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Comet Pan-STARRS As Seen Over Southern Florida

Comet Pan-STARRS over Florida Everglades. March 2013

After several days dealing with high upper-level clouds and rain showers, the skies finally cleared some this evening allowing me the opportunity to get a view of the Comet Pan-STARRS over Lake Okeechobee in souther Florida.

When I first arrived I was a little concerned with a big canopy of high-level clouds streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico, but as the sunset the large area clouds shifted slightly south giving a clear open view of the western sky at dusk. At first it was hard to find the comet, but after about 10 minutes of scanning the sky the comet began to faintly shine through a very thin layer of cirrus clouds and contrails.

Comet Pan-Starrs and crescent moon.

I could barely see it with my naked eye, but looking through my telephoto lens it popped right out of the frame hanging in the sky below a beautiful crescent moon. I'm really happy I got the opportunity to see this beautiful comet after several days of clouds and poor sky conditions, and thankfully mother nature worked in my favor tonight.

Also see: Vivid Sun Halo over southern Florida on March 13, 2013.


Smooth Waves Weekend With Crescent Moon Venus

Green ground swells along Florida east coast.

I had a very nice long Thanksgiving weekend with my family, and catching some good football games, even with the Dolphins losing in Dallas. I also enjoyed some personal time out shooting amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean with glassy waves, fanatic sunsets and the Moon and Venus in the evening twilight sky. A great weekend and a lot to be thankful for.

Jeff Gammons taking in the waves and ocean sitting on rocks.

Thanksgiving Eve the winds shifted offshore along the Florida east coast ahead of the next weak front making for smooth ocean surface waters. The remnant ground swell still was moving in from the east, and combined with the offshore winds, the waves were super clean. The rocky coastline of South Hutchinson Island also made for some interesting photography with the waves, and produced some relaxing sounds at the same time that would put you to sleep in a nice beach chair.

Crescent moon and Venus November 2011

Saturday evening after the sunset, there was a nice treat in the twilight sky looking to the southwest just above the horizon. A beautiful crescent moon with the planet Venus just above the moon to the left vividly hanging in the sky. After waiting out for the perfect light and fighting the mosquitoes off with the spray (yes we still have them here in South Florida during the Fall) I was able to capture a stunning shot over Lake Okeechobee. This pictures has made the rounds on Twitter, Google+ and FaceBook with thousands of views the last 48 hours. Thank everyone for sharing the picture!

Deep orange Florida sunset over lake okeechobee

Lastly, the sunsets over the last few evenings have been just as amazing. In late November and December, the farmers burn off the sugarcane fields (not the best for air quality) which the lingering smoke hangs low in the dusk sky making for wild looking sunsets. I even squeezed in a sunset timelapse over the weekend that came out great! Watch out for my 2011 weather highlight web video coming soon here on the website.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend, and I guess I can officially say Happy Holidays to you. :-)