January’s lunar eclipse

I was very excited to get out to photograph the most recent lunar eclipse.  I kept an eye on the weather forecasts and knew clouds were moving over southern Alberta that night.  I hoped for a break in the clouds but when I woke up early that morning the sky was low and heavy with no stars, or moon, to be seen.  So, I packed up and headed west to see if I could get the western edge of the cloud front.  My first glimpse was between Canmore and Banff when I came around a corner and the moon was hanging in the sky.  That was not a safe place to stop and the moon alone in the blackness was not the image I had in mind so I kept going to Banff.  Thought I still did take that shot a little while later!

Clouds returned by the time I was in the townsite so I headed up towards the hot springs to see if I could find a good vantage point.  That didn’t pan out but when I came back down, the moon re-appeared.  Now it was falling quickly towards the western flank of Cascade Mountain.  Her and I then played a game of hide and seek as the clouds continued to drift in front of the red globe.

I framed the moon using trees and the mountain’s ridge line when the opportunities came.  Within a few minutes it disappeared.  I didn’t realize the image I was looking for but had a great time watching the spectacle.  I have been able to photograph several lunar eclipses and always deeply enjoy the otherworldly beauty as the moon slips into and eventually out of the sun’s shadow.

5 responses

  1. Nidhi

    Excellent work!!!

    March 3, 2018 at 3:11 am

  2. The very last grabbed me…

    March 1, 2018 at 6:03 pm

  3. This is so beautiful! I kept my eyes on my watch to look out for the moon, but it was beyond hopeless as clouded the sky was here. All day and all night completely covered under thick clouds. 😦 Thanks for the pictures. 🙂

    March 1, 2018 at 11:41 am

  4. Excellent shots!

    March 1, 2018 at 7:04 am

  5. I confess I’m not so fond of full moon photos that show the moon and nothing else, so your photos showing it with trees and clouds are more to my liking. Besides — who’s ever seen a rectangular cloud, as in your third photo? That’s remarkable. But my favorite is the one showing it sliding behind the mountain: “almost gone” in two ways.

    March 1, 2018 at 6:37 am

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