From Beginning to End

The hubby was determined to shoot Sunday’s eclipse from beginning to end, and he did, staying in place from 9 PM until after midnight.  The night before he scouted the closeby area for a perfect unobstructed spot to set up his camera, so when the time arrived he was ready.  Over the next 3 hours he took more than 200 photos. I’ll spare you all of them but the following which beautifully show the progression of the eclipse.


A couple of hours before, the moon hung low over Penobscot Bay illuminating the water and surrounding area with its glow.  It was so bright that it made the sky seem empty of all else.

eclipseFinally, at roughly 9:11 P.M. the eclipse began and the first shadow appeared to introduce a progression that would last for about an hour.

eclipseAs we watched, our friend who is an astrophysicist explained what was happening.

eclipseHis commentary made the event even more special and was quite educational.eclipseHe talked not only of the eclipse but of the constellations

eclipseand the stars that began twinkling in the sky as the moon darkened.  Earlier it had been nearly impossible to see all but a few with the naked eye.

eclipseIn the final stages of the eclipse when the moon was a dull ball, the Milky Way claimed its space in a velvet sky.

eclipseThough I expected the moon to go totally dark, it didn’t.  Rather it appeared as if it were hiding behind an orange curtain through which no light could pass.

eclipseSoon after it was totally eclipsed, the reverse began and sometime after midnight the moon again appeared as a bright orb high in the sky.

eclipseFor those of you who missed it, you have another chance in 18 years when the moon again is closest to the earth and perfectly aligned with it and the sun!

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44 thoughts on “From Beginning to End

  1. These are spectacular. Thanks.

    1. It was a spectacular sight. Thanks for taking a look.

  2. Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing..we didn’t get to see ANYTHING here in East Tennessee, sadly. Visiting from Savvy Southern Style.


    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks for visiting.

  3. I’m so glad you shared these photos. It was cloudy here early that evening and difficult to see the moon. I continued to go out to check the status and finally saw the red moon. Later it was bright with partial eclipse. Tell your hubby thank you!

    1. He will be tickled to hear your praise.

  4. Wow what fabulous shots. Featuring this at Wow tonight.

    1. Thank you, Kim, the hubby did a great job.

  5. Beautiful images! Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. Beautiful, now we know what we missed

  7. We missed it , too cloudy . Beautiful photos, so jealous

  8. Gorgeous capture. Beautiful images! Thank you for sharing them.

    1. And thank you for taking the time to look.

  9. Dear dear Linda and Phil , thank you ever so much for sharing this with us . The pho graphs are magnificent . Here in Houston , it was a noshow! Totally cloudy evening, disappointing us tremendously . Especially since the night before , the moon had presented itself in glorious shades of tangerine to yellow to silver . Thank for treating us to this celestial stage show !

    1. We were lucky to have such a beautiful night to observe this special happening. Thanks for taking a look.

  10. Just seeing this post. Thank you Phil and Linda!

  11. Fantastic! I missed it–but this almost makes up for it!

  12. THANKS. Nothing but clouds that night in NE Indiana.

    1. Seems like much of the country was cloudy so I’m glad the hubby got much with his camera.

  13. Linda, thanks to your husband for the fabulous photos! Total cloud cover here!

  14. Wonderful shots. How awesome! We had heavy cloud cover and rain so no chance for us to see this time or the last one.
    Your husband did a fabulous job. Thanks for sharing otherwise the weather channel photo was all I’ve seen that someone posted on Facebook.

    1. He worked hard for those photos. I abandoned him after the eclipse but he stayed out until the moon reappeared. I was in bed by then!

  15. Absolutely spectacular! I was disappointed. Here in New Jersey we were very overcast with clouds and could not see much.

    1. Glad you took a look here…thanks.

  16. Wow! Phenomenal!!

  17. That is just AWESOME!! Thanks for sharing these phenomenal pics!

  18. We were blessed with clear skies here in central Missouri 🙂 Great photos. Our camera needed a Much longer lens. Our neighbor’s porch light was about the best our camera could capture. lol

  19. Beautiful, beautiful !!!!

  20. Fabulous job…really enjoyed the set of images of the performance (by earth and) the moon that was covered by clouds where live and only occasionally gave us a glimpse. Well done.

    1. Thanks for taking a look at the whole thing.

  21. So beautiful and perfect captures! What a special series, thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  22. This is beautiful! Terry and I watched from Lake Megunticook. We can’t wait to see you both.

  23. WOW!!!! Great photography, Phil !!!!!!!!!!!! I must have gone outside 6 or 7 times to “view” the event, but was too cloudy to see! Thanks so much for sharing this with those of us that missed it!!!

  24. These are awesome photos! Tried to capture it with our camera from the other side of the harbor, but they were nothing like these! Thank you for sharing.

  25. Billie M. Keirstead September 30, 2015 — 6:38 am

    Thank you for posting these wonderful photos. Here in the Carolinas it was overcast and cloudy and we didn’t see a thing. Not even the light of the full moon penetrated the foggy mist. Your hubby must be taking photography lessons from you as these are exceptional. I am always delighted to see your blog posts. Billie Marasa Keirstead

  26. WOW, WOW, WOW!!! THANK YOU, Phil, for capturing this phenomenal event and Linda for sharing.

    We were in Florida with very heavy and wet skies. Periodically the clouds would break up a bit and we could tell there was a light in the distance but never got a clear look at the moon, so seeing your photos is a real treat!!! What lens was used and was it all shot while on a tripod? BEAUTIFUL!!!

    Hugs and Love from Houston, Carol and Bob


    1. Here’s what the man told me: 600mm equivalent. ISO 200 to 6400. f4

  27. Awesome pictures!! We watched it here as well and took a few photos but none were as beautiful as your hubbies. Thanks for sharing!!

  28. wow.. well done Linda’s hubby.. amazing! Here in Au, we couldn’t see/experience it.. thanks for having a late night, and sharing xx j

    1. You will get yours another time!

  29. Oh my gosh. I rushed around for hours trying to see the moon but no moon…
    It was too cloudy in Houston so I missed the Big event.
    Thank you. Thank you ..
    The photos are amazing.

  30. Brilliant, Linda! Compliments to Phil. We enjoyed the show over here on Limerock Street.

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