Last night as the family slept, I was compelled to grab my dressing gown and slippers, and make my way out into the garden to observe a rare and beautiful phenomenon. The so called ‘Supermoon’ when the moon is at it’s closest point to the earth, combined with a rare lunar eclipse which created a ‘Blood moon’. It’s been called Blood because the moon appears a coppery red colour during a total lunar eclipse. According to Earth Sky (1) ‘That’s because the dispersed light from all the Earth’s sunrises and sunsets falls on the face of the moon at mid-eclipse.’
To the naked eye it was pretty hard to define (and it didn’t help I’d left my glasses inside). I used my D750 and tripod together with my 70 -200mm lens to view the eclipse and I have to say I was pretty darn moonstruck. I’ve been known to stare at the moon an any given clear night, but this was extraordinary viewing. I started to view at around 2.30am at which point the lunar eclipse was beginning. Standing there alone, as the bright full moon was replaced by darkness, the moon began to take on a reddy orange hue.
When I stare at the moon, I am reminded that we are just little ants on this planet, in a galaxy of many more planets, that extends to further galaxies infinity (and beyond). 🙂 Although in literature the moon symbolizes love, I can’t say I felt it there in the darkness, but I did feel an unusual sense of intimacy that I can’t explain. It was an unforgettable site that I felt privileged to see.
There have been those (2) that have referred to the last blood moon as a sign of the apocalypse, the end of time. However the only apocalypse I foresaw was the struggle to get up early the morning after my date with the moon to get the kids ready for school! I’m glad to say, and as you will be aware, the world has not come to an end, and I might also add, the kids got to school on time. Enjoy! 🙂
I shot these images with my Nikon D750, using a 70-200mm lens, tripod and shutter release trigger. ISO 100, f3.2 upwards, and shutter speed ranging 2 to 8 seconds.
1. Earth Sky.org – What Is A Blood Moon.
2. Wikipedia – Blood Moon Prophecy.