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Dan Hicks

Location of Photo:

Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada.

Date/Time of photo:

April 8th, 2020 07:20 MDT


Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR (2014) with Canon EF 100-400 mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM lens (2006), handheld, through a second-floor window; automatic settings - ISO 250, f-stop 5.6, exposure 1/500 of a second, & focal length 400 mm.


The ancient Purcell Mountains began to rise two and half billion years ago, at the dawn of the Proterozoic eon near whose end Precambrian Ediacarans would have played among them beneath sultry seas and, upon emerging from the waves, have served as backdrops for innumerable moonrises and moonsets in our more frantic Phanerozoic eon times (far fewer moons for the youthful Rockies - dating back merely 80 million years). My photograph shows our April 8th Pink full moon setting over the Purcells’ northeastern Mount Bigattini complex (07:20 MDT), as it is illuminated by the rising spring sun’s first rays; as seen from 22.2 kilometers to the east-northeast of Bigattini’s rounded summit (just out of photo, on left) - in Cranbrook, British Columbia (Canada). The Pink moon moniker is inspired by the flaming April-blooming pink phlox wildflower. Although our Pink moon was the closest full moon of the year, its being “closer” than other full moons would be perceptible only through precision instruments; its supermoon designation serves as little more than a “fun stuff” item at newscast conclusions.


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