July 27th, 2017, 6:50 p.m. local time

The Moon grows on its month-long journey to meet the Sun for the 2017 North America eclipse.  Tonight was clear, warm, and pleasant.  About 90 minutes before sunset the Moon’s crescent stood out in front of a paling blue sky through wisping clouds overhead.

In case you are having trouble seeing the Moon among those clouds, here is a closeup, not of the same picture but taken within a few minutes of it: