Lunar Eclipse, Dec. 20-21 2010

Lunar eclipses are wonderful. No special glasses needed, just wonder. We had a cloud cover last night–odd how that creeps up when you don’t want it–but you could still see the moon glow getting dimmer. We didn’t have that spectacular orange glow, but it still happened. Of course, this morning, there were just cloud shreds left.

Journal page for Dec. 20, 2010. Paper, Sheer Heaven film, watercolor paint.

And now, the shortest night of the year is over. Slowly, the sun begins to move North again. It’s still cold, and we won’t notice the days getting longer till February, when we pick up 3 minutes a day of sunlight, but the dark has been weathered, and the sun will come back.

Quinn McDonald is an artist and naturalist.