Wow, it has been too long since I have posted. I am sorry. I have been swamped with teaching, and it only looks like its going to get busier. In any case several things have developed over the last month. I promise to get to that news as soon as I get back from the Autumn in Yosemite Valley workshop taking place this weekend.
However tonight, like clockwork we went out to search for the new crescent moon of the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar, Dhul Hijjah. With good fortune we were able to see this incredibly thin crescent and photograph it. This moon not only marks the beginning of the 12th month, but also the Hajj or holy pilgrimage to Mecca for the Muslims. Approximately 2 to 2.5 million Muslims make the annual pilgrimage in a human spectacle that is unsurpassed anywhere else in the world.
To all my Muslim readers, Dhul Hijjah Mubarak and to all the Pilgrims, Hajj Maqbool (may your pilgrimage be accepted).
Oh, the particulars of this moon. Captured at 6:40 pm PDT, at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve in California in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains 37.2° N latitude, 122.2° W Longitude at an elevation of approximately 2300 feet above sea level. With an altitude of approximately 2° and an azimuth of 242°. The skies were completely clear.