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[098] Look, Up In The Sky!

There is a total lunar eclipse tonight. The Earth is between the Sun and the Moon, and the Moon is passing through Earth’s shadow.

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The Blood Moon

It is called a “blood moon”, because it causes werewolves to lust for the blood of a at the height of the eclipse, about 12:30am PDT, the Moon will be cast in a rusty-reddish hue, caused by sunlight refracted through the lens of Earth’s atmosphere.

It does not signal the end of the world, the end of days, the end times… or the end of anything, really. And this ain’t ‘the rapture’ – so don’t bother going to sleep in your fancy travellin’ duds.

I was going to stay up and take pictures for you. But as I started snapping pre-eclipse moon shots, I learned (and not for the first time) that my little smartphone camera – optical wonder though it is – is not particularly well suited to photographing heavenly bodies at a distance of 250,000 miles. And I’m OK with that, really. Because it does pretty much everything else.

I did take this shot, using a blue filter, that I think is kind of groovy.

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Speaking of shadows, earlier today I took this shady selfie.

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This fabulous tree stands in West Hollywood Park, just outside of the pool. You can see the jungle gym equipment in the nearby “tot lot” playground. Kids don’t climb trees anymore. That’s sad. Because this is a perfect climber.

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Day 098 #100happydays

The End (so far)

[001] #100happydays

Moon Over PDC

Moon Over PDC

I have a South African friend who lives in Oman. Lois grabs life by the horns – and anything else she can get her hands on. She goes off on adventures to India, to Nepal, to Vietnam, to wherever is next… journaling her experiences and snapping the most captivating photography.

Lois just posted her participation in this #100happydays project.

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I’m in, too. And I hope you’ll join us. Snap a picture of one thing that makes you happy each day, for 100 days. It’s not a competition or a contest. Everyone wins. I’m drawn to this because I want to pay closer attention to the easy-to-miss moments that make me smile or laugh or appreciate something or someone… that are over before they begin. And it may be a challenge to capture some of this with an image. Which makes it fun.

I’ll share each day’s photo on Twitter, and expand on it a bit here. I posted today’s photo at the top of this post. A few hours ago I was playing around with one of the filters on my phone camera, getting shots of the colorful Pacific Design Center here in West Hollywood. That made me happy. And off we go.