I managed to get a few hours of sleep last night after waiting up to photograph the "blood moon". Blood moon appeared in the early hours of the morning of April 15, 2014. My kids stayed up very late because they really wanted to see the moon turn red. I promised I would wake them up to show it to them (with the disclaimer of that as long as I, myself, am awake ;) ) but they were steadfast about waiting up to see it happen. That ended up backfiring pretty badly because when I did wake them up to show them they were so tired they don't even remember seeing it :(. Luckily I got some photographs of it, and was able to show them the pictures of what it looked like, so that's happy. Oh and they did stay up long enough to see the moon begin to eclipse so that was still cool for them.
Anyway, so the eclipse started with a shadow moving over the moon.
The shadow moved surprisingly fast across the moon.. once it was engulfed in shadow, the moon began to glow red.
These are probably my favorite shots from the night.. but they are all cool [ all photos I have seen of this eclipse ] something about a red moon is just automatically visually interesting.
.. aaaand some pulled back shots for some Blood Moon variety.
^ This is about what it looked like from my POV.
So that is my take away from Blood Moon/Bloody Moon/Red Moon/Lunar Eclipse of April 2014.
If you missed it, no big deal, there is another Blood Moon appearing on October 8th :).
I have to say.. I LOVE this type of photography! It's very relaxing and unique.. I'm very glad I stayed up late to photograph it. I do have to say that I enjoy it a lot more when it is nice and warm out though. I was freezing and my fingers were numb by the time I went inside. It's also very unnerving to be outside in the middle of the night in Duluth, Minnesota. I hear an occasional coyote, and there are wolf sightings. While I was outside I had a "herd" of deer run past me! They must be the same ones that keep appearing in my yard - they come so frequently and predictably I was able to get some photos of them [ pictures here ]. What did surprise me though, is there was a large group of them - around 6. They were clonking along the roads and I couldn't see what type of animal they were due to a row of pine trees so I decided to go inside and they all instantly froze. So then I instantly froze. The "leader" deer started scoping out the area and then they all ran off. It was freaky even though I was only 1 foot away from the door. I guess I need some pepper spray or something so I don't uhhhh die doing middle-of-the-night photography ;).