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Super Moon & Total Lunar Eclipse Coming Sunday Night – Eastern U.S.

Even when I was a kid, I’ve always had a fascination with the moon.  It’s up there and it seems so close!

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On Sunday it’ll be extra BIG because it’s so close in its orbit around Earth, so it’ll be a Super Moon.  And, it will also be a total lunar eclipse that will be best viewable in the eastern half of the U.S.  This image shows the various viewing zones on earth.

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And, this video will help!

 

Anticipating this Super Moon and lunar eclipse, I decided to take a few pictures tonight, through a hazy sky.

 

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And, there is no truth to the rumor that my Sweetheart, my fiancée, was seen riding a great white shark across the face of the moon, as far as anyone can tell.

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Moon, Moon, What A Moon!

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Two nights ago, I was supposed to be in the perfect location to view and photograph the fantastic moonrise over Cincinnati.  However, strong thunderstorms decided to upset those plans, so I remained indoors and dry.  But, it was only a little more than two hours later, around 10 PM, that the clouds were clearing out and I’d be able to take a somewhat “super moon” pic or two.  I wasn’t disappointed.

 

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In four weeks, there will be a real “Super Moon” which is when the moon is closest to earth in it’s yearly orbit and directly after the full moon will be a total lunar eclipse which will be visible over the Eastern/Central U.S.  Yes, we are in the perfect place for this coming total lunar eclipse, when only lights from earth will light up the moon, because the earth will block the Sun’s light and the moon will glow an orangish color.  I can’t wait!

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Owls And Full Moons – What Could Be Better?!

If you’re going to take a picture of a full moon, what would be better than an owl, a creature of the night, highlighting that picture?  So, without further ado, owls and full moons!

Owl & Moon

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about!

Beautiful Owl

What a beautiful creature!

Full Moon Rising (Video)

I’ve taken a “leave of absence” to take a little better care of me.

You see, I’m disabled due to injuries suffered in 1977, when I was in the U.S. Marine Corps and a few years ago, those injuries decided to haunt me.  I won’t get into the details, but there were a few times that I was close to death.  I didn’t die!  That just means I’ve been given more time to haunt my friends. What else are they good for anyways, right?

But this past Polar Vortex winter was really tough on me and I was a complete shut-in for most of it and that’s not a good thing.   In any case, I’m back to … “normal”, whatever that would be.  And, I’m nothing but trouble to those who actually love me.   Of course, I love them, too!

So, this is a really great video of the moon, a really nice full moon, rising and people in the distance being the silhouette.  So, watch it and enjoy it.  It’s about 3 1/2 minutes long and there’s some music with it.

Location, Location, Location!

There are so many beautiful places on this Earth of ours.

Gudvangen Norway

From north (like Norway) …

Victoria Regia Water Lily and Lily Pads

To south (like Brazil) …

Cherry Blossom Lake Sakura Japan

And from east (like Cherry Blossom Lake in Japan) …

Wisconsin Sunset

To west (like this Wisconsin sunset)

This is a beautiful Earth we live on!

Stairway To The Top Of The World

Mount Ai-Petri - Crimea - Ukraine

Of course, how would you see the sunset from above the clouds if you didn’t take the stairway?

This is Mount Ai-Petri, in Crimea, Ukraine, and what an amazing view!

Above The Clouds

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What could be more grand than to witness a beautiful sunset standing above the clouds!

Independence Day Colors

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Is there anything as exciting as being beneath an amazing fireworks display?

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It may sound and smell like a war zone, but the sights and sounds are still amazing.

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Even if I’ve seen a hundred fireworks displays, I’ll always be amazed by them.

Big Is Beautiful, Too!

Pillars Of Creation

This is an iconic photo by the Hubble Space Telescope called the “Pillars of Creation”, the Eagle Nebula picture taken many years ago and always worth sharing.

International Earth and Sky Photo Contest 2014

Some of the most beautiful photos you’ll ever see and some are truly astounding!

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