LOOKING UP @ THE MOON!!!

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.” Mahatma Gandhi

Late last night my brother and I braved the elements of blustery 25mph wind gusts and 10°F wind chills (-12.22°C) to see the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.

It was so COOL (not just the frigid temps) but seeing the moon go totally rad.

(Rad = going from brilliant white to a blood-reddish eclipse.)

Bundled up in sweaters, coats, scarves, earmuffs, hats & gloves, Dwight and I went ‘over the moon’ with many wows from 11:30PM til after midnight.

“Praised be You, My Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens You have made them bright, precious and fair.” Saint Francis of Assisi

When we stepped outside we couldn’t believe how crystal clear the sky was with stars twinkling everywhere. As the moon moved more into shadow, the stars shone all the brighter.

Getting closer to total eclipse

Viewing the moon through our high-powered binoculars, it looked like a gray shadow engulfed it.

But with the naked eye, the moon looked blood-red-orange.

These pictures from my pocket camera can’t do justice to the glorious moon & starry goings-on we witnessed, but hope this glimpse gives you an idea of the majesty of the Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse.

Speaking of justice, today’s holiday here in the U.S. celebrates the inspirational life and sacrifices of Martin Luther King, Jr.

(As Virginia blogged previously about here: Extremists for Love.)

Here’s one of his relevant insights for stargazing moon groupies – and anyone facing turbulent times when everything seems dark.

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Total Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

grace, peace & (inspired) moon groupies

Virginia : )

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”  Martin Luther King, Jr.

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28 Responses to LOOKING UP @ THE MOON!!!

  1. TMH says:

    Very well done! Our Oregon view was hazy, so thanks for your photos. V!

    • Virginia says:

      Wish I could convey how majestically the stars twinkled during the eclipse – while looking @ the moon we actually saw a shooting star! Moon groupie Blessings, Tim! 🌟✨💫🌖💫✨🌟

  2. Michelle says:

    You got some great pictures!! It looks so cool!

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Michele – it was birizzy cold, but so amazing! With our binoculars the moon looked so close – & we saw a shooting star, too! 🌟✨💫🌖💫🌟

  3. Clarke Morledge says:

    Virginia: Wow. That’s great!!!

    • Virginia says:

      Clarke – glad you caught the eclipse. ‘Twas hard being my own tripod (keeping camera steady vs. blustery wind gusts) but glad a few pics turned out. Altho can’t convey majesty of starry sky – while looking @ moon we saw a shooting star, too! Moon groupie blessings! 🌟🌖💫✨🌖🌟

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  5. I did so want to see that moon, though I have seen them before, but with the temp at -30 and a bit colder with the wind chill, I decided to stay indoors where I was unable to see it, except for the very beginning. Sigh. Thanks for sharing your photos!
    Steve.

  6. Lucia says:

    Great pictures!! You did an amazing job taking them, thank you for sharing.
    I didn’t have the chance to watched the eclipse because last night in NY it was very cloudy and freezing. (We still have freezing temperatures). Once again thanks for sharing.

    • Virginia says:

      Sorry for the cloud obstruction, Lucia. ‘Twas a blessing, our starry clear skies, after a weekend of rain, sleet, & dark blustery clouds all day Sunday. Glad to share a few glimpses of the eclipse with you. Cheers! 💨🌟🌖🌟💨

  7. Dewin Nefol says:

    Namaste Virginia 🙂

    So pleased you were able to capture these fine images…cloud cover obscured my view. It is always a wondrous event, the next full eclipse I think isn’t until 2022.

    Your selection of quotes are choice and inspiring. He was a truly remarkable man.

    Wonderful post, greatly appreciated, thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you for braving the elements! 🙂

    Blessings. Namaste 🙂

    DN

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, DN – Sorry about the clouds blocking your view. After miserable weekend weather, we were blessed with an incredibly clear starry night just in time for the eclipse. 25mph wind gusts & frigid temps made it a little challenging, but I’ll never forget how close the moon looked thru the binocs, or how cool the eclipse looked even with our naked eyes. Plus – while watching the moon we saw a shooting star!

      Moon groupie Blessings! 💨🌟💨💫🌖💫💨🌟

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Namaste Virginia 🙂

        The photographs are perfect, not one blur to suggest at cold shivering temperatures or gusting wind. I trust you made a wish having seen the shooting star? 🙂

        I hope there’ll be no cloud in 2022….I’ve asked the Moon Goddess, Selene, for a clear night 🙂

        Take care of one and all. Namaste 🙂

        DN

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  9. Debbie says:

    i love the quote by St. Francis! You got some GREAT shots here, Virginia. Thank you for braving the elements so we didn’t have to!

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Debbie – ‘twas birizzy cold, but such an unbelievably beautiful starry night. While looking @ the moon we also saw a shooting star! God’s heavenly paintbrushes busy @ night! 🌟✨🌖💫🌖✨🌟

  10. Carol Sale says:

    THANKS Virginia!!
    We missed the eclipse that night…SO THANKFUL you were out there and got these amazing pictures!!
    Blessings,
    Carol

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    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Carol — it was birizzzzzy cold, but so worth it. So glad my pocket camera captured the gist of the eclipse. Much love to you & Wally! hugs! 🙂

  11. lovely pictures! You all were brave in that freezing time! thank you!

    • Virginia says:

      Michele – I kept sneaking in our back door to swap my camera for binocs (& defrost a sec or two) – it was cold, but so worth it to see our Heavenly Creator’s paintbrushes busy in the starry night sky. Blessings & hugs! 🙂

  12. janesig says:

    Beautiful pictures Virginia! Thanks so much for posting them. We missed the eclipse over here. Well- I was asleep; husband took a walk down the street to try and catch a glimpse, but there was too much cloud cover twixt us and the moon.

    • Virginia says:

      Jane – we were blessed that after several dreary days the clouds lifted an hour or so before the eclipse, unveiling the most glorious starry sky. Frigid cold, but so worth it witnessing something so extraordinary. My pocket-camera glimpses only captured the moon – but let your imagination paint a sky full of twinkling stars. Blessings! 🙂

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