“Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse 23:40:28 PDT Pescadero, California

I traveled to my favorite “secret” mini-gettaway place in Pescadero, CA near the Davenport Lighthouse. I wanted to photograph the Lunar Eclipse and enjoyed a bon fire with friends afterward. We talked about the changes happening in our lives, where we’d like to travel to next, and toasted to the smoky red “blood moon” that provided us a nice show. I also want to add this photo was not easy! Shoot. (No pun intended) Nevermind the $7,000 of equipment and thousands of dollars in education and self generated interest for a decade after college – it’s about mathematics. Time. Compensation. Settings. A fraction of a second more? A million miles an hour of earth and moon travel equals blur. Cheat with auto settings on the camera? Noisy pixelated gunk of a print. The happy medium was finding the right time in shutter, the right aperture for depth of field focus, the right sensitivity to light for the sensor ISO, and the sensibility to focus correctly. All while sacrificing relaxing with your buddies as they are popping a brewski or a bottle of wine by the fire as you go all photo geek. Puhleeze. And I have to hear “Did you photoshop that?” Grr.

“The next full moon, which peaks on April 15 at 12:42 PM PDT at 25º Libra-Aries, is the most galvanizing full moon of the year. It is also a total lunar eclipse, which occurs just hours after Pluto stations retrograde. Lunar eclipses occur when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align more precisely, intensifying gravitational tugs on tidal forces and tectonic plates. During a lunar eclipse, the Full Moon slowly dims as it passes through the Earth’s shadow. This is the first of four total lunar eclipses in a row, called a tetrad. In the 21st century (2001 – 2100), there will be 9 tetrads; in the last century (1901 – 2000) there were only 2, and in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, there were none at all. The last tetrad occurred in 2003 – 2004; the next one will be 2032 – 2033. Lunar eclipses are safe and easy to watch; you don’t need a filter or telescope, just relatively clear skies.” (Excerpt from Stephanie Austin www.EcoAstrology.com – if you’re into astrology, she puts out a great monthly article)