Oct. Field Trip - Full Moon Maddness at Biscayne Bay!

  • Biscayne National Park Visitor Center 9700 SW 328th St Homestead, FL, 33033 United States

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 15th for the Full Hunter's Moon rise/sunset. The moon will rise out of the east at approximately 6:52pm and the sun will be setting 3 minutes later; almost simultaneously! Great photo opportunities here, weather permitting!

Biscayne National Park approved us staying past their normal closing time to shoot the sunset/moonrise. We do have to meet at the park entrance before they close to gain entrance, be there by 5. After 5:30, you wont be able to get in. The gate will be locked.  And we'll have to vacate the park by 8:30pm. 

Since Hurricane Matthew disrupted our meeting last Thursday, we'll do our learning at Biscayne NP. After we all get in the park we'll gather in the theater room for a quick lesson in lunar photography with Bob Richardson. You'll also be able to take a gander at our gallery photos if you haven't already.

The bugs will still be out but not as bad as mid summer, but this is So Fla, there will be mosquitoes. Be sure to still bring bug spray, ThermaCells, and your bug jackets, just in case. Whatever makes YOU comfortable. You'll probably only need to spray, but why chance it.

You will definitely want to bring your tripod and a shutter release to lessen the chance of camera shake, and both a wide angle for the sunset/moonrise landscape, and a telephoto lens to capture the moon surface. Bring the best lenses that you've got to do the job. I only have the "kit" lenses and I can shoot the moon just fine. Since we'll be there nearly 2 hours before the sunset/moonrise, you may want to bring other lenses if you have them. There might be some great opportunities to shoot some macro beforehand.

You may also want to bring along water and snacks if so inclined. The park will be closed to the public and amenities closed along with it. So stop for provisions before you get there. You can also bring along a lawn chair if you'd like to sit and enjoy the show that mother nature will provide.

We ask that you please RSVP for this field trip by sending an email to us at:  info@sfnpcc.org.

There is $10 fee for non-members to attend field trips.

Photo courtesy of Barbara Livieri