In the United States, a photographer caught a spectacular snap of a full moon through a rock arch.
On October 28, Zach Cooley took the spectacular shots at Arches National Park, Utah – and from his unique point of view at that particular moment, the distant moon and the rock arch seemed to come together to form a giant eye.
However, this was not a random encounter. At the correct time, Zach was in the right spot, but only because he had prepared and waited carefully.
Sharing a photo on Instagram that he had dreamed of, Zach said: “Happy Halloween weekend!”
“I planned an entire vacation mostly around the fact that the moonrise would align with this arch and I could get something resembling a spooky eye on the week of Halloween.
“Over two nights I got some single shots and double exposures. I thought this one was best for the eye look, what do you think?”
However, some have accused Zach of faking the photo.
He explained: “My ‘moon eye’ image from the other week has received way more attention than I ever would have imagined, and that’s been pretty exciting. After being shared on Facebook and Reddit it went somewhat viral on both.
“I didn’t become aware until the posts had taken off quite a bit. It became overwhelming to try and keep up with everything between those platforms and Instagram shares as well.
“I wanted to thank people for their comments, and also try to keep up with conversations going on around whether the image was Photoshopped\fake\etc, by answering questions, addressing various claims, etc, but it was pretty much impossible. I essentially gave up.”