astro, landscape, long exposure, nature, photography, star, world

Throwback Thursday: Blood-moon 2019

On Monday early morning last week sun, earth and moon were lined up again. While crossing the shadow of earth the should vanish from the sky for some time. But, instead of vanishing you can see a descending moon during the time, when the moon is immersing in the shadow. Later, you can observe an ascending moon, while the moon is living the earth shadow. When the moon is completely in the shadow, you could guess, you were unable to see it. But, instead of seeing a moonless sky a full-moon, you can see a low-red glowing moon in the sky, where shortly before the full-moon was visible. In 2015 I took images of the pages and composed them into a single overview image. You can see it here in my blog, too. The long-wave red lights are able to surround the planet earth and touch the moon in the shadow of earth and illuminate it with this low red light. A wonderful experience, despite -8°C and getting up at 4:30 a.m.

This time, I didn’t take photos all night. Instead, I checked a location in advance for a single shot: blood-moon over the nightly landscape.

This was my 4th try for photographing a blood-moon. and I’m satisfied with the result. The first try was many years ago with very bad results. the camera was simply too bad for such a job. The second try was in 2015, as you can see here. The third try was in summer 2018, but there was a huge cloud field in front of the moon. So, I missed it. The next opportunity for middle Europe seems to be Dec.20th, 2029. I guess, we won’t see it here because of bad weather.

Take care!

art, culture, landscape, nature, photography, seasons

Monochrome Monday 5-40

It’s winter, here, you know. Snow is usually part of the winter. In the past, I noted several times, snow isn’t that common in winter in my region anymore. During my childhood, the temperatures were below 0°C from November until End of March. Snow was on the ground for building snowmen, go sledging or having snowball-fights. Lakes and ponds had frozen surfaces to go ice-skating all winter.

Over the years, the start of winter got postponed. Less snow from year to year. Nowadays a thin snowy blanket is a rare event. Nearly no-one knows how to drive under these circumstances. Traffic-jams are the result and a number of car accents.

Nowadays even the freezing days are rare. Ice-skating on a pond or a lake? Don’t think about it. Even when there is an ice surface, this layer is too thin for step upon it. Nowadays, most time of the winter the temperatures are between 5°C and 15°C instead of below 0°C.

Take care!