Sunrise Lunar Eclipse

10 Dec

This morning there was a total eclipse of the moon at sunrise.  The moon set in the west while the sun rose in the east.

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Sometimes I do things the hard way.  I could have just parked beside the road and got some decent photos.  No, I had to try and hike to a nearby mountain top through more than a foot of snow.  The early morning cold fogged my judgment and I left the snowshoes in the car.  It made for slow going.

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When it became apparent that the mountain top was still 20 minutes away and it looked like the moon was going to set before then, I stopped and found a clearing.  I never made it to the mountain top.

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There was quite a bit of air pollution in the east and the sunrise was very red.  The snow in these photos is reflecting that reddish light from the east.

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Due to the mountains and Colorado being a bit too far east for this eclipse, totality occured after it was below the horizon.


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  1. Jason

    December 10, 2011 at 6:33 pm


    • randyg

      December 12, 2011 at 8:03 am

      Thanks 🙂

  2. Liz

    December 10, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Your first photograph is what I saw when I looked out… it was lovely!

    Your photographs are gorgeous.:))

    • randyg

      December 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

      I’m happy to hear you were able to view the eclipse from your location. 🙂

  3. Rob

    December 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Those are still amazing shots. The moon was already well blow the ridge lines for us when the eclipse happened.

    • randyg

      December 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

      Yeah, you live in a crevice. 😉 I think you should have gotten up at 4 AM and hiked up on top someplace. 😛

      • Rob

        December 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm

        I would’ve, and did, vicariously through you… ;p

  4. Chris

    December 16, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Very, very cool, whether you were on top of a mountain or not. 🙂

    • randyg

      December 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

      Turned out much better than I expected.

  5. Randy K.

    December 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    You Da man Randy G. Spectacular work! Thank you so much for sharing it!