Moon

Smoky Golden Moonrise

My son and I returned from a weekend hiking and camping with good friends in the Monashee Provincial Park in British Columbia on Monday night.  Wildfires have been a clear and present danger across the province for the whole summer and west of Golden we drove between two separate fires that were burning on mountainsides across the valley from each other.  The thick smoke obscured the flames and blocked out much of the sun.

It was powerful to directly observe something we have followed all summer remotely.  We stopped at a pullout briefly and then continued east towards home.  The day retreated and when we were nearing Golden, the moon rose above the forest and mountain ridge lines.

The smoke in the air from the fires, and likely others that were not visible to us, turned the sky a purple colour at dusk that moved quickly into a deep blue.

The nearly full moon shone brightly and had an orange cast to it.  Beauty from these wildfires that I enjoyed but that I would trade for rain there in a heartbeat.


Eclipse of the super moon

September's super blood moon - © Christopher Martin-0370

Last night was the lunar eclipse where the moon turned a deep red which lasted for more than an hour.  I traveled to south to get to the edge of the clouds which had rolled in over my home in Bragg Creek before sunset.  In Turner Valley I found clear skies and set up as the moon was entering the earth’s shadow.

Super blood moon - © Christopher Martin-0337

I was awestruck, as usual, with this fourth of the tetrad of lunar eclipses which have been spaced six months apart starting in April 2014.

Super blood moon - © Christopher Martin-0413

It was a beautiful transit with the moon’s surface moving through oranges and reds before returning to her brilliant white.  It has been an incredible series of events to witness and I have enjoyed photographing them immensely.  I’m excited about the new beginnings and opportunities they herald.

Super blood moon - © Christopher Martin-0468


A smoky sun and moon

Smoky moon - © Christopher Martin-4603

The forest fires in Washington are terribly frightening and I hope for rain and favourable winds to help the people down there.  Here in the Calgary area, the smoke has carried north which has left the skies hazy for the past week.

Smoky sun - © Christopher Martin-4280

In the morning, the sun glows red as it rises out of thickest part of the smoke just above the horizon.

Smoky moon silhouettes - © Christopher Martin-4625

At night, the moon’s color changes, seemingly with her mood, between gold, orange and red.

 


Solar eclipse


Partial solar eclipse - © Christopher Martin-7482-2

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The October 23rd solar eclipse was at its maximum at 4:07 pm here in Calgary.  It was a partial eclipse with the moon blocking out a majority, but not the entire sun.  The sun swung like a pendulum behind the moon which afforded a couple of images of each of the distinct phases.  The image above was taken at 4:07 PM MST which was at the maximum.

Partial solar eclipse - © Christopher Martin-7431

 The image above was from 3:55 PM and the one below was taken at 4:13 PM as the sun and moon separated.

Partial solar eclipse - © Christopher Martin-7514


The last half of the lunar eclipse

Blood Moon - © Christopher Martin-4533The clouds cleared at the point during this week’s eclipse when the moon was just coming out of the earth’s penumbra.  The top edge of the full moon was just coming into e sunlight.  The majority of the surface was still in shadow and was a deep reddish orange.

Blood Moon - © Christopher Martin-4606

 The glow from the moon coloured the landscape as well.

Under a blood moon - © Christopher Martin-4547Landscape under a lunar eclipse - © Christopher Martin-4552

The moon left the shadow much too quickly for me but it was fun to watch the different looks as the clouds moved, the colours changed and the blood moon slipped away.

Cloud and eclipse - © Christopher Martin-4711Moon haze - © Christopher Martin-4709

The sky brightened along with the moon and I called it a night.Moonrise - © Christopher Martin-4658


Blood Moon Steampunk

Blood Moon Steampunk - © Christopher Martin-4579

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Eclipses fascinate me and this morning’s lunar eclipse was outstanding.  It was overcast for much of the night so I wasn’t sure how visible the Moon would be as it reached totality.  While it was in the Earth’s umbra, the clouds started to clear and I was able to watch the latter part of the performance.  This image was taken when a cloud passed along the top edge of the Moon while the moon was coming out of the penumbra and the sun was lighting the upper hemisphere.