Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse

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The first shot of the Super Blue Blood Moon, taken at 5am this morning, standing at the Sundial Bridge, Redding (CA.)

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At 6am the first signs of the eclipse was visible to the eye.

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Just before 7am, a little higher up, at The Bluffs, Redding (CA.)

Do you know why this beautiful moon is called a blue moon? I didn’t know, so I had to read about it. It’s because it’s the second full moon in the same month (January.) It’s more logical to understand why it’s called a blood moon, it was really red this morning. Even more than my photos shows. Night photography have never been my strength, I haven’t done much of it, but this was a special occasion. The experience made it worth getting out early. What did the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse look like where you live? Did you get to see it?

I hope you enjoyed the view from up here in northern California ❤ May the rest of your day be as beautiful as this morning.

 

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Part of the weekly photo challenge; Variations on a theme.

Road Trip To The Lost Coast

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This morning I finally finished editing the last photos from my Birthday Road Trip to the Lost Coast, last month!

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Seeing these signs always freaks me out a little bit. I guess that’s the point, sort of, to be aware of where you are, and the potential danger. I could never live in an area that is a tsunami hazard zone. Visiting them briefly, and enjoying the magnificent scenery is more than sufficient to me.

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I don’t mention it so often, but if you’re interested in prints of a photo that you see here on the blog, click on the photo and you’ll see available prints. (With the exception of family photos and iPhone snapshots, they are not for sale, they don’t have a link..) I use Fine Art America for printing/packaging/shipping, and you can safely use the shopping cart that you’ll see after choosing your print. They even have a money back guarantee. (I’m very happy with their service, could be good to know if you’re a photographer thinking about selling your prints. I’ve used them for a few years, and only had one return so far. They fixed it quickly and the customer remained happy.)

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Mornings are my favorite time of the day. I took this photo during a hike, on the morning of my birthday. It was a great start of my day.

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The Rock; huge rock outside Ferndale (CA.) The legend says that a Portuguese man lived in a cave inside the rock for several years, and that a local widow later joined him there, causing a huge scandal. You can only enter the cave from the ocean side. Very few people have actually been to the cave, but the locals claims that it exists.

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Another shot from my birthday, with the rock (that has a cave inside,) in the background.

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This is the very last photo from my Birthday Road Trip. This post is my entry to this week’s photo challenge Variations on a ThemeI hope you enjoyed the early morning hike, and the trip. Don’t you just love driving a sports car along the coast of California? I love when the wind catches my hair, and the cool (almost cold..it is winter..) feeling in my face, as I devour the salty scents of the ocean. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Love,

Ms Zen

If We Were Having Coffee Together

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If we were having coffee together right now, at 6 am, my hair would be wet. I just came back from a long walk with my German Shepherd Gretchen. Every morning I take her for a long walk, (and after she’s done her business) I walk her through the obedience/personal protection exercises my trainer patiently teaches us. I take great pride in my dog. She is family, life insurance, and my best friend. I expect a lot of her, and put a lot into her. My hair is wet because it’s raining today. At least this morning, it’s suppose to clear up later.

If were having the coffee at my house, I would with a half laughter say I hope you like your coffee strong. It’s very likely that you think it’s too strong. I’d be happy to make some new coffee the way you like it. Please remind me, how do you like it?

I would offer you one of my spelt/flaxseed ciabattas, with cheese, that I made last night. I’m usually starving after my morning walk. Since you are a close friend of mine, someone I trust, (otherwise you wouldn’t be in my house,) we would be comfortable sharing a moment of silence in between taking bites of our sandwiches.

I would ask you questions (without being nosy) about your week, and listen carefully to your answers. Would you tell me about your latest project? I love listening to almost anything that someone is really passionate about.

If you’d rather listen I would tell you about my week. I would tell you about the books I’ve read. I would tell you about the conversations I’ve had with my daughter about the importance of keeping an open mind, and learning new things. I would tell you about getting my truck back from the mechanic a couple days ago. Almost certainly I would passionately tell you about my time with my new horse Ghost. He is a very sweet horse, inexperienced, and cautious around some things, but definitely tuned in to try almost everything. I’m doing my very best to gain his complete confidence. I think breaking a horse is an ugly term. When people ask me about how many horses I’ve broke, I always tell them that I pray that I haven’t broken a single one.

Ghost is doing great, (compared to no-one but himself.) He didn’t have much handling when I got him three weeks ago (tomorrow.) He leads on a loose rope, follows me through obstacles, over obstacles, I can touch him all over his body (and inside his mouth,) he lifts all his hooves for a few seconds (we’re adding a second or two every day. It’s a process. Without his hooves a horse can’t escape a predator. Horses are prey animals, so this is a big thing for an un-handled horse.) We’re working on getting comfortable around ropes, something he is very uncomfortable around. You see, my horse, is a topic I could talk to you about all day. If you seem to be interested I would tell you more about my approach to training, and how I’m trying to help Ghost become brave around anything he might encounter in his daily life. I would tell you about how happy it makes me that he is able to relax in my company. How well he responds, and the level of focus he is able to have.

I just found out two days ago, that he is a year older than I thought. He will be four next month. That is a very good thing. I would take it much slower with a three year old, than a four year old. Ghost is already showing me that he wants to work, he wants to do things. Being four, his body and brain, is more mature, and ready. I want to do everything I can to set him up for success. I really believe in him. I see him as a part of my family, for the rest of his life. I truly hope that I am going to be able to give him that. I did get an offer on him yesterday. Not that I would ever consider selling him. The person who inquired about him bought a horse that I trained several years ago, and he is coming up in age, and he is starting to look for an addition to his horse family. He loves that horse so much. It makes me very happy to see. I visited them yesterday. It warms my heart to see such a good match, knowing that I was a small part of it. If you asked, I would give you all the details. Otherwise I would ..

.. ask you a question. If you have a horse, a dog, or any other animal, it would likely be about them. How is….he doing? And how is the kids? Depending on your kids age, I would probably inquire about their school. As a teacher, education always interests me. I would probably ask several questions about that. My own daughter left yesterday, to spend a few days with her dad. It’s always difficult to see her go, but I am so happy for her that she can spend time with her dad. This past few months she’s been blessed with more time with her dad than in her whole life prior to now. It makes me incredibly happy. It’s difficult to explain. Her dad is a Marine. Retired now, but he is not exactly living a regular life. That he makes time for her makes me happy. She adores him, and despite that her dad and I don’t share the same values (the reason why we’re not together,) she will never hear me say anything negative about him. I’d love for them to have a good relationship. I didn’t see my dad much, it makes me happy that she gets to see hers. I’m doing everything in my power to make their relationship smooth. I do miss her tremendously when she’s there..like today.

I really enjoyed having coffee with you. If you’re not in a hurry I would offer you some fresh fruit before we say goodbye. This post is part of  #WeekendCoffeeShare. I hope you’ll join me for coffee again, sooner than later 🙂

Love,

Ms Zen

PS. If you would like to see snapshots from my everyday life, I suggest following me on Instagram. There’s plenty of pictures of the things Ghost and I do together, and short funny episodes from our life. Naturally my German Shepherd often hogs the pictures as well.