African moonrise
Caption: Full moon rising above the trees in early evening, Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Canon Rebel XSi 12.2MP); Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM; Focal Length: 400mm; Shutter speed: 1/100; Aperture: f/5.6; ISO: 400.

Moonrise in the African bush is nearly always spectacular. Maybe it’s because one’s on holiday, so you simply have more time to gaze and appreciate it.

Often you’re still out on your afternoon game drive and a knowledgeable safari guide will position the vehicle to ensure guests have the best possible view. There’s also the African dust, particularly in winter when game viewing is at its best, which saturates the orangy-reds of the huge orb as it rises above the tree line.

The photo above of the full moon rising was taken at 5.51pm on 28 April this year, which in southern Africa is autumn or fall.




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