Or “Blood Moon,” if you prefer. David and I watched a bit of the lunar eclipse early this morning. We didn’t think we would see much of it due to the cloud cover from yesterday’s storms, but we were pleasantly surprised. I also didn’t expect to get a couple of half-way decent photos — at least, for little point and shoot. An added bonus, we heard wild turkeys in the woods; and the White-throated Sparrows are still visiting. They have such a distinctive, beautiful song!
It’s that time of year that my sleep schedule gets all kinds of messed up. Of course, it didn’t help that last night David and I were playing video games into the wee hours of the morning, lol. We stayed up until sunrise this morning. It’s not often that I get to watch the sun rising because I’m simply not a morning person; but since we hadn’t been to bed yet, it made for a nice meditation moment before finally heading to bed. And the coyotes were howling like nothing I’ve ever heard before! I have yet to actually see one, but we hear them often here.
After we woke up this afternoon, I was pleased to find the day so warm and inviting. We’ve had some bitter cold days here already, even a couple of snow showers, which is not typical for this time of year. I spent most of the afternoon outdoors. We decided to turn off the heat and open the doors up to change out the air in the house a little and give the cats some freedom to go in and out as they please. Today, to my delight, I saw a red-tailed hawk flying overhead. A little while later, I heard the familiar call of Sandhill Cranes and looked to the sky to see a huge flock of them flying overhead.
I happened to glance down at the ground and notice this Giant Leopard Moth Caterpillar. The neighbor’s 5-year-old was outside with me at this point and asked if he could hold it. I told him that this one was fine to hold, showing him the red bands to identify it, but also told him to never handle fuzzy caterpillars without asking someone first because some of them do sting. The caterpillar remained in its defensive ball as he cautiously held it. I love to see kids this curious about nature. He asked if he could take a photo, too; and I have to say, that his photo below of me holding the caterpillar turned out very nice!
After a quick hike down to the creek and back, it seemed only fitting to finish the day off with a photo of the sunset. 🙂
6/12/2014 @ 11:07 PM CST — 6 second-long-exposure
I popped outside real quick to snap a few photos of the moon tonight because it’s so beautiful. Look closely at the photo above. Can you find the trail of a lightning bug? That was a happy accident. 😉 The one below wasn’t one of my favorites (the other two are) due to the slight blur; but it was the only one I snapped at exactly 11:12 pm which was the “official” time that I found for the moon to be at its fullest. “For anyone living in or eastward of the Eastern time zone, it falls on Friday the 13th.” [Source: Tomorrow’s Friday the 13th full moon is so rare, it won’t happen again until 2049]
Full Moon on 6/12/2014 @ 11:12 PM CST — 5 second-long-exposure
6/12/2014 @ 11:14 PM CST — 3.2 second-long-exposure
David and I awoke to a storm and a loud thud on the roof this afternoon. Don’t judge. He works second-shift, so our sleeping schedule is off from the “norm.” I finally got around to seeing what fell on the roof (just a small stick) around the time the sun was setting.
When I ran back inside to grab the camera for a few photos of the setting sun, Moses darted outside; so I allowed him a few minutes of fresh air and grass grazing. This also gave me a few moments of bliss watching the clouds quickly change colors in a fiery display.
It was so chilly out there that Moses ran back to the door on his own, much to my relief. He’s normally all claws and growls when I have to carry him back inside.