Thursday, February 21, 2008

Now You See It, Now You Don't

In case you hadn't heard, last night was a total eclipse of the moon. We started the evening on the causeway at Periwinkle Park's Full Moon Potluck. This happens once a month and is a time where the sun sets on one side of the causeway and the moon rises on the other just a few minutes apart. It is pretty amazing. About 20-30 people from our trailer park meet on the causeway to enjoy the view, the company, and obviously, the food

There were lots of clouds last night so sunset was a bust and we were afraid that moonrise and the eclipse would be too. But low and behold, the moon cleared the clouds and was beautiful--for about 2 minutes.

So Mr. Snowbird and I decided to pack up and go home. By the time we got home, we noticed that the clouds were starting to clear and lo and behold, when we went out on our deck, there was the moon right there in front of us. Beautiful. So, about 8:43, we headed out with a couple of glasses and a bottle of adult beverage, sat in our new gravity chairs, and enjoyed nature's spectacular show. I decided to take some pictures. I tried a couple with my camera on night setting but wasn't too thrilled so I switched to automatic and got some great shots. Obviously I have zoom on my camera but as you can tell, not a sooper dooper zoomer. But--I was thrilled with the pictures just the same. So, I thought, for those of you that didn't get to see it because it was too cloudy, because it was too cold to go out and check, because you were feeding kids and couldn't get away, because you just plain forgot, or because you just didn't give a darn, I would share some of my pictures. Enjoy. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention---later on the 11:00 news, they showed a weather map of Florida and at the time of the eclipse clouds covered most of the state except for our little corner of the world. How cool is that?

I tried to get earlier pictures but they didn't turn out too good.

I love the way you can see the rest of the moon.

Getting there.

Just a sliver.

Less than a sliver.

All gone.

Almost full again.

And there you have it, full again.

Isn't nature amazing?


~Billie~ said...

Very beautiful pictures! Nothing beats good company, good food, and a good view!

Bunny Trails said...

I LOVE your photos! I took some, but they're on film and I haven't developed them yet. I didn't get quite the progression you did, though. Thanks for sharing and thanks for dropping by my WW. :D