Hi Everyone! I needed to take a break last week, so I moved Wandering Camera to this week. This month the photos are a mixed bag. I took a few photos of the lunar eclipse through a telescope. The Girl and Her Cat are continuing their adventures in the north while I continue to work in my atelier.
I had intended to use my telescope for the lunar eclipse, so I got everything set up the night before. The forecast had also called for clear skies, so I thought I was all set. Then the not-so-proverbial clouds rolled in the next day. Nevertheless, we decided to spend the evening in the garden and hope for the best.
Time went by and then, very suddenly, my husband spotted the moon. I have been watching and photographing lunar eclipses for a while now, and this one was particularly dark. We could barely see it. Even a thin layer of cloud made it completely invisible. It came out just long enough for me to take this photo of totality, then it went into hiding behind the clouds again.
I almost gave up hope of seeing the exit which I find most interesting. However, just when the exit started, the clouds parted to reveal a crystal clear moon. During the entry and exit phases, Earth’s Ozone layer scatters red light. It also lets through some blue light which is otherwise filtered out by the atmosphere. The blue band along with Earth’s shadow cast over the moon are nothing short of awe-inspiring.
I am looking forward to spending a lot more time under the stars, browsing the sky with my telescope. I love the blend of curiosity and creativity they evoke in me.
I have been keeping a very short ( no more than 5-7 items) play-list to stay focused and fulfill my curiosity. I like calling it a play-list instead of a to-do list because I much prefer a playground over a classroom. This certainly was at the top of that list.
Getting acquainted with the new tools my husband got for me on a small piece before I start working on a large project. I couldn’t pass up a chance of taking a b&w photo before starting on the large project.
The large one is almost finished. I will share more of my process and something very special next week.
In the meantime The Girl and Her Cat have ventured further into the stories of the north. This blue book of paintings was inspired by my love of all things north, specially mythology and stories.
Please click on the image thumbnails to see the pictures and read about their wanderings –
I would have loved to hear the stories of ancient voyages the shepherd is telling them, but those stories are for their ears only.
Not only did my husband and I have a week of anxiety (it’s all fine now), but lately there is also nothing but grimness everywhere. I needed a break to curl in within my own world that only resides in my head. I do hope these posts give you some joy. I am looking forward to sharing more creative and curious adventures with you soon.
I look forward to seeing your photos and reading about them.
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Michelle June 27, 2022 at 11:15
Wow..these are amazing……
Michelle June 26, 2022 at 07:15
I’m so glad the eclipsed moon finally made an appearance for you. The photos are awe-inspiring. I love your artwork. You are so talented. And the idea of calling substituting “play-list” for to-do list is brilliant. I’m a firm believer that language programs our minds and emotions.
Nikki - Notes of Life June 20, 2022 at 14:23
It certainly looks like the block printing is going well.
The photos of the moon are wonderful. I have to say the 2nd one if my favourite. :)
Patrick Weseman June 19, 2022 at 12:03
Thanks for hosting this great party.
Amy Johnson June 18, 2022 at 05:24
Your capture of the Lunar moon is incredible. I can never stay awake long enough to see them so I have to live through other people’s photos of them. I love your “The Shepherd” drawing too!
Sharon Wagner June 16, 2022 at 07:04
You captured the strawberry in the moon! You also have a lot of creative irons in the fire. I’m working on two book covers this week, so I have some art projects in the works too.
Linda Calverley June 15, 2022 at 12:59
Well done on catching a shot f the moon, it looks great. Love the wolf painting.
Patricia in New Mexico June 14, 2022 at 07:42
Yes, your photos and words gave me joy this morning. I’m glad all is well in your part of the world.
Linda June 14, 2022 at 05:09
I enjoyed this peek at your talent again! Thank you for sharing this goodness with To Do Tuesday! :)
RachelSwirl June 11, 2022 at 12:46
You are so talented, your work is incredible. Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.
Sarah MumofThree Wood June 10, 2022 at 23:08
So glad you got to see the eclipse. Your photos are fabulous!
Juliet (craftygreenpoet) June 10, 2022 at 06:59
Lovely photos of the moon! It’s amazing to see a lunar eclipse.
Einari Sinappi June 8, 2022 at 21:15
Fantastic Moon shots! Are those planets I´m seeing? Stars that bright are seldom.
Peabea June 8, 2022 at 11:53
Love seeing your artwork and photography. How fun on the eclipse. Thank you for sharing.
Sam June 8, 2022 at 09:33
I like the moon phase so interesting x
handmade by amalia June 8, 2022 at 05:52
The moon photos are amazing.
John's Island June 7, 2022 at 16:25
Hi Soma, Your blog, your art, your creativity … they are all inspirations to me. I love the story of how you set up your telescope to get the photos of the moon. It was a divine intervention that cleared the clouds for those cool photos. :-) I need to get organized with something like your play-list … what an excellent idea. Thank you for your kind comment on my blog today! John
NatureFootstep June 7, 2022 at 15:52
wow, so much great things in your post. I really like how you started out the Block printing work. Such a great thing to work with. And I love the images you added to the girls story. :)
Very beautiful work. :)
Christina Morley June 7, 2022 at 11:35
I love it all! Thanks for linking on Amanda’s Books and More. Following on IG.
Divya June 6, 2022 at 21:13
Your work is always a joy to look at! :)
And the moon photography is superb, yeah!!
I managed a couple of phone shots. That’s it. It was a lovely sight but on a terribly windy day here. So we didn’t stay out too long.
If the latest edition of Wandering Camera is still on, I’ll play along. :)
Have a good week, Soma.
Lydia C. Lee June 6, 2022 at 14:01
The wolf is fabulous and I love the moon photo. Great work!!
Veronica Lee June 6, 2022 at 03:48
How awesome that you were able to get the lunar eclipse!
Incredible moon shots, Soma!
Angie June 5, 2022 at 20:57
Soma – stunning pictures of the eclipse. I like the idea of a “play list” rather than a “to-do list”. I have been trying to take things off my “to do list” so I can focus on my “play list”. I especially made this resolution while I was at the beach and things seemed clearer. I am doing reasonably well so far, but it has only been a week! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday; I will plan to link to Wandering Camera next week!
Connie Griffin June 5, 2022 at 19:41
So neat you were able to get the lunar eclipse, we weren’t able to get it here.
I like that you call it your play list instead of your to do list :). I have lists all over my house :)
You did a wonderful job with that block carving.
Great pictures once again, love the rainbow drawing, and the shepherd, very cool!
Hope you have a great week ahead!
Debbie June 5, 2022 at 14:25
your images of the eclipse are so much better than mine, i am sharing mine tomorrow. a play list is much more friendly than a to do list, i like your reasoning. the block carving is very ambitious but fun…your art, as always, gorgeous!!