Calgary Landscapes: Lunar Eclipse


Here in Calgary the lunar eclipse started early at 4am. While walking for an unobstructed view of the moon, the image above was my first look at the eclipse.

However it wasn’t until about 7am that the moon was fully in the Earth’s shadow about an hour before sunrise and stayed there until just before dropping below the horizon.

I walked through the downtown early ending up on the Centre Street Bridge.  From the bridge, the moon was glowing red over the Prince’s Island Park on the Bow River.  The Park was illuminated by Christmas lights and the occasional street light which formed nice elements to include in some of the compositions.

When the sun was almost up, the moon had necessarily started to move out of the shadow.  It was also very close to the horizon at that moment so the last image of the eclipse I have is a sliver of the moon framed in between the columns of one of the four lion masted plinths on the bridge.

7 responses

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  3. Great photos; you really captured the blood red moon. I’ve seen lunar eclipses, but never turning that colour. Congratulations, and thanks.

    December 12, 2011 at 4:31 am

  4. great shots, Christopher, sorry that I missed it in real time but thanks for posting it.”The early bird gets the worm”..

    December 11, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    • Thanks Jane. I had an alarm set and then a timely text (thanks Jack!) came in which finally got through the fog and woke me up. It was a cool scene to watch.

      December 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

  5. We were unable to observe the lunar eclipse from Oklahoma as heavy cloud cover blocked it from our view. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photography with us.

    December 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    • Shame about the weather for you. It was a very cool scene. I’ve been blocked by clouds before so when the sky is clear I don’t take it for granted.

      December 18, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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