Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Moon and Venus in Switzerland

Click to enlarge. Photo taken this past Sunday © by David Kaplan


Sometimes a morning sky can be serene and surreal. This past Sunday a sublime sky appeared above a snowy slope in eastern Switzerland. Quiet clouds blanket the scene, lit from beneath by lights from the village of Trubbach.  Mittlerspitz, the snow covered mountain, posing dramatically on the upper left, hovers over the small town of Balzers, Liechtenstein. The Alps can be seen across the far right, just below the rising sun. Visible on the upper right are the crescent Moon and the bright planet Venus. Venus will remain in the morning sky all month. Text (adapted) and photo are from Astronomy Picture of the Day LINK.

14 comments:

Bonnie said...

WOW!! Takes my breath away Dan.

Noelle Renee said...

That is a completely stunning photo. It is almost otherworldly. You should put your copyright (watermark) on it. It is simply beautiful. I saw one similar done by a man named David Kaplan but it is an HDR. that you achieved this with a regular shot is uncanny and miraculous. Thank you for sharing.
Noelle

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Bonnie. That's what I thought, too. So stunning I just had to share.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Noelle. I don't think there's any copyright on this photo, but, good eye, it was taken by David Kaplan. Perhaps you saw this same one? I'm wondering what HDR stands for.

steven said...

dan what a moment! i was imagining waking up in the hillside hut and walking out with a cup of tea to see this . . . . steven

Dan Gurney said...

Yes, steven. I see a lot of dawns from my living room window. They're quite spectacular because I have a view to the east across the Santa Rosa Plain. Not as splendid as this photo, sure. But really nice, and I can resist the temptation to grab a camera, preferring instead to breath in and out so as better to fully absorb the earth's sublime beauty.

George said...

Thanks so much, Dan! This is just stunning. It starts my day off with an indescribable sense of awe.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What an incredibly beautiful scene!!!!! This is an amazing planet!

The Pollinatrix said...

Gorgeous! Would probably enjoy it more though if I wasn't so cold right now, due to being in day two of a natural gas outage in my area.

Noelle Renee said...

Hi Dan,
It is a beautiful photo. Actually there is a copyright on it. I would put the photographer's name at the bottom and link it to where you got it from. On his blog, I think that he allows blogging but he has an embed code. I am sure he would be amenable if you did that. It is lovely. No harm done as long as you give credit. Thought I recognized the work. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range Imaging which is what this is. He is famous for it. He has a similar photo. Both this photo and the other are on Pixdaus.com and on his blog. I don't think he gave permission to Pixdaus, but they do have his name there.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, George. That's how I felt when I saw it. I just had to share it. Thanks for commenting.

Dan Gurney said...

Sherry, this IS a beautiful planet, and it's our work to notice that, share it with others, and learn to love it more. Earth and all life on it are sacred to me.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli. Well I hope you've got some warm blankets and some hot tea. Here in California many people are commenting on how warm it's been. Be well.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Noelle. I saw it on NASA's website. I've put a link to where I found it and put the copyright symbol up there. I hope that will satisfy Mr. Kaplan if he sees it here. If he's not happy that I admire his photographic skills and want to share his work with my small corner of the web, well, of course, at his request I would take down this post.