My friend Dave and I made our way out to Zumwalt Park on the west side of Fern Ridge reservoir last evening in anticipation of a full moon rising over the water. We got there in time catch some light from the setting sun behind us playing with the shoreline and bunches of reeds growing in the water. Just painted the shoreline with silver.
The water level is really low meaning that there are mudflats all along the edge of the reservoir. We made our way out onto the mudflats to set up for the moonrise but that meant leaving the camera bags back in the brush so that they did not get too muddy. Any time we had to fetch a different lens or a filter or what ever bit of gear we had to slog our way through the mud – back and forth – getting softer or ‘suckier’ with each trip. As the sun set the moon came up. The sunset cast beautiful light on the clouds framing the moon and lit up the water.
Finally the sun went down and the whole mood of the scene changed away from the delicate reds and purples a half hour earlier and into deep blues. Still a pretty scene but so different. The shot below was taken about 30 minutes after official moonrise.