Thursday, February 21, 2008

Lunar Eclipse

There is something that is so beautifully different about a lunar eclipse that draws people out to view it. Even on a bitterly cold night in Minnesota.

Watching the moon go from fully illuminated in all it's glory to glowing bright red and back to fully lit is a quite a spectacular event to witness.

Last night, a group of us met up for dinner and then drove a ways out to get away from the light pollution of the Cities. In between taking shots of the moon, we would jump back into the car to warm up. It was -5°F (-21°C) and we weren't going to take any chances of having our equipment (or our toes) freezing.

As we sat in the car between bouts of viewing and photography, we talked about the symbology of the moon. What the moon symbolizes, the utter confusion and chaos lunar eclipses caused in the past because of not knowing what was really happening, the religious significance that has been placed on the moon by many cultures and how some of the mystery of the moon has been lost due to modern science.

But, in the end, no matter how much we philosophized, nothing could take away the fact that last night, the moon was beautiful in all the stages of the eclipse.


Paul said...

Indeed, strangely and compellingly beautiful. It was an overcast night here so I was unable to see it but I did catch the last one.


S. Nichole said...

I missed both eclipses last year, so I was very happy that I was able to watch this one. I just wish it had not been so cold this time around!

Riverwolf said...

Was fortunate to see it early in my neck of the woods, just as it was turning red. But then the clouds rolled in. Still an awe-inspiring and beautiful event.

S. Nichole said...

I'm glad that you were able see the eclipse up to that point. We were lucky here in Minnesota as we had clear skies through the whole event.

Autumn said...

Beautiful photo. We missed it here. We had rain and clouds. I was diapointed.

S. Nichole said...

Thanks, Autumn. It's too bad that you weren't able to see it. It would have been a beautiful sight over the ocean. (I'm guessing you are within a reasonable driving distance to the ocean living in the Hampton Roads area.)

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It was around -20 or so here in Winnipeg when I kept running out side to take pictures.

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