Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, CA / by Jon Norris

Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, NY  [Canon EOS R, ISO 100, 33 mm, f/11 at 1/6 sec]

Arch Rock, Joshua Tree National Park, NY [Canon EOS R, ISO 100, 33 mm, f/11 at 1/6 sec]

August 2019 | Sag Harbor | Joshua Tree National Park | Las Vegas

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Joshua Tree National Park. We’re very lucky to have this amazing national park just 2 hours away from us and I head there as often as I can. This month I squeezed in 3 camping trips … and while the summer is very hot in JT it does keep the number of visitors down … you just have to be prepared for the weather.

I’d been meaning to visit Arch Rock again for the last couple of years but hadn’t got round to it. As there was going to be a new moon over the last weekend in August I planned to try and get some crescent moon and astrological shots.

With the help of The Photographer’s Ephemeris, a powerful and incredibly useful app (but one that takes some practice to master), I had identified that the crescent moon was going to be visible through the arch of Arch Rock on the Saturday evening.

For once I gave myself plenty of time to get setup in the right place way before sunset and was ready when the time came. I spent a really enjoyable few hours taking photos and panos of Arch Rock as well as the surrounding boulders. I sat and waited for the light to change during the golden hour and sunset and then as the sky darkened the crescent moon came into view … right where TPE had said it would.