I took my camera up on the hill behind the house this morning after refilling the bird feeders to perhaps catch a few candid shots of the critters. I had the 75-300mm telephoto lens on the camera, figuring to get some remote close shots if they presented themselves. I did get some good critter shots, but I surprised myself that I was able to get a non-tripod, non-stabilized photo of the last crescent phase of the moon before it gets too close to the sun to see.
According to a lunar information website that I visit from time to time, the illuminated portion of the lunar disc amounts to ten percent of the surface visible from Earth. The actual new moon will not be until Monday, but, as I mentioned, the moon will be too close to the sun over the next couple of days to be able to make any amateur observations of the waning crescent.
We will be looking toward the west after sunset next Tuesday and Wednesday in hopes of seeing the first phases of the waxing crescent moon. Stay tuned.