Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar eclipse


One of our coldest late winter nights--the thermometer reads 9 degrees.
A couple of inches of crunchy snow beneath our feet, we stood and watched the brightness fade.
And listened to our owl under a dusky orange moon.

A night to be remembered.





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20 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Well captured Nina
I missed it because of cloud cover..
I like the didtance shot as well.

Dave Coulter said...

The skies were clear here. It was a dramatic sight. You got some nice shots, and an owl to boot!

Mungo said...

I was outside here in Toronto last night, also taking photos of the eclipse... brrrrr....

Cheers,

Mungo

nina said...

Yes--and though I should credit my husband's greater photographic experience with getting these shots--I experienced the cold feet, frozen face and fingers!

Isn't ironic that the most inhospitable conditions reveal the greatest beauty!

Cathy said...

Nina,

Our eyes were fixed on the same wonder. I'll bet your fingers were as frigid as mine as you (or your hubby) fumbled with the camera and prayed you were capturing the magic.

I think the call of an owl might have sent me over the edge. Too much mystery and beauty for one night.

"My soul is all but out of me, -- let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call."

(Or an owl . . hoot)

Mary said...

Awesome! Isn't it wonderful that people across the country were gazing at the same marvel last night?

We had heavy cloud cover so I didn't try photos.

Great job, Nita!

Magic Cochin said...

Well done with those pictures! Sadly our views were not good - I did wake at 3am and go out in the garden (in my jim-jams - a mild night here for once!) but the thin cloud obscurred the view and I could only see a hazy dark moon unlike last March when we saw a beautiful copper moon.

The next one for us is in 2015.

Celia

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We watched as the moon went into totality but I couldn't stay out to watch it emerge. Too cold. I envy you your owl.

Larry said...

Really nice photos. I did watch the eclipse but didn't take any photos.I wonder shich star that little one in the background is?-Or is it a planet.-I know Saturn has been around somewhere._I'vee lost touch with astronomy.-I used to spend hours outside at night.

Mary said...

Oh, my. I came back to visit and called you Nita. Sorry for the typo :o/ I really should starting reading my comments...

mon@rch said...

How great and was watching the eclipse via the vehicle. Thanks for sharing the photos!

nina said...

Cathy and Mary--I always wonder who's also watching the skies when I look up--it's comforting to think that no matter how far apart, when we look up at one point, we're somehow closer.

Celia--I would've been disappointed if we had clouds--beautiful opportunities have to be grabbed, there's no guarantee there'll be a next time!

Lisa--Yes, we froze, too--and ran back and forth for hot cocoa in between shots! (of the moon!)

Larry--Actually, you're right that it is Saturn! Good memory!

zhakee said...

The moon looked pretty much the same from California too. A few clouds here, but not such frigid cold. Eclipses are fascinating things, yes?

Diane said...

Though I didn't take pictures, we too watched the entire process. Your photos have captured the colour of the shadow with that orange cast - very nice Nina.

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Selma said...

An unforgettable experience!

Island Rambles Blog said...

My goodness I am the last one to arrive at this party...Nina your photos turned out good...mine not so good. What fun that we all were watching the moon at the same time. We had perfect clear weather here and not too cold. Cheers.

Sandpiper said...

Well done! I had a perfect view and watched the spectacular eclipse from my window.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Fabulous shots!

Mel said...

Great pics! Over here (at home - Lima, Peru) we were not able to see it. It was too cloudy :(

Crafty Green Poet said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos. I missed the eclipse this year, heavy cloud cover, 3am, it wasn't going to happen. But I did see it afew years ago and it was an awesome experience.