If you haven’t been looking up, the moon was been pretty spectacular these past few days, culiminating in a spooky red total lunar eclipse early Wednesday morning.

Photograph of the Blood Moon during a total lunar eclipse.

The eclipse was visible to observers in North America, western South America, parts of East Asia, Australia and other parts of the Pacific. Fortunately, here in Portland the weather held out! During an eclipse, the moon passes into the darkest part of Earth’s shadow. This causes it to glow with an eerie rusty red color, which is the origin of the term “blood moon.”

I was fortunate to be traveling this week, so I had an opportunity to photograph the moon on several different occasions near Portland, as well as in central Oregon.  I captured the image below  just after sunset as the full moon rose behind Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park.  This group of deer gave me a curious look for several seconds before the click of my camera caused their retreat.

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