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Mar 28, 2021 09:28:53   #
Wilderness Images Loc: Apache Junction, AZ.
 
For more than a week now, I've been documenting the formation of the Cougar's Shadow in one of the canyons of Superstition Mountain. Recent weather problems ruined opportunities for the past two days so I wanted to get tonight's shots for my records.

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) indicated that the (almost) full moon would be rising at about the same time as the Cougar's Shadow was forming, so I was prepared for an interesting evening. I arrived early to get my tripod set in its place and waited to see who would arrive first. I took one early shot of the Cougar, and looked further down the mountain, and there was the moon peeking above the ridgeline.

Well, I swung the camera around and went to full 300mm on the telephoto to capture the moon as it rose, and finally cleared the mountain. Then I returned the camera back to the Cougar and back to 100mm, and thought it would be so cool to catch both in a panorama. I did a four-shot pano to catch em both then went back to recording the formation of the Cougar.

The shadow is obviously not well formed yet but the sun and moon are on pretty tight schedules and wouldn't cooperate with a patient photographer.

Jack Olson


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A better formed shadow from 03/24/21
A better formed shadow from 03/24/21...
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Mar 28, 2021 09:43:52   #
frankraney Loc: Clovis, Ca. For the last 50 years.
 
Wilderness Images wrote:
For more than a week now, I've been documenting the formation of the Cougar's Shadow in one of the canyons of Superstition Mountain. Recent weather problems ruined opportunities for the past two days so I wanted to get tonight's shots for my records.

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) indicated that the (almost) full moon would be rising at about the same time as the Cougar's Shadow was forming, so I was prepared for an interesting evening. I arrived early to get my tripod set in its place and waited to see who would arrive first. I took one early shot of the Cougar, and looked further down the mountain, and there was the moon peeking above the ridgeline.

Well, I swung the camera around and went to full 300mm on the telephoto to capture the moon as it rose, and finally cleared the mountain. Then I returned the camera back to the Cougar and back to 100mm, and thought it would be so cool to catch both in a panorama. I did a four-shot pano to catch em both then went back to recording the formation of the Cougar.

The shadow is obviously not well formed yet but the sun and moon are on pretty tight schedules and wouldn't cooperate with a patient photographer.

Jack Olson
For more than a week now, I've been documenting th... (show quote)


Very good. I would say it was formed enough. The cougar stands out well. Good job. Thanks for sharing.

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Mar 28, 2021 10:11:23   #
Craigdca Loc: Pasadena, California
 
Wow that’s great! I like how you shared your experience. I bet you’ve already planned a return trip if and when the full moon rises farther to the north.

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Mar 28, 2021 10:16:03   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Wonderful set, Jack! Your excellent photos and narrative made this a very pleasant visit.

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Mar 28, 2021 10:18:53   #
jederick Loc: Northern Utah
 
Thanks for the interesting intro and photos, Jack...the cougar really stands out!!

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Mar 28, 2021 10:28:47   #
lamiaceae Loc: San Luis Obispo County, CA
 
Wilderness Images wrote:
For more than a week now, I've been documenting the formation of the Cougar's Shadow in one of the canyons of Superstition Mountain. Recent weather problems ruined opportunities for the past two days so I wanted to get tonight's shots for my records.

The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) indicated that the (almost) full moon would be rising at about the same time as the Cougar's Shadow was forming, so I was prepared for an interesting evening. I arrived early to get my tripod set in its place and waited to see who would arrive first. I took one early shot of the Cougar, and looked further down the mountain, and there was the moon peeking above the ridgeline.

Well, I swung the camera around and went to full 300mm on the telephoto to capture the moon as it rose, and finally cleared the mountain. Then I returned the camera back to the Cougar and back to 100mm, and thought it would be so cool to catch both in a panorama. I did a four-shot pano to catch em both then went back to recording the formation of the Cougar.

The shadow is obviously not well formed yet but the sun and moon are on pretty tight schedules and wouldn't cooperate with a patient photographer.

Jack Olson
For more than a week now, I've been documenting th... (show quote)


I am so horrible with seeing natural shadows from rock formation. Like I can never make out the eagle at Eagle Rock, an area of Los Angeles. At certain times of day it supposedly looks like an eagle. Yet I see all sorts of weird things on and in trees. As to the Couger here. In the second image, is the mouth above the "A" in the word DOWNLOAD?

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Mar 28, 2021 10:33:10   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
COOL!

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Mar 28, 2021 10:56:25   #
Cwilson341 Loc: Central Florida
 
Both shots are impressive but I really love the close shot of the cougar! Awesome.

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Mar 28, 2021 16:02:42   #
Wilderness Images Loc: Apache Junction, AZ.
 
Thanks for all the great comments, and to lamiaceae, yes, that is the Cougar's mouth, open and hoping to catch the prey it's chasing.

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Mar 28, 2021 23:56:37   #
frankraney Loc: Clovis, Ca. For the last 50 years.
 
Wilderness Images wrote:
Thanks for all the great comments, and to lamiaceae, yes, that is the Cougar's mouth, open and hoping to catch the prey it's chasing.


Are you going to start planning for September.

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Mar 29, 2021 06:33:31   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 
Nice!

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Mar 29, 2021 08:42:21   #
Wilderness Images Loc: Apache Junction, AZ.
 
frankraney wrote:
Are you going to start planning for September.


Hah, already got the dates marked in my calendar. Last September was a wipe-out cause all the local wildfires had way too much ash in the sky and wiped out the shadows.

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Mar 29, 2021 10:05:53   #
DaveJ Loc: NE Missouri
 
Very interesting topic along with great photos! Thank Jack.

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Mar 29, 2021 14:38:16   #
Wilderness Images Loc: Apache Junction, AZ.
 
DaveJ wrote:
Very interesting topic along with great photos! Thank Jack.


Thanks for looking Dave.

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