A supermoon and a spout: Locals capture shots of nature, cosmos in action

Matt Algarin
Chris Troianello, a Destin resident, captured this shot of the supermoon from his home in Connecticut. He told The Log he shot the picture through two lens extenders.

Locals had some great photo opportunities recently, as a waterspout formed in Choctawhatchee Bay Saturday morning and a picturesque supermoon floated in the sky Saturday night.

As rain fell Saturday morning and a storm rolled in over the Bay, the waterspout formed on the western side of the Mid-Bay Bridge, based on photos shared with The Log.

For those who have lived in Destin for a while or other waterfront locations, waterspouts are not an uncommon occurrence.

According to a report, courtesy of tornado expert Greg Forbes, “the warm waters surrounding Florida provide warmth and moisture for growing clouds that can spawn waterspouts. Often the clouds that form waterspouts are not even thunderstorms and tend to stay over the warm waters.”

The article goes on to say that researches estimate that about 500 waterspouts form in the state annually.

 As for Saturday night’s supermoon, eyes and camera lenses were pointed to the sky. A supermoon occurs when a new or full moon comes closer to Earth than usual, which makes the moon appear larger and give off more light.

There have already been two supermoons this year, and there will be a total of five for the entire year, so if you missed Saturday night’s you can catch a glimpse Aug. 10 or Sept. 9.

For Shalimar resident Shannon Quinlan, who saw the moon while driving home, this was her second time shooting the supermoon.

“I hurried home and grabbed my Nikon d90 camera and placed my 155-2500 lens to get that close capture,” she told The Log. “I sat outside on the ground and held my hands very still. I took many pics to try to get the clearest photo of the moon to see detail.”