Tropical Storm Helene roared through the West Highlands of Scotland while we were there. The image above was from the following morning, as the clouds began to lift.
We drove on snow-packed roads, then down a farm road to reach Vestrahorn peak. It is, oddly enough, privately owned because the farmer owns all the land that surrounds it. The sunset was very promising, but then got cut short by another massive snow squall that had been holding off to the south all day.
We arrived at this huge glacier just before the roads closed to the west of us from a major winter storm. Serious winds, 50mph and up, stinging snow. But underneath the icecap, it’s an entirely different world. Here are a couple of exposure merges done with Lightroom.
There’s something about these special astronomical events that won’t occur again in my lifetime. On January 31, 2018, we were fortunate to witness a Super Blue Blood Moon. That is a full moon that is
- A Blue Moon, the second full moon of a month
- A Super Moon, one at the closest point of it’s orbit to Earth
- A Blood Moon, in other words, a full lunar eclipse
So I packed up the camera, the tripod, and the dog, and headed out to Baylands. I would have gone to the ocean, up on the bluff south of Moss Beach, but I checked the weather (fortunately), and it was foggy. We had a great time in the early morning dew. The eclipse lasted well over an hour for us. Curiously, the colors came out more vivid than I saw in the night sky.
Later on, around 6:30, I took this image from my driveway just as the moon was setting over the western hills. Total occlusion was over, and the sliver of light lit up the tree branches nicely.