Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Harvest Moon Lunar Eclipse

lunar eclipse (c) John Ashley
Lunar eclipse rises above Glacier's Garden Wall, photographed at a 4-minute interval
September's total lunar eclipse has come and gone, and once again the world failed to end as predicted by some religious "lunatics." For those of us living in the amazing real world, Sunday's full moon was already deep within the Earth's orange-ish shadow before rising above the mountains, when viewed from the west side of Glacier National Park.

In this interval photograph, I photographed the moon every 4-minutes after it rose above the Garden Wall. The moon moves out of Earth's shadow while clipping Mount Oberlin, then returns to a fully sunlit moon shining above Clements Mountain. In the bottom left, you can see horizontal headlights (white) and taillights (red) of cars driving along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. Also in the foreground, orange cottonwood leaves were lit by a passing car in the valley floor about one-quarter mile away from my camera location.