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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Daytime Moon

The sun isn't the only thing shining in the sky lately - the moon has been out during the day. I looked up info on the phenomenon, and this is what I found:

When the Moon is full, and at its brightest, it sits directly opposite the Sun in the sky, which means it is below the horizon while the Sun is up. The New Moon rises during the day, but sits too close to the Sun to be seen. It sets at night, which is why the night sky is dark during the New Moon. It’s only as the Moon gets close to its quarter phases that the conditions are ideal for it to be seen during the day. That is, it is bright enough, far enough away from the Sun to be seen, and rises or sets during daylight hours. When all of these conditions come together, and when the sky is clear enough, the Moon becomes visible during the daytime.

Dedicated to fellow blogger Klaus Peter of Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Kinzel Lake

This small remote lake can be accessed a few ways. One of the more popular is hiking the Kinzel Lake Trail, built in 1925, which spans the distance between the lush river bottom environment along the Salmon River and the dry ridgetop on Hunchback Mountain. However, you can also access the lake by driving the unmaintained Sherar Burn Road (mentioned earlier last week on my Veda Lake post) for 9 miles to access the area. It is very secluded, and surrounded by gorgeous wildflower meadows.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Elevation




At 11,235 ft, Mt Hood is Oregon's highest peak. In this photo, you can see the beginnings of the famous cloud cap that forms over its summit, also known as Hood's Hood. The meadow in the foreground is Summit Meadow, and was home to many pioneers making their way west. It became a tollgate from 1866-1870.