Vew of Scripps pier from between the support pylons. The moon is setting and can be seen aligned in the center of the opening.

Moon Gate | Scripps Pier, La Jolla

The support pylons underneath Scripps Pier form a gate like structure and moon sets in the opening at the end. The light from the moon shifts orange as it approaches the horizon,

The Story Behind the Photo

Every lunar cycle, the moon takes a wandering path across the sky. Sometimes it rises and sets further to the south, other times it is more northerly. However on this day it set at 289.6 degrees which perfectly aligned it with the opening at the end of Scripps Pier. I was further fortunate in that there was no marine layer to block the view.

The underside of Scripps Pier has always reminded me of a gate. In this case, for a brief moment taking me straight to the moon, a reminder that even if it appears most of the time like there's nothing at the end of our path, things change and it's just a matter of time.

I took this photo just a few minutes before moonset on 3/18/19. The time was around 5:25 a.m. or about 1.5 hours before sunrise. I believe this is the first photo ever taken with the moon aligned in the center of the pier's opening.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 100 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Museum Quality Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


Acrylic Fine Art Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a photographic print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of TruLife acrylic which is an ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective glazing. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally and bounces it off the surface of the print resulting in a display with incredible depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to have light emanating from the image itself. The back of the print is sealed with another layer of protective acrylic.

The print comes ready to hang with hidden mounting hardware on the back that makes the print appear as if it is floating in front of the wall. No additional framing is needed. Choose this medium for a modern and minimalist presentation.

Print is signed and numbered on verso (back).

Please allow 4-6 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


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