The Hooded Crow and the Moon in Blue

As we walk down a sloping meadow we see a Hooded Crow. It’s one of my favourite birds. They are full of character. It’s perched high in a tree on a dead branch. The light is harsh and difficult to photograph in because of the extreme contrast and deep shadows. Human eyes are so much better at seeing details in high contrast than cameras.

Then we spot the moon. I think it would be fun to get the moon directly behind the bird, so I manoeuvre so both are in a line. A partial Hooded Crow eclipse of the Moon.

Hooded Crow - Caffarella - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I look down at my camera a to check the exposure to make sure I get enough detail in the shadows and to see what the depth of focus looks like. I’m going to try to get the moon more in focus than it currently is. I look up again and the bird has gone.

Like all eclipses, it’s a temporary natural wonder and you have to enjoy it while it lasts.

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