Waiting for the lunar eclipse

Yesterday I was waiting for the spectacular lunar eclipse that was set for the evening. A friend and fellow photographer came along on the trip and it was good to have one to talk with while waiting for this special moment in time. The weather, light and atmosphere was great and very photogenic, we were only disturbed by mosquitoes and later in the evening clouds on the eastern sky.

On the way to the planned photo site we stopped at Trehøje (127 m.) in Mols Bjerge National Park and enjoyed the magnificent view from these hills which is very high by Danish standards. This hilly area is known as Mols Bjerge ("bjerge" translates to "mountains") and was in 2008 declared one of the first Danish national parks. It is a beautiful unspoiled country of farms and rolling hills that descend to the ocean; my friend had never been there so he was rather overwhelmed by the view.

The destination of the evening was Ellemandsbjerg, the highest point on the peninsula of Helgenæs just south of Trehøje. This hill rises 99 meters above sea level and from the top there's an fantastic view over most of Helgenæs and beyond; it is possible to see the Island of Samsø, Hjelm and in clear weather Fyns Hoved and Sjællands Odde.

While waiting we saw a few roe deer on the field beneath us and I made a few shots of the beautiful countryside. We waited an hour or so but had not yet seen the moon because of the clouds on the eastern sky, therefore we decided to drive home and left with a bit of disappointment.

When driving home we finally got to see the lunar eclipse anyway and I stopped the car at Nappedam, in the Kalø Vig area. My moon image is showing a partial lunar eclipse in the ending phase at 2330, so we got what we came for anyway!

The Moon is normally illuminated by the Sun but during a total lunar eclipse like the one last evening, the full moon passes through Earth's shadow and then blocking the Sun light. Indirect sunlight can still illuminate the Moon turning it a dramatic shade of red. It is 11 years since we last had a lunar eclipse like the one we had last night.

Field in evening light, Helgenæs, Denmark
(Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 300mm 2,8 VR ED, TC-14E II, iso 200, tripod)

Field II, Helgenæs, Denmark
(Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 300mm 2,8 VR ED, iso 200, tripod)

View from Ellemandsbjerg, Helgenæs, Denmark
(Nikon D700, Nikkor PC-E 85mm 2,8 micro, Graduated ND 0,6H filter, iso 200, tripod)

Lunar eclipse, Nappedam, Kalø Vig, Denmark
(Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss ZF.2 50mm 2,0 T* Makro-Planar, iso 200, tripod)

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