I look at you and suddenly something in your eyes I see
Soon begins bewitching me
It’s that old devil moon that you stole from the skies
It’s that old devil moon in your eyes.
Old Devil Moon written by Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg
Last evening I decided to take a drive to the Des Moines Marina around 6pm to watch the sunset and wait for the rise of the blood moon. I had contemplated this all week and almost didn’t go but then realized that since this had only happened five times since 1900 and that the next time would be 2033 I had better do it now. After all, in 2033 I’ll be 85!
Although sunset wasn’t till 7:15 pm and moon rise at about 7:50 pm I went early because I figured there would be a lot of people with the same idea. So I took my camera and my Nook and made the less than 10 minute drive. I was correct and everyone and her sister seemed to be there. As time progressed the parking lot continued to fill and spots were hard to find. I read until the light began to dim then walked over to the railing to take pictures of the sunset. Here they are.
It cast a golden glow on the water and the hillside
The final rays turned the glaciers on on Mt. Rainier…our “dormant” volcano…a subtle shade of pink.
And then it was gone.
After what seemed an interminable wait the Blood Moon finally appeared above the tops of the condos that face the water. By the time it showed itself on the west coast of the US it was in full eclipse so only the outer edges were visible to my camera. And in case you are wondering…it did make it’s appearance between two trees…just barely showing in this picture if you look really, really close.
You can barely see it in the photos.
The eclipse would last another hour and since the parking lot was packed with cars and it was getting cold I decided not to get in the traffic jam when everyone and her sister decided to leave so I came on home.
Who knows….maybe I will see the one in 2033 from Venice!
And for those of you not familiar with the song I quoted; here is a link to a Tony Bennett version:
Since you know I have to work in Venice….another blogger who lives in Venice posted this video of a singer who is appearing at this year’s Biennale singing “Old Devil Moon” as she is riding in a boat down the Grand Canal.
Diavolo begs your pardon that he failed to appear in this post….but he did help with the writing of it….giving it four paws up.