Twenty-four hours ago, I was so buried in work and intent on wearing my grumpy pants all week, I didn't even know what a blood moon was. Luckily for me, I have some adventurous, sleep-defying coworkers who thought it'd be fun to trespass on the beach after curfew and watch the lunar eclipse very, very early this morning. I brought along my camera and made a few shots of the eclipse's succession, seen above; I had never attempted to shoot the moon before, so it was a fun endeavor. I put away my equipment and just laid on the sand, enjoying the moment, when the moon hit its "blood red" peak about 12:45 a.m. (I'll give that a go the next round come Oct. 8, for anyone else who is interested). There was something really refreshing I didn't even know I was craving till it happened about all of us laughing (and freezing) our asses off for hours, camped out near the waves, watching the moon change colors right in front of our eyes. Saying I was unhappy this time last year is a grand understatement; last night, I think I laughed more in one chunk of hours than I did all of 2013. Blood Moon 2014 is officially going down as one of my favorites nights of the year so far. Isn't that usually how the unexpected evenings out go, though?
For anyone interested in seeing some fantastic shots of the moon when it did go red, Leonard Ortiz -- an exceptionally talented photographer at the Orange County Register whose work I love and skills I covet and admire to no end -- made some gorgeous photos himself, seen below (all copyright © 2014 Leonard Ortiz).
If you didn't stay up to watch this morning's lunar eclipse, I highly recommend next time you down a cup (or two) of coffee and make the trek somewhere to see if for yourself. It is absolutely worth every sleep-deprived second.