By: Alan Dyer
Tags: Alberta, astrophotography, Blackfoot, Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park, Bow River, Cluny, conjunction, constellation, Mars, nightscape, Saturn, Scorpius, Siksika First Nation, twilight, waxing Moon
|Camera:||Canon EOS 6D|
The waxing Moon shines between Saturn and Mars over the waters of the Bow River.
It was a beautiful autumn evening for watching the twilight showing of the crescent Moon accompanied by Saturn (at right of centre) and the pairing of Mars (at left, above) with his rival red star, Antares in Scorpius (at left, below).
The river is the Bow, with its headwaters at Bow Glacier in Banff.
To shoot this scene I drove to the grounds of the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park south of Cluny, Alberta to take advantage of its viewpoint overlooking the Bow River and the heart of the traditional Siksika First Nations tribal lands.
It was here, in the valley below, that Treaty Seven was signed between Chief Crowfoot and Colonel James Macleod in September 1877. Today, a beautiful interpretive centre sits on the hillside at the heart of Blackfoot country.
– Alan, September 28, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer