Coming home from a meeting after dark, I found myself walking up the hollow just as the lunar eclipse was getting underway. When I got up to the top, I stood watching among the pines until it reached totality. The trees’ shadows grew fainter and fainter until they disappeared altogether. Meanwhile, the stars had grown much brighter.
I starting snapping pictures about five minutes later. From my front porch, the moon had just cleared the treetops. Astronomers had said it might turn an interesting shade of orange or red because it would be passing through the outer part of the umbra, and it didn’t disappoint, changing color from minute to minute. There were also some very thin strattus clouds that altered the hue from second to second, as in the following shot. (That’s Saturn in the lower left. Regulus appears above the moon in the last shot.)
Unaware of coming, going,
I turn back alone.
Caught in the midnight sky,
The moon silvering all.
(from Zen Poems of China and Japan, tr. Lucien Stryk and Takahashi Ikemoto)
Where is your Buddhist enlightenment now? MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
(O.K., must cut down on watching political speeches on YouTube.)
UPDATE: See also Shai Gluskin’s great series of eclipse photos.