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I See the Moon [and a critter]...

...but the critter isn't ON the Moon!!
Honestly, I had a post readied and prescheduled to post at midnight but since I got up early to watch the blood moon eclipse and to try to get some decent photos of the event, I thought I'd share this instead and save my other post for fences and skywatch and critters for some other time. And yes, while out there in the mosquito infested yard, in the dark, I was fumbling around and trying not to stumble over anything...but, I had company!! ['possum on the fence]

I'll share my company first.....

In the 2nd photo, notice how LONG its tail is...from the bottom of its well....bottom, curving down to the left on the fence, and it actually is quite similar in color to the hibiscus branch!!

Well, I got out of bed very early. I had read online that the eclipse was to begin around 5 a.m. EDT. Which meant in my time zone...4 a.m.!! I got out on the patio at 4:15 in the morning and the moon [luck was going my way...it was clear skies!!] was about half covered with our shadow already!


I took several blurry photos. Naturally. But the 'bloodier' it became, the better I could focus on a bit of detailing...


...after about an hour of watching the moon and our shadow covering the entire surface, then, we started to spin away and the shadow was receding as the moon was dropping toward the horizon [the dark line at the bottom of the moon is a power line!]


...around 5:30 a.m. it began getting lighter and the moon was beginning to drop too near the neighborhood homes/rooftops. The color of the moon changed dramatically the later it became....

Around 6:15/6:30 I went back outdoors and stood on one of our patio benches...the moon was still under partial eclipse, but a normal 'white glow' with a faint shadow at the bottom quarter. By that time the moon dropped completely from my view. And the phenomenal occurrence during this blood moon eclipse is....as the moon set in the west, the sun was rising to the east at the same time!!! It's called a selenelion, and it occurs when the sun and moon are 180 degrees apart in the sky at the same time.

Furthermore, we are in a rare series of lunar eclipses. This lunar eclipse is the second of a series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses. The first total lunar eclipse was April 15, 2014, and the next two will be on April 4 and Sept. 28 of next year. This series of total lunar eclipses is rare and the next series of four consecutive total lunar eclipses will not occur until the year 2032.






linking to: Good Fences - Skywatch Friday - Willy Nilly Friday 5 - Camera Critters - Saturday Critters



115 comments :

  1. Wow!!! Those are awesome captures of the eclipse, Anni!! Thanks so much for sharing!! You couldn't even be sure there was a moon of any size/shape or whatever here in Oregon last night, so I really did enjoy these!!

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    1. ...glad I was able to share them with you Sylvia. Thanks.

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  2. You got some amazing photos!! Thanks for sharing them with us. I didn't even know about it until I had the radio on, on my way to work. Such a beautiful thing to see!

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  3. It was dense fog outside here, so I didn't even try. Is that a possum? I looked and looked and think because of the tail that's what it is. Great shots, all of them! :-)

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    1. ...yes, that's 'possum. Thanks DJ...glad you enjoyed the post this time.

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  4. Beautiful moon captures, Anni! I was at work when the eclipse was happening..:(

    Your critter gives me the creeps..

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    1. ...lol....I think 'possums are sweet creatures.

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  5. Wonderful photo's! So glad you shared since I missed it altogether.

    Like one of your other commenters, I wagered a guess at raccoon. Haven't seen any here, but the last place where we were temporarily living had me finding more than a few in the trash can. :)

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    1. ...thanks Sally. Your link, tho, takes me to the Google Plus and no blog links of yours.

      By the way, the 'critter' is a 'possum not a raccoon.

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  6. Fantastic pictures of the eclipse!! We watched it too but didn't take any photos. We have a couple of resident possums. I've read that they are very short-lived, only about 2 years.

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    1. ...that's an interesting bit of trivia on their life span...sadly only two years?

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  7. You got wonderful pictures of the moon,and it really is blood red!! So it was all worthwhile. AND you saw a possum!

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  8. Great job with the moon pics. I got out in the yard too late this morning and could barely see the sliver of moon between the clouds drifting by. Buy Oh, My the possum! They can be pretty nasty.

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    1. ...thanks Linda.
      No, the 'possums aren't nasty...at least I've never encountered one...they look menacing with their sharp teeth, but most all wild animals can be so if threatened.

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  9. Very nice shots of the moon!! You did a great job at capturing the eclipse!

    Interesting looking possum...seems darker-colored than the ones we have around here. We raised 3 of them once when their mother was killed.

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    1. ...thanks Bethany.
      Y'know I go to your Google Plus page and I get so confused as to your most recent post....so, if I don't respond and pay you a visit it's because of Google Plus and the way they have the 'profile' page laid out.

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  10. You took wonderful pictures of the moon and the critter ain't bad either.

