Cathedral Supermoon by Bill Belvin

Bill Belvin
Bill Belvin
Bill is a Sedona based fine arts photographer specializing in creating richly detailed images of the American Southwest wilderness. He loves capturing the patterns and symmetries present in sandstone and sharing the results with others.



Cathedral Supermoon

This photo of Cathedral Rock was shot from the Llama Trail on February 9, 2020 about 15 minutes after sunrise. The full moon shown is both a snow moon and a supermoon.  Full moons that occur in February are called Snow Moons in most of the northern hemisphere and are called Harvest Moons in the southern hemisphere.  The moon is called a supermoon because it is closer to the earth than normal making it appear about ten percent larger than usual.  The shot was carefully planned so that the moon would float between two of Cathedral Rock’s four peaks. Even so a quick last-minute adjustment in our position was needed to get the moon centered.  Cathedral Rock has four peaks.  None are accessible unless you are a rock climber, and the crumbly sandstone makes it very risky to do so.   It is possible to hike to the saddles shown via a well-marked trail.