Full moon over my hammies...

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About 6:00pm from the parking lot, looking straight up at Mission Peak. The sky would remain crystal clear for the duration of the day (and night).

Today, i got off work early, so i decided to hightail it to Mission Peak to get some pix of the sunset that i have been unable to catch...due to the shortening winter days.  As it is, my Nikon is still in NY, so i had to settle for the crappy camera on my Blackberry...which surprised even me...it took surprisingly good pictures...that is for a crappy phone camera.

I have been wanting to catch the sunsets for some time now...the cloud structures across the horizon are amazing, and change drastically from day to day.  A few weeks ago, i ran up on a normal bright and sunny day, but there was a giant cloud over the peak.  I figured that the could would simply cast a long and large shadow over the hill, but it was full on "pea soup" in there.

The sun is still quite blinding looking back from the first turn on the trail...
  Visability was down to about 40 feet, and the wind wiped up and over the west side with a vengence.  And having once reached the top, there really isnt much of a view so to speak hahaha.  Looking up however, one can see the pink and vermillion colored clouds far above the peak, catching the last rays of the setting sun, obscured by mist and shadows...i really was half expecting some trolls or King Archur to come busting thru the fog at any time.

Having learned from my experiance on "Cloud City," i have since procured a hydration system pack, a head lamp, a fleece long sleeve and a wind breaker...can never be too sure anymore hahaha, i dont enjoy losing the feelin in my fingers...Mt. Fuji was bad enough since it took over 2 hours for the feeling to come back to them.

The light is brilliant just before it begings to settle in...

Today was quite an exception, and many blessings to speak of.  Firstly the winds were very calm, and i mean VERY calm.  There was almost not even so much as a whisp or a breeze at the top, even after the sun had gone to rest along the Marin headlands.  Secondly, the sky was completely clear except for the long finger that extended into the sunset from the north, but even that probably only took up 3% of the total sky...it just sat there, not moving, not spreading itself to the west nor to the east...it just anchored itself for the night...so strange.  The bottoms of the clouds light up a bright salmon color...the tops remained white and fluffy.  Thirdly, tonight was a full moon!!  Well, the calender says that it'll be completely full by tomorrow, but who's gonna fret over a few hours here and there hahahaha.

Looking northwest, the rays reach out with their golden fingers to every part of the golden hills...
  It was big, orange and bright as all hell.  Even though a few older people coming up well after sunset but before the moon had climbed over the top of the peak were using flashlights, they really were not at all nesessary.  even with the moon on the east side ascending, there was enough light to see all the way down the hill.  Once the moon did pop up, it looked like a police helicopter search light...the entire landscape lit up.

No moon cakes for BiG tonight though...sigh.  No double yolks...sigh.  I got some awesome pix of the setting sun though...hopefully you enjoy them too ^^ peas.

jenn79 says:
The pictures here are unbelievable, and very well done with the photo-essay style!! =)
Posted on: Oct 16, 2008
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About 6:00pm from the parking lot…
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