Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Blood moon

This morning there was a total eclipse of the full moon. We had thunderstorms last night and I fully expected a cloudy sky this morning, but when I hopped out of bed at 6:20 a.m., there were stars twinkling and the moon looking very vampirish.

I stood outside with the camera on a tripod to get these photos, in near total darkness. An owl hooted in the distance. Soon, from someplace close to me, a turkey began calling. Cawl cawl cawl. Very loud, and a little unnerving. Luna, hanging low in the sky, continued to darken with that reddish brown color.

The bear in the backyard some weeks ago came to mind so I did not venture far from the door. But the moon was beautiful, the air still warm but fallish. I could smell the rain-dampened earth and feel that blessings of a new day in a way that staying in the house seldom offers.

As the sky began to turn from black to blue, with the sun slowly rising behind me, ol' Apollo there slipping back into his place in the sky, I watched the colors on the trees begin to show. The rains last night made everything that much brighter, and the colors are changing fast.

A beautiful reminder of the spirit of the world.


  1. A lovely, very descriptive, post. I can almost smell the earth and feel the air from reading your words.

  2. beautiful shots anita and your writing makes me feel like i am right there!

  3. What a great thing to do and a wonderful story. I slept in and missed the whole thing.

  4. Gee, and I thought this was God's way of congratulating the Giants on winning the playoff :) (Beautiful photos, BTW)

  5. Fantastic photos!
    I was awake and never looked out the window- I'm kicking myself for not paying attention.


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