A full moon at Summer Solstice has not been experienced since the “Summer of Love” in 1967. While I was much too young to be aware of this event I do remember owning a camera at that time already… but animals and flowers were mostly of interest then.
This year’s Summer Solstice was much anticipated as I just returned home from an exhausting teaching trip. Grabbing my camera, tripod and a couple of lenses was on the agenda to celebrate free time, and when the weather cooperated I was ecstatic. All day the sun moved across a sky free of clouds. Just in time for Golden Hour a few wisps appeared on the horizon. We headed to our favorite place to capture sunset and moon rise events, Lovering Lakes Recreational Site in Southern Saskatchewan.
Sunset and Strawberry Moon Rise were to take place simultaneously. Sunset was to be at 9:16 pm, the moon was to rise at 9:14 pm. Lovering Lakes is the perfect place to take in both. We set up facing west and took advantage of the still lake and the perfect reflection as the sun neared the horizon.
This was the view east at the same time. With the gently rolling hills in the distance (yes, we consider these slight rises hills here on the southern prairie…) we were unable to witness the exact emergence of the moon. It was difficult to divide our attention between the sunset and moon rise. Swiveling the camera back and forth I finally decided to fully focus on the sunset and capture the moon in its entirety after it had emerged.
Colorful twilight was soon replaced by the light of the full moon. A memorable event captured forever with my camera. 24 hours later the sky is grey and laden with rain heavy clouds. The farmers are happy for the moisture, but it makes for few photographic opportunities…