Lunar eclipse

As much as we hate getting up early on the weekend, the bright moon beamed its own wakeup call through the unshaded window just before 5 a.m.  — just in time for us to see the show. And what a show it was!  The composite below begins at 5:21 a.m. CDT and the last frame was taken at 6:07 a.m., just as the sun was rising.  The full eclipse was too faint to see in the dawn-bright sky.

composite of lunar eclipse phases
LUNAR ECLIPSE — How it looked from suburban Ferndale on April 4, 2015.  It was the first clear sky day we’ve had in weeks, it seems.
moon entering eclipse
GOOD MORNING — Shadow just beginning to move across the moon.

Round bales on a gray day

The day before Labor Day was stormy in western Arkansas and as we headed home from the northwest corner of the state, drove through some fierce cells.  The sky began brightening from the west as we sped along U.S. 64 east of Altus.  I liked the muted colors, change in sky color from left to right and impressionistic motion blur in the foreground in this shot.

Round hay bales in a pasture