It is Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year and the start of winter. It is also one of those rare nights where there is an lunar eclipse. That sounded like a great photo op to combine the two. It would be perfect to be out someplace in west Texas and stay up all night to photograph it over some desert mountains.
Sadly that was not an option for me as it was a work night and staying up late on a work night (make that any night) is a no go for me. So I did the next best thing. I went out to photograph the moon before the eclipse started and put some trees that still had fall color-yes fall color the week of Christmas-in the image.
So here is the full moon on the longest night of the year.
Welcome to winter.