Blood Moon over Mt Rainier

The moon in total eclipse hangs blood red above Mt Rainier. The mountain and the moon are reflected in the waters of Clear Lake near Eatonville, WA.

The moon in total eclipse hangs blood red above Mt Rainier. The mountain and the moon are reflected in the waters of Clear Lake near Eatonville, WA.

Last night was the big Lunar Eclipse. We drove down to Clear Lake which is right beside Northwest Trek in Eatonville, WA. to watch the event.

The featured image, above, and this thumbnail are one and the same. I have simply cropped off the reflection of the moon and mountain making the featured image much stronger.

Most everybody who could was out watching the show last night. There has not been a supermoon “blood moon” since 1982, and there won’t be another one until 2033. This special eclipse has also been the source of many rumors and doomsday prophecies. For once, the skies in the Pacific Northwest were accommodating for such an auspicious event. There was not a cloud in the sky.

So, the story…

June, Liddy and I piled into the car at about 3:00 in the afternoon to run some errands and then head south on highway 161 to view the event. We picked up a bottle of chilled wine and some sandwiches, arriving at the lake shortly after 5:00. There was nobody to be seen.

June suggested we might want to make a pit stop as we would be hanging about for a couple of hours. A good idea I thought so we drove a couple of miles south to a service station to use the facilities. Liddy was left to hold the fort. Well, Liddy did what Liddy does well. She used her nose to find our lunch.

I returned to the car in less than 5 minutes to find her in the drivers seat with her nose buried in my Subway Clubhouse Sandwich. I leaned against the door and looked down at her as she scarfed back another piece of meat. Then her eye rotated to look at me. Her expression changed from one of num num, munch munch to one that I can only describe as Uh Oh! Busted!

Oh well – drove another couple of miles to Eatonville and replaced the sandwiches at the subway there returning to Clear Lake with plenty of time to set up amongst the gang of photographers who had gathered in our absence. Just another Northwest Moment to share with our friends.

(Thanks for that Liddy – don’t do it again!)