Thoughts and images from an eccentric and somewhat reclusive artist
Monday, September 28, 2015
The Veiled Moon
night is dark and velvety,
All Nature seems asleep;
has covered, well, her face,
As if in sorrow, deep.
Tooley Buckingham, "The Prayer of the Moon" (1940s)
Last night, around
7:15 p.m. (PST), was a full 'Blood Moon.' A full moon phase and a full
lunar eclipse at the same time. The skies were clear and gave a
spectacular view of nature's show. People in North and South America,
Europe, Africa, and parts of West Asia and the eastern Pacific were
able to watch Earth's shadow pass across the face of a full and
otherwise bright moon. The last occurrence was 33 years ago and the
next will be in 32 years. I may never see another and I treasure this
I was ready...
batteries charged, I gathered my camera, tripod, camp chair,
flashlight, and laptop for a trek across the property to a nice clear
spot next to a field. I then settled in and waited. Unfortunately for
me, the beginning of the eclipse was obscured by atmospheric haze and
the hills of West Salem.
And then, I was finally able
to see the outline of the moon with a full veil of shadow across her
face. There wasn't enough light for my camera to pick up an image
very well, but I managed to get a few. Once the darkness began to pass, the
details got clearer.
I stayed and watched
the full show. Good thing I had the sense to wear a warm coat. Every
once in a while, I would turn everything off and just enjoy watching
the eclipse. I wondered at how those who lived hundreds or
thousands of years ago saw this same event. No wonder they thought it
was such a mystical and spiritual thing. If we can set aside our
knowledge of technology and science, then it still is. We can still
experience the wonder of such a magnificent view.
I now have hundreds
of images of full and partial moons. They improve as I gradually get
to know my camera. It is a nice little Sony DSC H300 Cybershot. If I
could afford it, I would take a photo class to learn everything about
it. For now, I refer to the pdf manual and online advice. I hope
someday to have a DSLR so I can use a longer lens.
I have three
interests (or obsessions if you must...) as subjects in my
photography. I seem to be amassing an extraordinary amount of
images of shadows, moons, and frogs. This is probably because they
all offer so many photo opportunities and I find so much beauty in
them. I was hoping last night to mix all three and see if I could get
a picture of the frogs and their shadows by moonlight. Sadly, that
meant waiting until about 2-3 a.m. and I fell asleep. But will try
again when moonlight is good. With Autumn here, it should probably be
Note: The only software manipulation of these images are slight adjustments for contrast and cropping. All variances in colour or detail are due to camera settings and nature.