an artists' view

an artists' view

Monday, 20 December 2010


Tonight I've lit some candles in the garden. This one has icey-frost on the glass, which gives it a look of crackled glass.
I woke up this morning at 2am, and peeped out of the window to see what the weather was up to. It was a freezing fog outside, illuminated by the streetlight. Everything was covered with a glittering white frost; a very thick frost.
It was very still, and silent. The darkness, the silence, the white filigree of frozen tree branches made the scene extremely eerie. I felt as though it was forever winter, but never Xmas, just like in 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe'.
And here comes the Winter Solstice.
With it is a Lunar Eclipse.
The Moon will be completely in the shadow of the Earth, and we here in the UK will be able to see it between 6.33a.m. and 7.41a.m. tomorrow morning. The Moon may be coloured, a copper colour, or brown-ish.
The last time there was a lunar eclipse on the Winter Solstice was in 1638.
The next one will be in 2094 (presumably visible from the UK?).
I shall get up early and go see what there is to see. Hope the sky is clear enough. We've been having very clear mornings and evenings, with this bitter cold weather. I'm hopeful!

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