Yucca Moon

Yucca Moon

Who says dark has no color?  Snapped this one not long after sunset while waiting for it to get dark enough to begin the Messier Marathon at our local astronomy club’s observatory south of Albuquerque.  I painted the dried Yucca stalk with my red LED flashlite.  Notice how “spectral” the colors of the sky in the background appear.

I haven’t seen this effect this pronounced before.  There was a lot of scattered dust in the air, and I’m wondering if this is partly due to ash from Mt. Redoubt’s recent eruption?

Time will tell.