Colors of a blue blood Moon

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March 31, 1866 was the last time North America saw this eclipse, known as the blue blood moon.

The Southern Hemisphere has a more recent viewing: December 30 1982.

Still, that is a long wait either way!


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Blue Blood Moon, eclipse


Moon Inspired


Colors…. check.


My television, the Southern Sky.


Inked blue, the night sky glittered.

It was magical to watch.


My photography skills…. not quite so enchanting.

But, the job got done.


It was recorded, and so there were a couple of shots that were editable.

I’m certain many of you have already seen the thousands of breathtaking photographs on the web, I have.

They’re so ….. Inspiring!



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Colors of the Eclipse


Details in the Eclipse

The moon’s details were incredible, even looking through the old binoculars and my basic telephoto lens.

Watching as the shadows, the eclipse –  minute by minute crept over the face of the moon.


Especially the finish, I thought,  was most fascinating to the eye.

There were bands that seemed to appear in a wonderful abstracted pattern where the moon had been.


Sadly, my lens failed to show those small changes!

But,  its worth hunting down the professional’s shots to try to see this.




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Big Moon Rising












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8 thoughts on “Colors of a blue blood Moon

  1. Moon shots are a little tricky to capture – you have to set your camera to underexpose the shot by quite a margin as the moon is actually quite a lot brighter than your camera’s light meter thinks it is! I think your moon shots are great and what a fascinating event to witness – no eclipse here in the UK! I like your moon inspired painting at the end too….


    1. thank you E; I was underprepared and on the lazy side too. Grab the camera, a lens, fiddle some and don’t bother with a tripod, nope. click. geesh. so what can I expect, really! lol cheers, debi

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    1. thanks David….. Yes, big, bad moon rising. You caused me to go and listen to Creedence Clearwater and their song, “Bad Moon Rising.” . It was wonderful, Thank you! cheers, Debi


  2. I know what you mean – it’s hard to get those shots just right, and they don’t always show what you can see with your eyes. But yours is not bad at all. And I love the colours of the painting!

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