The Full Moon at Dusk Over the San Francisco East Coast, 16 November 2013

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Good Evening:

I began today’s chores at 3:04 p.m., taking buses everywhere, starting with the 71-Noriega, followed by the 22-Fillmore, the 14-Mission, the 14-Mission Limited, 48-Quintara, 22-Fillmore again, and concluding with a return on the 71 and safely back home at 7:01 p.m. I even managed to visit all five stores I wanted. But dusk fell in between the 48 and the second 22 as I walked along 3rd Street.

And with the dusk, the full moon, nestled in the heart of The Belt of Venus.

Full Moon Over San Francisco's East Coast, 16 November 2013

Full Moon Over San Francisco’s East Coast, 16 November 2013

The Belt of Venus is the pinkish ring, sometimes with an orange tinge, that you see just over the misty horizon at dusk on cloudless (and fogless) evenings. Except these pictures turned out purple. Odd, but explainable.

Medium Zoom In of Full Moon, 16 November 2013

Medium Zoom In of Full Moon, 16 November 2013

I only had the point-and-shoot with me, and the Landscape Mode was failing badly to capture the scene. So I switched to the Dusk/Dawn Mode and captured a fairly crisply detailed Moon, but the Belt had turned purple, and the silvery-grey mist at the horizon had turned violet. It’s just the nature of my point-and-shoot.

Full Moon at Extreme Zoom In, 16 November 2013

Full Moon at Extreme Zoom In, 16 November 2013

Of course, purple happens to be my favorite color, so this became an attempt to take a weakness that might be unique to my old-ish camera and turn into something I like, namely, the incongruous conjunction of a very nice looking Moon with a brilliant purple background–and an industrial environment of poles and wires in the foreground.

Vonn Scott Bair

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