I did everything in my power to get great lunar eclipse photos. My alarm went off at 5AM. I was on my bike soon thereafter pedaling in the snow toward Hug Hill, one of the highest hills around here. I was carrying a tripod and a camera with a long lens in a backpack.
As I pedaled up the hill, I was hit with gusts of wind that knocked me off my bike. After one gust, I got off to push my bike with my meager headlamp leading the way. I looked up as I walked, and I saw stars glittering directly overhead, giving me hope that the western horizon was clear enough to let the moon shine through.
I made it to the top in plenty of time... but there was no moon - only clouds. As a consolation prize, I saw some brilliant colors as the sun rose behind the clouds.
As dawn crept up me, I could see the clouds that were obscuring my view of the moon. It looked as if the flat lands below us were completely socked in. Do you see a couple of faint lights from the town below us?
Then, the sunrise colors spread to that part of the sky, with a sea of clouds below me.
By the time the low clouds were threatening to engulf me, the moonset time had passed so I knew that I wouldn't see anything of the eclipse. I rode back down the big hill to pick up Shyla for a ride. She didn't do the very early part of the ride with me because I never allow her to be off-leash in the dark.
Seeing her atop Hug Hill showed how strong the wind was. As an aside, I was literally blown to the ground shortly before these photos.
She managed to wave to everyone while keeping her balance.
Then I called her to me, and we headed for a more protected area.