Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sun down, moon up

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Autumn in Israel is the season for dramatic sunsets and moonrises.

Enlarge the picture above and you might think the rings of Saturn had jumped over to the sun.

Nope. The "rings" stayed where they were in the cloud as the sun slipped behind the little choobchik mountain at 4:28 p.m.

Yesterday at 4:58 p.m. I looked out my window just in time to see the moon rising over the west edge of Jerusalem.
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Happy SkyWatch Friday to you, wherever you are.
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26 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

The sunset photos are good but the moon over Jerusalem is great!

Eki said...

What marvelous views, Dina. I'm sure I could seat there just watching the sun goes down or enjoying the night scene with the moon and stars (something I can't do on a normal day without going out of town onto higher grounds at the outskirt of the city.)

Gallow said...

These photos are great. I really like the one of the moon. You were able to capture the craters, as well as still seem the buildings on the land. Great job in balancing the lighting. That can be very tricky.

Spiderdama said...

The last one is beautiful! Jesusalem was even better than I thought;-)
Have a nice evening!

gigihawaii said...

Lovely photos! Strange that your sun sets so early in the day. Here in Hawaii, it sets AFTER 6 pm.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

I watched the sun set over the Pacific

jeannette stgermain said...

beautiful Dina! In my new neighborhood I can't see sunsets (too many buildings in the way) and miss it a lot.

Stine in Ontario said...

Very pretty! It gets dark very early this time of year!

clairz said...

I was taking photos of the same moonrise, only on the other side of the world! Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

Bestemor Aud said...

Very beautiful scenes from Jerusalem region!
The moon picture was very good taken!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures, Dina! I particularly love the moon over Jerusalem, too! Really breathtaking! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Misalyn said...

Great photos.

Amazing that the sun sets so early. Here in UAE, the sun sets at almost 06:00 PM. I think the weather in your place is also cool.

Melissa said...

Truly beautiful!

Tara R. said...

Beautiful set! The moonrise is stunning.

Dorothy said...

Fascinating photos and so worth the early morning rising.

This was my first visit..I'll be back.

Dorothy from grammology
grammology.com

Amanda said...

wow i love the succession of pictures here!!! Wonderful views of the moon and the sunset! happy skywatch =)
~Amanda

Ann said...

Beautiful, particularly the full moon shot. Well done.

Manang Kim said...

Oh yes it looks like saturn had come to get the sun. A very spectacular pictures thank you for sharing!

My SkyWatchFriday-Sunset

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I also love the moon picture.

I just love autumn sunset pictures. For some reason there are all sorts of optical effects that add to the effect.

Quilt Works said...

Dina, how beautiful I love the sunset over the mountains.


... "Look what I saw from the gazebo"

Cloudia said...

You blog provides me with a daily pilgrimage!

That last photo is AWESOME.

Shalom,


Comfort Spiral

Pietro said...

Very nice, Dina.
Fantastic atmosphere, in the last image.

Kay said...

Oooooo.... very cool photos, Dina. I love the look of the Saturn rings.

Eaglesbrother said...

Great photo's...you really captured some nice setting sun scenes.



Eaglesbrother

Dick said...

Great pictures, it sure looks like Saturn.

FA said...

Incredible captures, Dina. I just posted a moon shot that I took on Monday. It's nice to know that, although thousands of miles apart, we are gazing on the same loveliness of God's creation.