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.
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).
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.)
We were in Monterey at Thanksgiving, we went to the aquarium (we’re members) a few times.
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.
Critters, like sharks, tuna, mahi mahi, and turtles.
Our favorite is the sunfish (mola), which looks like nothing on earth.
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.
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.