-attributed to George Carlin
There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
Sunday, January 20th, 2019 was a super moon (close to the earth), blood moon (lunar eclipse), and wolf moon, the first full moon of January. Here in the greater Seattle area we weren’t sure if we’d be able to see this phenomenon or not thanks to wide rafts of clouds that teased us all day.
When 7:30 rolled around, to our delight and amazement we could actually see a shadow beginning to crawl across the lower left quarter of the moon. This prompted numerous brave souls to bundle up like mountaineers and race to hilltops, docks, and fields to bask in the angry red glow that devoured our faithful satellite.
It was cold out and trying to figure out a new tripod in the dark on a platform rattled by others’ footsteps meant far more misses than hits. I changed locations late in the eclipse, braced against a cedar in near darkness, hoping for just that one photo that would make sitting in the 40-degree weather for two hours (and tripping over a large rock) worth it.
Upon closer examination, I didn’t take a bunch of great photos, but instead discovered curious faces and creatures among the attempts.
In this first photo, you can see a dollop of vanilla on top of the creeping orange sherbet, like a fiery Pac-Man closing his mouth in slow motion as he screams across the galaxy.
One of the first decent closeups as the moon disappears from the sky.
Another view of the great vanishing moon act.
I tried to get more of the orange back into the photo… I do think it’s smiling in that first photo (cheese!). Besides the happy clown face, you might also see a bearded man with sunglasses.
And then it blew up. Not sure how this happened…
I seem to have the beginnings of an awesome retro album cover in this case.
Finally… luna as she is meant to be seen on this night.
And then some galactic colossus snatches the celestial basketball from the heavens for a slam dunk. Do you see the hand?
Am I staring at Mercury or the moon?
Here a dragon curls itself around the moon as if to claim the dim orb as its own.
Next a bearded giant heaves the moon upon his right shoulder and starts to carry it off.
You can see his profile clearly. My first reaction was “moon dude!”
Clicking onward, I inadvertently discovered these Pictish beasts. You might also see several faces including the moon’s exactly as he appears in Victorian nursery rhymes. Or Richard III’s.
Aha, finally. I found the wolf. Do you see him howling? This was, after all, a wolf moon. It was about time.
The contrast of colors as the shadow slithered off the moon was even sharper through the trees.
WATT is happening here? It looks like I stumbled upon a cross between Jabba the Hutt, a pre-reveal Mr. Voltner in Scooby Doo, and Mothra. Don’t see it? Check out the rotated version in the second photo.
Perhaps I caught the luminous wings of an angel.
God must have had so much fun making all of this.
We won’t see another lunar eclipse until at least 2021. In the meantime, embrace the imperfect images that might turn up on your camera. Sometimes you can see far deeper into those than the photos you expected to get.
The possibilities are endless.
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