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Nights of the Hunters Moon

Typically the October Hunters Moon eludes me.  This year the sky was generous.  The weather cooperated the day before and the day after the Blood Moon eclipse.

With the Full Moon approaching I was able to capture the Hunters Moon on the rise the night before.

Hunters Moon night before eclipse October 2014 7pm October 6, 2014

As the sun began to set on the evening of October 7th the colors in the sky allowed the Hunters full Moon to rise above the horizon in beauty.  As I was capturing the allure of the evening sky I noticed the moon appearing.

Sunset Hunters Moon Rising October 20146:15pm October 7, 2014

Hunters Moon Rising October 20146:24pm

The moon rose above, through, and between the lines of clouds in the sky creating changes by the minute.

Hunters Moon Rising October 20146:32pm

Hunters Moon Rising October 20146:34pm

Hunters Moon Rising October 20146:35pm

Hunters Moon rising October 20146:36pm

Under a darkening sky there was a glow upon the water.

Hunters moonlight glow October 2014

As twilight faded the Full Moon was clearly visible.

Hunters Full Moon before eclipse October 2014

Lighting the water in gold.

Hunters Moonlight October 2014

Fast forward to the occurrence of the Lunar Eclipse which transformed into the Bloodmoon.

Hunters Moon Eclipse October 20144:29am October 8, 2014

Hunters Moon Eclipse October 20144:42am

As I was watching the transformation in the sky I looked to my left and saw I had a friend along side me watching the eclipse.  Both Rabbits and the Moon are symbols of regeneration, abundance and rebirth.  The Romans believed rabbits watched over everything just as the moons appears to.  In folk belief the phases of the moon can be seen in the eye of rabbits.

watching Hunters Moon Eclipse October 2014 4:44am

The total eclipse was about to begin.

Bloodmoon Hunters Moon Eclipse October 2014 5:13am

With the red changes in the sky the Bloodmoon was appearing.

Bloodmoon Hunters Moon Eclipse October 2014 5:25am

Maximum Eclipse occurred as the Moon was closest to the center of the shadow.

Bloodmoon Hunters Moon Eclipse October 2014 5:55am

Shortly after the maximum eclipse the moon began to get low in the west.

Bloodmoon as it sets in the West Hunters Moon Eclipse October 2014 6:05am

As twilight appeared before the sun was to rise, the moon began to fade off in the distance.

Hunters Moon after eclipse as it sets in the west at morning twilight October 2014 6:24am

There was a faint glimmer of light at the top edge of the moon as I took my last photo in the series.

Hunters Moon after eclipse as it sets in the west at morning twilight October 2014 6:28am

Having just witnessed the beauty of the moon’s transformation from rise to set and seeing the intense colors in the morning sky I was inspired to catch yet another sunrise.

Sunrise morning of the bloodmoon eclipse October 20146:58am

Feeling that my series was now complete I did not intend to go out for another moonrise.  Yet as evening fell the Hunters Moon was too intriguing not to photograph.

It appeared with a halo of light.

Rising of Hunters Moon evening after eclipse of bloodmoon October 2014

Rising of Hunters Moon evening after eclipse of bloodmoon October 2014

With the view through the trees it was the October Moon full of mystery.

Rising of Hunters Moon evening after eclipse of bloodmoon October 2014

Surrounded in a purple halo with the green shadow of the moon the trees were illuminated with stillness.

Rising of Hunters Moon evening after eclipse of bloodmoon October 2014

Embracing the energy of the moon and nature I could now say it was a full 24hrs of photographing the Rise and Set and Rise of October’s Fullmoon.

Intrigued by the mystery, may you always find yourself dancing under the moonlight…;)

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