Wednesday, February 20, 2008
A night for howling
There are times in life when you just need to let out a hoot. Tonight I got to do that watching a lunar eclipse over the central Oregon high desert. All day clouds rolled over the Cascades with the opportunity to see the celestial event in question until late in the day when the sky began to clear. By 6pm the only clouds were on the eastern horizon acting like a curtain for the upcoming show. When the moon reached the full eclipse it was well above the horizon and glowed like a copper penny for nearly an hour. I hope wherever you were tonight that the sky was clear and you got to see the moon. I viewed the eclipse with my photographer buddy Brent McGregor and as we stood with our tripods and cameras we were amazed not only by the moon but also the amazing starlit night, the Milky Way directly overhead. We wondered how many other photographers were photographing the scene and how many others went home frustrated by bad weather conditions. We felt truly lucky.