Wednesday 26 May
Last night's super blood moon and lunar eclipse kind of snuck up on me, but wow, what a special event it was. With mostly clear skies and a relatively warm evening, we were able to sit comfortably, rugged up outside, to enjoy this spectacle of nature.
Moonrise time was 4.47 pm.
Laurel and I were ready and waiting down by the ponds.
The ibis were already roosting in their favourite tree.
We have a horizon of 180 degrees, so we are never quite sure where the moon will appear each month. Finally, a glimpse of a white glow, through the trees to the south east.
At 7pm the penumbral eclipse was sheduled to commence. Alas, our clear sky was now dotted with whispy clouds. These became thicker and thicker until we could hardly see the moon. Thankfully, within 45 mins, these clouds passed on and the sky was clear again for watching the eclipse.
Happiness is ................... lying on your back, watching the moon with your best friend!
My eclipse shots taken with my Sony point and shoot, with 30 x zoom lens.
10pm - naked eye and zoom shot after the full ecipse. There is a white dot in the centre!
The following morning I was well and truely due for a sleep in, after a very busy few days. Thankfully my body thought otherwise. Consequently I discovered that the moon was still up, but low in the sky. I quickly dressed and drove a couple of kilometres to an open field.
This is the view which greeted me, as I turned down a narrow road to the field.
This is the view when I parked, and looked west, to find the moon. I momentarily spotted it before the clouds enveloped it. Had it not been cloudy, I was positioned to snap the moon hanging from the light post.
Turning north east, I was wowed by the molten sunrise colours, for a good half hour.
The weather radar 'golf ball', atop Stapleton Hill.
Turning to leave, I couldn't resist the reflection on the car windows.
Back at the road's entry point, I now enjoyed the softness of the dawn and birdlife on the pond.
Last week a friend sent me an email with a link to creative moon rise shots, set to music. This prompted me to create my own.
I had seen something similar 10 years ago and became a little more creative when photographing the moon. The first few images are the ones I had seen 10 years ago. Technology and I are not the best of friends, but I am delighted with my video. To be able to post it here, I had to downsize the resolution and quality.
My happiness metre is on overload at present, but I am not complaining. Nature is truly uplifting and awe inspiring!
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