A photographer’s photo has gone viral after capturing a perfect ‘moon rise’ through a rock arch – which looks just like a human eye.
Nature photographer Zach Cooley has garnered over 17,000 likes on Instagram with the breathtaking shot, which he said took months of planning.
He took the one-off photo on October 28 during a short vacation in Arches National Park in Utah, USA.
To explain on his Instagram page, @zachcooleyphoto, he said, “I planned an entire vacation mainly around the fact that the moon’s rise would tie in with this arc and I could end up with something resembling a ghostly eye in Halloween week.
“Planning this shot was difficult and it started several months in advance.
“Despite cross-references to the moon phase in multiple applications, there is no guarantee that you will be in the right place, just a few steps in any direction and you will not get a picture.
“For two nights I took some single photos and double exposures, I thought this one was best for the eye, guess what?”
Thousands of fans raved about the ambitious photo and handed out a few cheap puns.
One said: “You really have an eye for photography.”
Zach later added, “I had never been more nervous for a photo as the moment approached, and never happier with the outcome of the planning when the moon appeared where I hoped and passed perfectly through the arc.”
It looks like Zach’s weekend getaway will pay for itself, because that’s the way it is by demand selling prints of the breathtaking moon moment on his website.
The arch in the photo is known as the delicate arch.
It is 16 meters high and is the most famous of the 2000+ natural sandstone arches in the 76,000 acre national park.
The Delicate Arch is also one of the most famous landmarks in the US state of Utah.
This year, Halloween’s full moon – traditionally known as the Harvest or Hunter’s Moon, depending on how close it falls to the autumn equinox – was also a blue moon.