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Lunar Eclipse 2008
This evening, the moon became blood. As Saturn, Regulus, and a host of dimmer celestial watchers stood in the backdrop, dark became our silent companion who has always and forever held close and brought pale light to the silent and howling night of vast eternity around us.
Until modernity informed us otherwise, this event would have been the harbinger of ill to come. Our ancestors would have gazed as much in fear of its meaning as in awe of its subtle beauty; yet now, we know so much more.
At the very least, we certainly think we do.
I have a little secret I'd like to impart.
That I hope doesn't give you too much of a start;
Tho' it's shocking, it's completely true.
I know it isn't gossip, or rumor, of course,
For I've had it from quite a reliable source
And I'd like to pass it on to you.
The man in the moon is a lady,
A lady in lipstick and curls;
The cow that jumped ovah cried,
I think it's just one of the girls."
She winks at the stars from her bed of green cheese,
That isn't a night-gown,
It's a Saturn chemise.
Oh, her friends are the stars and the planets,
She sends the Big Dipper a kiss;
So don't ever offend her,
Remember her gender,
The man in the moon is a miss.
I tried to take a few photos of the lunar eclipse tonight..but the clouds kept getting in the way and my digital camera sucks ass. It was cold and damp and I got nothing for my efforts except an aching and screaming spine.
I am glad you have a picture of it up.
Thank you Dark Wraith for your photo and post.
Good morning, Dusty.
The temperature was about seven above when I did these shots. I probably could have gotten better ones, but it was brutally cold with the wind and a dampness that just about froze my fingers off.
On the plus side, though, it was about the most beautiful eclipse in memory. I got a few pictures, and then I just stopped doing that and stared at the spectacle.
It finally occurred to me that I was probably going to die if I didn't get myself inside.
The Dark Wraith took about fifteen minutes before he could move his fingers enough to download the pictures from camera to computer.
It was in eclipse here before it even cleared the treeline, but beautiful. Oddly, out here on the western rim of the country, we formerly didn't get many chances to see full lunar eclipses. Until after 2003---I built the Labyrinth that year, and since then have seen three lunar eclipses rise over those rocks. It is enough to creep me out, I tell you! Enough with the harbingers, already! (Goes off, half-heartedly laughing.)
this event would have been the harbinger of ill to come
So that's what brought all this stinking sleet and freezing ice! I knew that eclipse was a bad sign!
I didn't see it. I forgot. I'm glad you posted pictures. How cool!
Really great pics, Wraith! Thank you. It was a neat eclipse to see.
(It took me a few moments to realize that there were two pics!)
It was cloudy enough here that I didn't even go look. Same with the sattilite before they shot it-clouds.
Shame, because Implet would have been interested.
I consider gazing upon such an event the best of all good luck.
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