Last night, in the early hours of the morning, the so-called “blood moon” was seen over North America. Before going to bed I decided that I would get up at 2am so that I could go out to capture it on camera.
Amazingly, I did get up, dressed warmly and bought myself a Timmy’s coffee before driving out to the Dragon Lake boat launch. It had been cloudy for days, but the forecast promised mostly-clear skies. They did not materialise. Every so often the moon would dart out into a break in the clouds, but it was so hazy that I found it absolutely impossible to get anything vaguely resembling a sharp shot. This was one game of hide and seek that the moon won hands down.
Eventually, at 3.45am I drove home and collapsed into bed.
I have previously taken photos of a blood moon in South Africa (from our back yard) and I did at least shoot these blurry photos of the area while waiting, so all was not lost.
Assuming that the moon would still be pretty full, I decided to go and park out on a country road this evening. There was no blood involved and pictures of the moon are dime-a-dozen, but I took a few photos anyway. Why go through a day without trying to capture at least a bit of the beauty around one. Also, only half way through the shoot did I actually find my tripod, so a few of the pics are a bit camera-shaky.