The ideal time to photograph a Wolf Moon is at moonrise, along the horizon, when the illusion of size will be greatest. At moonrise yesterday, we were socked in with drizzle, clouds and brume.

Even though I missed the classic horizon shot, I still wanted a glimpse and capture of this Wolf — a near-full moon at perigee, perigee being the moon’s closest point to the earth. These images are precisely what I saw, as the clouds masked Wolfie moon like a scrim, gaping from time to time to reveal his full splendor.

This National Geographic piece describes the phenomenon of the Wolf Moon – with this year’s appearing 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger, owing to its closer-than-usual proximity to earth.

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