full cold moon, earth shadowed,
sinking red at sunrise over
a snowy cornfield
Driving to town a little after 7 this morning, I glimpse the full Moon hovering just above the bare black branches, huge, turning from gold to red. But instead of a complete circle, the top of the orb is shaded. At first I think it might be a thin cloud cover obscuring the upper portion, but then I remember that a total lunar eclipse is due today (10 December 2011) when the Earth passes between the Sun and the Moon. What I'm seeing is the shadow of the Earth inching across the face of the Moon as it sinks toward the horizon while the Sun is rising, beautiful and eerie.