The Sedona Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse
The featured image is from a previous Blood Moon. It was shot using a full-frame Cannon 5D Mark III. This is the same camera Rick uses to shoot my listing photos. The quality of this photo is outstanding.
The image below was taken at 4:15 in the morning of November 8th, 2022, with an iPhone 11 Pro Max. The phone was hand-held. I was amazed at the quality of an iPhone image. It is very clear.
November 8th, 2022 - Blood Moon in Sedona
Rick showed me this image yesterday and pointed out Orion and Pleiades. It immediately reminded me of our dark sky and was a big reason why we moved to Sedona. Before we had a cell phone with a built-in flashlight, we would sometimes walk to our car in a neighborhood and could not see 3 feet in front of us!
Here is a diagram of Orion.
Sedona is an International Dark Sky Community
2014 - Sedona was Designated the "8th Dark Sky" Community
One of the main reasons Rick got Red Rocks Fever was the night sky. You could see the Milky Way at night, along with shooting stars. Sedona reminded him of being a kid again when there was little light pollution and you could see stars. Once there was the suburban sprawl, light pollution entered the picture.
Sedona has taken great strides to suppress light pollution and preserve the dark sky. An actual city ordinance covers what residents and the business community can do with lighting. In 2014, Sedona was designated as the eighth International Dark Sky community.
The image above was shot from my backyard during a full moon. The moonlight shows the cool light reflection off the moon's surface. Even during a full moon, you can see the stars.
Why Am I Grateful For Dark Skies?
Back in 2000, I brought Rick to the Enchantment Resort for his birthday. We had a casita with a large balcony. That first night we walked outside, and our jaws dropped. We couldn't believe how bright the stars and Milky Way were. It was right then and there that Rick said to me, find a REALTOR!
Now I am pretty sure we still would have come to the same conclusion had we had a cloudy night. I know that finding a property in Sedona started with seeing those thousands upon thousands of stars in the starry night sky at the Enchantment Resort on a pre-spring night in 2000.
This is my second entry into the November 2022 Gratitude Challenge.
Hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS