Editors note: This past weekend we experienced the "most super" of all three of this year's supermoons. Gary Yost volunteers as a fire lookout at the East Peak of Mt. Tam, and decided to stay up all night to film it from the rare and unique vantage point. The fog ceiling is between 1500-2000 ft., above the Pantoll gate. Since the gate is locked every night, it's something that only rangers and lookouts would ever get to see. Below, he explains a bit more.
Here are two new short videos I made this past weekend that feature natural phenomena 99.99% of us never get to see. (But that’s what I love do… make the invisible, visible.)
The first is a study of how the fog appeared under Saturday night’s silvery-blue full moonlight as it rushed in to completely cover the SF Bay area. Shot from the Mt. Tam Fire Lookout, it’s a new way of looking at something we all deal with during the summer but never are able to see for what it is… a magical mysterious tsunami of vapor that erases almost all traces of civilization every evening.
This second piece (only 30 seconds long) is a sun glory which is an optical phenomenon that resembles an iconic saint's halo above the shadow of the observer's head. This glory manifested in the fog below me as I was leaving the fire lookout Sunday morning, and it’s freakin amazing.
What’s really a coincidence is that the Blanket video features a moon glory that I shot eight hours before the sun glory appeared. Between 1:56-2:01, you can see it on the edge of the moving Fire Lookout’s shadow as it intersects the fog on the left side of the screen.