Today was just one of those days, I didn’t feel like doing much. Some days are there for being lazy and do a whole bunch of nothing. But I still went outside to do my daily photography. Kevin found a young toad, when he worked on mulching the west side of the house. A Pearl Crescent butterfly enjoyed some nectar from the blooming Lantana flowers. The Texas sunset was beautiful as always. And I could capture the Moon in some clouds; a very beautiful and dramatic setting, we’ve had this evening.
Oh, I forgot to capture the Moon in it’s First Quarter phase at 5:55 am (CDT). Now, I look at the Moon. And of course it’s a sliver more than the Quarter of this morning. Therefore we are in the Waxing Gibbous phase, this evening.
This evening, we had one “Mocker” sitting so perfectly in the neighbor’s tree, that the Moon was behind the bird and the last rays of the Sun were reflecting in an orange-red shade on its feathers. The Mockingbird sang a song about Spring, warmth, sunshine, mating and probably a couple lines about the rising Moon. I just hope for him, he’s not the Bachelor, that sits in a nearby tree and sings this very same song from 2:30 – 4:00 every morning.
Before the severe thunderstorm comes through North Texas tonight, the sky cleared up, and I could photograph the waxing gibbous Moon in the early evening hours. In two days, the April Pink Moon will be full. Of course, the Moon won’t be pink. It got it’s name from the Spring pink blooms at this time of the year. Hopefully, this weekend the sky will be clear for a perfect shot of the “Easter Full Moon”.
I’ve captured one last shot of the Waxing Gibbous Moon, before Luna’s big night tomorrow. We will have a Super Blood Moon/Total Lunar Eclipse.
The Moon will be in its perigee stage and as close as 221,681 miles (356,761 Kilometers) to Earth. This will be the closest approach for the year 2019. The furthest Full Moon will occur in June, this year. In it’s apogee stage it will be 252,622 miles (406,555 Kilometers) away from Earth. Being perigee and apogee, the distance of these two Moon stages is approximately 30,000 miles (50,000 Kilometers).
When we experience a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth covers the Moon 100 percent from the Sun. While the light supply from the Sun is cut due to the Earth’s shadow, the Moon doesn’t go completely dark. Instead, the surface of the Moon takes a reddish glow. Therefore, we call it a Blood Moon.
Let’s hope for a clear sky tomorrow night. The Lunar Eclipse can be seen from Eastern Russia at sunset, the North and South America at night and early morning hours. It also can be seen in Western Africa and in Europe before sunrise.
Beautiful skies, we had this afternoon. The wind was strong and brisk, but the Sun was warm. Friday suppose to be warm in the low 70s (21°C), before we drop into the low 20s (-6°C) on Sunday night. Kevin and I need to bring some potted plants, including the Meyer Lemon tree in the garage for a couple of nights. But in the meantime, we enjoy the warmer temperatures, before the Texas Winter comes back.
It will be only four more day until we will have the Harvest Full Moon. Hopefully, the sky stays clear long enough for me capturing a photo. We suppose to get more rain by Wednesday.
YES! The rain has stopped and the Sun came out, this afternoon. Oh, these warming rays felt so good on my skin. I couldn’t get enough of this beautiful weather. Katelynn and Sara came out to play in the yard. Several times I had to tell them not getting too wet, due to the saturated ground and cool weather. But they were too busy rescuing worms from the stream and counting snails on the front porch.
This evening, Kevin and I sat with a beer in the garage. We watched the sunset, before we had dinner. It was beautiful, but it was not as fiery as I was hoping tonight. And it was nice to see the Moon, again. We haven’t seen Luna since it was in its New Moon phase.
After the rain last night, we had a cloud covered sky in the morning. But it cleared up with temperatures in the upper 60s in the afternoon. This evening, no cloud was in sight. And short after sunset I went outside and captured some photos of the waxing gibbous Moon and tree silhouettes, before it got too dark.