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  11. You got some amazing shots! I couldn't see it from home because we have too many trees around our house, but I got a good view of it on the way to work. Very cool!

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    1. I bet it was something to witness this while driving to work!! Thanks Mari.

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  12. You made my day! These are the best pictures! Thanks for sharing the critter and the moon!

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  13. love what you have done with your back ground it is awesome. Love the critter and the mooon very awesome....I caught the one in April but couldn't stand to stay with it this time...i have been fighting asthma something fierce.

    thanks again for sharing

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    1. ...thanks for everything Maryanne...and hope you feel better soon.

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  14. Firstly, what is that critter. I don't think I know it?!?!
    But the blood moon, what can I say... I witnessed it on my sisters farm in Namibia whilst visiting there a few years ago, and it is truly spectacular to watch. Your pic's are GREAT!

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    1. ...thanks Ms. V. And the critter is a 'possum

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  15. Your blood moon images are amazing. We had a nice moon last night as well, but it wasn't near as red as it appeared on your night sky.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  16. You got some great pictures. I was already at work when this started but I did get to peek out the back door to have a quick look

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    1. Wow...you bakers get to work early!! Of course you do...you have to I'm sure.

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  17. I've never seen a possum except in photos, although a friend of mine has.

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  18. great shots of the moon...i missed it :( the possum's tail does look like a branch! they freak my daughter out!

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    1. I think they're cute. As long as I have a bit of distance between it and me. lol

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  19. Very nice moon photos.

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  20. Nice moon photos. Not so sure I like the opossum on the fence, but the ivy is pretty. lol We used to have opossums around here, but haven't seen one for a few years. They'd come onto our deck. They looked like huge rats with way too many sharp teeth.

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    1. ...thanks Judy. The 'ivy' is a hybrid mini-hibiscus.

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  21. the hubby got to see an opossum at the trash can. me only while driving at night. thankfully too. ( :

    love your moon shots. we have to many trees to see the moon.

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    1. My dear man doesn't care for them one bit. I don't mind 'em.

      Thanks Beth

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  22. Neat possum pics! You got the moon shots perfectly!!!

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  23. Your photos of the blood moon are fabulous! We missed seeing it because of rain, but these almost make up for that. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos. Have a great day!

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  24. Wow!! These photos are wonderful!!
    It was cloudy in my neck of the woods and couldn't see the moon at all. Glad you got some great shots!
    I have a lot of possums in my neck of the woods - they're always visible... :)

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    1. Hi Rebecca....long time no see here. I'm glad you enjoyed visiting....thanks!!

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  25. I think you put a lot of pros to shame ... Your captures outshine any I have seen and who couldn't love the little possom. Ugly, yes, but cute ugly and they really aren't vicious, they just look that way. I tried to get pictures, but I was too late and we have too many trees so when I went out, I saw nothing. So you are my sole source of the Blood Moon sitings and I love it! Much easier than getting up at 4:15 :) thanks, Hootin' Annie ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. ...my goodness...thanks for the positive feedback Andrea. And yes, most think 'possums are vicious but they aren't.

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  26. cute varmint and nice moon shots! great job!

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  27. Wow - fabulous moon shots!

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  28. the photos are AWESOME, really they are... and this shows what a lot of patience can do for a photographer... i have a patience problem. i can not watch any thing at all for more than 5 or 10 minutes... like setting up and waiting for the sun to hit or to move.. that is why i am a snapper.. see it snap it and you can tell by the photos... great job

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    1. ...well, then, I'm glad you stopped by Sandra. And thanks for the compliment.

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  29. You have some excellent pictures. We have had hazy nights and foggy mornings. Not great for taking photos.

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  30. Brave, aren't we!! that opossum on the fence and you out there just as brave as can be.

    I am sorry to have missed the blood moon but your shots gave me the next best view I could have had. Great job.

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    1. 'possums are harmless, so no bravery involved. Their teeth look menacing, but all in all they're sweet.

      Glad you enjoyed the post this time 'round.

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  31. The possum on the fence is great!! I hear them in the night, but so far I haven't seen them, only as run over flat somethings on the road :-(. Your photos of the lunar eclipse are wonderful - it was in the middle of the night in our timezone, so we didn't see it. We woke up when it was almost over.

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  32. Magnificent Moon shots wow!

    The fence one is good with the critter.

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  33. Fantastic moon shots and certainly worth getting up for.

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  34. I LOVE your possum! And, I'm kicking myself to have completely missed that eclipse but very grateful to you for showing those wonderful photos. Also LOVE the idea of you up in the wee hours of the morning, excited about the eclipse and enjoying your uninvited but welcome company :)

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  35. Usually the only Possums I get to see are squished ones on the road. That must have been fun to see it perched on the fence.
    Great shots of the moon and eclipse.

