Moonrise at the Big Coulee - Abandoned rural ND church with lake and full moon rising
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"Moonrise at the Big Coulee" This is the Big Coulee Lutheran church (long-abandoned) in a very remote area of Ramsey County, ND. If you zoom in, you can see it partially spelled out on the ornate metal entry arch (between trees, and missing the "I") which is common feature of many old rural churches. I positioned myself carefully beforehand using a software/GPS program so the moon would in the desired position, and set up my tripod in the back of the pickup truck to gain elevation. The wind was whipping and it was only about 45 degrees, so it was challenging shot with camera motion (wind and truck suspension), long shutter speed, and stiff fingers (I forgot to bring a coat!). I also took shots of the moon just rising above horizon all the way up to this final point, where it lit up a beautiful reflection path in the foreground water. Image captured with Pentax K-1 and DA*200mm lens on 5/7/20. This image was published in the 2020 edition of the "Pentaxian Yearbook"
May 9th, 2020
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