While cooking dinner last night,
I looked out the window and saw
a rich, blue sky.
I begged my daughter Lindsay
to go to the park down the street with me
because the sky was perfect for
We were both thrilled to see the
Something fun to play with in the pictures.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)
It really was an enchanting evening,
with the full moon at our fingertips.
Zoom forward to 2 am...
Lindsay is shaking me from a sound sleep.
"Mom! The lunar eclipse is about to happen!
We HAVE to go outside and see it."
I read on the Internet that when the earth gets
between the full moon and the sun, it
blocks the sun's rays from reflecting off
the moon...thus a total lunar eclipse.
This one was particularly unique because
it aligned with the Winter Solstice...
the first day of winter and
the longest night of the year!
Of course, I'm the one who taught my kids
to search out adventures,
so I dragged out of bed and hopped into
an old, full-length down coat.
"WOW! Look how bright and full
the moon is now," I shouted to Lindsay.
"Mom! Zoom out...you're focused
on the streetlight."
Well, it was kind of hard to find the tiny moon
in that big dark sky.
Meanwhile, Lindsay was laughing like a hyena at ME.
She ran inside to get her camera.
I looked a little loony looking at the lunar light.
(Note that I am not wearing socks.)
"Hey," I exclaimed. "The moon IS still full!"
And, this is how the lunar eclipse progressed.
Within minutes, it looked like this
narrow slice of blue...
Then it was too dark for my camera to focus.
Lindsay and I could not believe we
chose to shoot moon pictures on this very evening.
I was so happy she woke me up.
I would NOT want to miss this spectacle.
It felt extra special because I shared it
with my precious daughter.