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    1. ...they're so silent in the dark, I was lucky to glance and see its shadow so I could then get photos of it too.

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  36. Fantastic shots of the eclipse!

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  37. I can always count on YOU to show me what I miss in the mornings! You take and document the BEST photos!! Loved seeing them all......
    I used to have a possum that lived here! He lived under the deck and sometimes even INSIDE the house (not on purpose!) in my sewing room. He was tiny when we first saw him and stayed her for a couple of years. The babies are MUCH cuter than full grown ones but they ALL eat a TON of insects and are clean critters!

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    1. Yep, I like 'possums for that reason...they eat cockroaches. lol And besides, I think they're cute.

      Thanks Linda.

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  38. Wow, wow, wow... I am so glad I stopped by from Good Fences! The Possum shots are wonderful but the eclipse? Holy cow, these are amazing and I am so glad you shared them. I got up, but couldn't stay awake. I sat down on the sofa the change a lens, put my head back and zonked out. Love these!

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    1. ...well then, I'm glad you decided to stop by Jeanne. Thanks.

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  39. Wow! Your moon shots are fantastic! I didn't get to see it as it was raining here so I'm glad to see these awesome shots of it.

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  40. Wonderful captures...of the moon and the possum! I would have had to get out and go for a drive to capture the eclipse...too many big trees here in the neighborhood to see it...

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    1. ...when these things happen, we usually have overcast skies no matter where we live. But Oct 8th was a perfect setting.

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  41. Great shots! We had a possum on our fence once. Drove the dog nuts!
    Have a good weekend.

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    1. Oh I can imagine the uproar with your dogs!! LOL

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  42. Great shots! Love your little visitor! :-) And the moons shots are great. We saw the first of the four, but this time the sky was overcast. We've been having rain because of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Simon. Some flooding in Cochise Co. but overall nothing serious. Just some beautiful cooler weather, overcast skies and rain off and on. It's been like fall! I mean, fall from someplace else! :-) We've enjoyed it. I have two posts this weekend. One includes the blood moon. The other is for Bird d'Pot. You wondered why I didn't link the cactus wrens to both d'Pot and WBW but I had this in the wings! :-) I'll be posting the first in a couple of hours. The second (d'Pot) likely will see light of day on Saturday mid to late morning. All my best!

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    1. Cooler, beautiful, weather is a welcome relief in Tucson, that I know!! But, it's something that the Pacific is up to the "S" in hurricanes this year...The Gulf, on the other hand, has only had ONE come in so far. We have friends in Douglas, I should call them. All the rest have stayed out in the Atlantic. Odd occurrences to be sure. [I hope I didn't jinx us now]. Anyway, what I meant about adding the link to your Cactus Wren is that you can add a link all week long up until Thursday Midnight.

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    2. Just thought I would try to do different posts for your meme and Stewarts whenever I can. It doesn't always work though. :-)

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  43. Wow, these shots are awesome. It was very cloudy here and I didn't see any of this. :(

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    1. Thanks Terri...at least you got to see them here then.

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  44. That possum is kinda cute!! They have not come this far north yet...
    My favourite sot of the moon is the third from the last - I think those are the edges of the shingles on the roof, but I think they are cool!!

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    1. Yes, those are shingles indeed...in our neighbor's back yard. You're very observant Judy.

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  45. What a surprise to see a possum! And great moon photos too!

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  46. Wonderful eclipse shots!!

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  47. great images Anni. It was cloudy here so I didn't even bother.

    My that posssum sure does have a long tail.

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  48. I did not get so luck with the eclipse

    #SkyWatch Friday

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  49. Well done! So hard to capture, and you did a great job.

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  50. Good Morning, Anni. my regular comment is up above. But, I am stopping back to say thanks for linking up, have a happy weekend!

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    1. ...thank YOU Eileen for hosting.

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  51. Love the possum that kept you company! Fantastic moon shots!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  52. Looks like the critter was waiting for the moon too. The blood moon photos are superb!

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  53. Wow, Anni! Glad you pulled yourself from bed. I like the shots of the moon AND the possum! That tail kinda gives me the creeps - at first I did think it was part of the vine. Did you use a tripod while shooting the moon? (I guess not when you stood on the bench...)

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    1. no, no tripod...yes, early rising. Thanks Barb

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  54. Gorgeous shots moonth, nice article,have a nice end sunday.
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  55. Love your moon shots! You did a terrific job!

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  56. Your little varmint would have scared me to death! It's the tail. *shivers*

    Love your blood moon series. Wish I hadn't been so tired, but at least I have more chances next year!

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  57. Possums are not so benign, one killed some of my poultry.

    I photographed both eclipses to about the midpoint then lost them to clouds / trees. It was very hard to have to keep finding places to plant the tripod. I'm very interested in the prophetic significance of the passover / sukkot connections....

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