Don’t go to bed yet-please read this quick post first!
I was hoping to get it up earlier, but you know how that goes.
Hopefully you peeps on the East Coast haven’t called it a night yet…
Here’s the deal; set your alarm for 3:oo am (EST) this morning if you’d like to witness the “Blood Moon” that’s going to occur.
They say North America will have a front row seat so time your alarms accordingly.
“The phenomenon in which the moon is completely covered by the earth’s umbral shadow for four eclipses in a row, as opposed to only partial eclipses that fall in the outer penumbra. But rather than succumbing to complete darkness, the moon will glow red as it receives the refracted light that spills over the Earth’s circumference.” (NBC news)
I do believe I witnessed a “Blood Moon” a couple of years ago in Sun Valley, where one can view celestial shenanigans like nobody’s business. The night skies of Idaho are a stargazer’s dream.
Actually, Santa Barbara is not too shabby in that department either, especially here in Montecito where there are no street lights and night landscape lighting is frowned upon.
(or a “Tetrad” as those of us in the ‘lunar know’ , er, know)
This is the one I saw in Sun Valley. Not a great shot as I took it with my very old iPhone but you get the idea. It was so cool! I kept trying to get everyone to come out and look at it, but no one was biting. I think there was a good movie on or perhaps a heated ping-pong game.
Plus I had to run back in before I got eaten by a bear.
Speaking of eating…(how’s that for a segue?) it’s also Blood Orange Season.
Our trees are producing abundantly this year so we’ve been getting pretty creative with these babies.
Fresh Blood Orange juice by itself, though gorgeous to look at, is much too tart for my liking.
It’s better mixed with regular orange juice or another fruit juice that will give it some natural sweetness. Or vodka.
Tequila in a pinch.
I’ve also been squeezing the juice of just one or two blood oranges into my carafe of water every day. It makes me feel like I’m at a spa. I add a splash of Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic Water-it’s delicious and makes the water swirl like antique glass.
I think I mentioned slicing and drying the blood oranges in the dehydrater relatively recently…or was that on Instagram? Do you follow me on Instagram?? It’s fun!
They’re quite good and no doubt super good for you, but now we’ve discovered that they’re even waaaay better with the rinds cut off. Just little sweet & sour explosions of chewy flavour.
Eat your heart out Dale Chihuly!!
Glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly
Don’t look at my manicure
Tomorrow night we are trying this recipe- I’ll let you know!
And this link will take you to many other fun ideas;
Bubbly Ginger Blood Orange Smoothie (recipe below)
Happy Lunar gazing
Post Script; later on tonight…
It was very cool indeed!