This was nearly perfect viewing weather to view the total lunar eclipse this evening. With only a thin high overcast to reflect back the city lights, the sky was surprisingly dark.
Selene and I walked up the steep path behind our place which led us to the ridgetop of the Watershed. We soon left the street and building lights behind us, and the foliage acted as a perfect shield. Walking along the dark pathway illumined by the rust colored glow of the moon, we settled in a clear part of the trail underneath a tree and watched as the upper left limb receded to a mostly even deep reddish/orange hue.
I took this first shot with my digicam set to max telephoto and focus set to infinity. As I did not have a camera stand, I managed to shift during the 1/2 second exposure. The second shot is a wide angle with a bit of motion blur. Not bad for a handheld exposure.
Finally, this is a composite shot; the moon is a long exposure superimposed atop another flash shot of the ridge top.
The Moon was about half eclipsed when I drove down to the theater at 6:30 for our next-to-final dress rehearsal; we got off to a late start because my assistant director had brought hsi Golly-Gee-Whiz binoculars and we all wound up out on the sidewalk in front of the theater peering up at the sky. By that time there was just the slightest crescent of illumined Moon, but the shadowed part looked quite three-dimensional, and through the binoculars we could see the more obvious earth-side features quite clearly. So pretty.
I see you have blackberries on your ridge. What a surprise. (-;
It was a nice eclipse, though the beginning of it was lost in lowering haze, here in the Bay Area. But when I went out to walk over to Starport, the moon was well up and eclipse, and I got to watch it do a "wedding ring" out of the shadow, and go to crescent, in the time it took me to walk there. Very pretty, though slightly smeary with a little haze.