The last lunar eclipse (for this year)

At 3:a.m., I was awakened by the daylight-bright moon shining through a crack in my bedroom curtains. As my drowsy mind became more alert, I remembered that this morning there was supposed to be a lunar eclipse – the last one for this year and, I think, for another two or three years.

I dragged myself out of bed, guzzled some coffee and bundled up in a winter jacket. I grabbed my camera and tripod and headed out onto the deck where I would have a good view of the action overhead.

I used one of the power lines along the edge of our lot to help me focus. The wind became stronger with each passing minute of the eclipse making it a chilly venture, to say the least.

Gradually the moon became obscured!

It was slow going so, periodically, I’d scoot into the house to guzzle a bit more coffee and warm my numb fingers.

Watching the moon disappearing, inch by inch, was fascinating!

Finally, as the eclipse neared its peak, I couldn’t handle the cold and wind any longer so I dragged my gear back into the house and gratefully clutched yet another cup of hot coffee. I’m glad I had the chance to experience the event, though, despite the chill! I don’t really have the right gear for doing this type of photography. No 400-800mm lenses in my kit. But, I made do and I’m glad I could see it happening!

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