Super Blood Moon Eclipse

Living up to its name of a blood moon. This is about 1 minute after passing totally into the Earth’s shadow.

There was a lunar eclipse today. As the moon is very near perigee (i.e. the closest it gets to the Earth), it appears larger than normal, aka a “Super Moon”. The eclipse is also total, aka a “Blood Moon”; the moon turns red due to being illuminated by light passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it was mostly cloudy and rainy today, so I gave up on the idea of photographing it. Then the clouds parted briefly, just as the moon was entering totality, I managed to snatch a few pics, and then it clouded over again.

A wider view of the eclipse as clouds were gathering

Aquarium again

A few more things you can find at the aquarium.

A puffin swimming underwater

I spent a little time at the puffin exhibit, trying to get a shot of one swimming underwater. The wall of the exhibit is glass, so you can see both above and under water. I’m not happy with any of the ones I got. The best picture I did get was the splash when a common murre dived underwater (below).

Scarse murre
Scarce murre
A kid coming face to face with a cuttlefish, at the “Tentacles” exhibition.
A fish, I don’t have a note of which sort. It may be an Orangespine Unicornfish, according to Google.
The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium

The rarest thing I saw at the aquarium, wasn’t fishy though. It was this guy shooting on film. Not only film, but medium format film, which was pretty rare even in the era of film. (The camera is a Mamiya C220.)


The aquarium’s other humongous tank, is the kelp tank.

Kelp tank
The kelp tank at the aquarium

That replicates the kelp forests of the Monterey Bay itself (where the aquarium is located). There’s lots of interesting stuff in the kelp tank.

A friendly bass in the kelp tank
A shark (tiger shark?) in the kelp tank.
The aquarium is also famous for otters
Bat Ray
A bat ray in the touchpool
Tiger Sharks
Tiger sharks. The tocuhpool also has tiger sharks, you can watch them through remote controlled cameras.
A bird at the Sandy Shore exhibit
You can get up close and personal to the birds, they don’t mind.

Aquarium: The deep ocean

We were in Monterey at Thanksgiving, we went to the aquarium (we’re members) a few times.

The deep ocean tank at the aquarium

One of my favorite places is the deep ocean tank. It’s a humongous tank, kept mainly in the dark. It holds the large deep ocean critters. In the photo above, they’ve turned on the bubble curtain, which helps new critters not to bang into the glass. It does obscure our view though.

Tank 2
The deep ocean tank without bubbles

Critters, like sharks, tuna, mahi mahi, and turtles.

Sunfish, looking very alien

Our favorite is the sunfish (mola), which looks like nothing on earth.

Hammerhead sharks


There’s also small shoaling fish in the tank. You can see how the shoaling behavior confuses the predators, so usually they don’t get eaten. Occasionally a small fish will separate from the shoal, and be vulnerable. Like the fish below.

I want to be a tuna
I want to be a tuna


While we were in Monterey, I shot the sunset.

Sunset on the Monterey Peninsula.

As I was getting into the car to go back to the hotel, the sky did this.

Red clouds
Red clouds at dusk

And a kiss on the beach

A kiss on the beach at sunset


An oldie but goodie.

Attempting a people free shot, someone stands in the way, and makes it better

I shot this one on film, it won me a “digital” photo contest as I entered a scanned image of it. I won a film scanner. I already had a film scanner, I used it to scan the image in the first place.


I’m looking for entries in a photo contest “Seascapes”. These are the ones which didn’t quite make it.

In the wake of the navigators, setting sail from Lisbon.

Somewhere off California.


First real post.

While visiting Mom, I saw the sky out of the window and decided to take a few pics. I took a few, then the sky darkened, and that seemed like a good time to give up. Of course, the last one taken just as the sky darkened was the best.

Red sky at night
The interesting sky at dusk.

This was one of the better ones previous to that.

Interesting sky
The interesting sky.