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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Red Moon Rising

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The start of a lunar eclipse could be seen over Coit Tower in San Francisco on Wednesday evening, but as the moon rose higher, the total eclipse - the Earth's shadow covering the moon completely from 7:01 to 7:51 p.m. - was obscured by clouds and fog. Ancient Greeks first observed the round shadow of the Earth crossing the moon's surface and deduced that the Earth itself must be round, not flat. The next total eclipse of the moon visible from California will occur on Dec. 21, 2010.

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Coit Tower is one of my most favorite SF landmarks to see at night. The tower is beautiful all by itself, but I'm sure with the eclipsed moon rising behind it, it was...heavenly.

I guess I was inside enjoying my macchiato at the time. Oh well. I'll try to be a better observer three years from now.

Chronicle photo by Frederic Larson.

12 comments:

studio wellspring February 21, 2008 at 2:51 PM  

but of course we would share a favorite sf nightime landmark. it's so romantic! and what a breath taking photo ~ truly breath taking!

Roberto Cruz February 21, 2008 at 2:55 PM  

Hello,
Sorry,i am no speak inglish, but i see the moon in shadows in buenos aires yesterday. Lugones said very thinghs of the ancient moon; i think is wonderful you see the moon in your country with love. I love the tango, and the moon too.

Hola,
Lamento no saber inglés, pero anoche ví un eclipse en Buenos Aires, y me pareció lindo pensar en Lugones; escribió mucho sobre la luna,que al parecer ves con cariño. Comparto ese cariño por la luna y también por el tango. Me gusta ver como a gente que vive tan lejos también le gusta.Un saludo!!

tangobaby February 21, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

Hola Roberto,

Gracias por visitar mi blog. Su Inglés es muy buena. No conozco ningún español en todo, así que estoy haciendo trampas y el uso de un traductor. Espero que lo que estoy escribiendo tiene sentido.

http://www.google.com/translate_t

Creo que es maravilloso que la gente de todo el mundo comparten un amor de cosas bellas, incluyendo la luna, y el tango.

Acabo de visitar tu blog y ver que usted es un muy talentoso ilustrador. Y tú, amor Satie y Debussy, dos de mis compositores favoritos.

Besos desde San Francisco a Buenos Aires.

tangobaby

tangobaby February 21, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

Ms. Wellspring,

It's so easy to love you!

xo

Elizabeth February 21, 2008 at 5:51 PM  

Gosh you guys, why,why weren't you here last night. We had the moon, tango, Miriam Larici. all we were lacking was tangobaby and studio wellspring!

tangobaby February 21, 2008 at 6:41 PM  

Elizabeth,

You are totally making me cry.

I *heart* Miriam. So beautiful, so talented. Have you seen her dance on my Nora's Tango Week Video link? Watch the numbers where she dances with Hugo and also Jorge Firpo. (And see if you can find me in the background.)

I hope you had a wonderful time. Actually, I am sure you did. How could you NOT?!!

xo,

Jealous in SF.

greg February 21, 2008 at 7:18 PM  

we tried watching the eclipse from my friend's place on Chestnut but the clouds killed it.

we ended up going to Melt on Columbus for a wonderful neighborhood-y night of fondue, trivia quizzes and wine, all in a wonderful setting. North Beach is really a wonderful place to hang out in.

tangobaby February 21, 2008 at 8:05 PM  

Hi Greg,

Well, I guess I'm glad we both had something good to eat in North Beach, even though we missed out on an important astronomical event. I have not been to Melt yet...and now I must go there! Melty cheese, trivia quizzes and wine sound even more fun than watching an eclipse, to be sure.

I love living near the N-Judah *smile* but every time I'm in North Beach, I wonder why I don't live there instead.

Johanna February 21, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

TB! You're just full of tricks. Nifty turn of a Spanish phrase, there. Even if CG...

Sweetie and I were downtown with high-rises blocking our view of the eclipse. Did catch the tail end of it with earth's shadow clipping off a piece at the top. We heart astronomy!

tangobaby February 22, 2008 at 9:15 AM  

Johanna,

What Spanish phrase? You are giving me more credit than I deserve.

I was doing a riff on Creedence.

But I'm glad you caught some of the event. No fog where you are, to be sure.

Johanna February 22, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

It doesn't matter, TB. I still think you're beautiful and gifted :-)

BandasPlatenses March 28, 2009 at 11:13 PM  

Desde que el Tango vio a la Luna, sus agonías se intensificaron, sus tristezas se hicieron llanto, al verla tan bella y lejana.

Cantó con fuerzas sus penas, y su luz le suplicaba, cada noche que ella, asomaba por esa ventana.

Y ella no escuchaba...

El Tango se puso celoso, de las estrellas que la rodeaban, pero ella lo ignoraba, por más fuerte que él cantara.

El Tango entonces enfureció sin razón aparente, y sus notas se hicieron aún más fuertes; pero el son del bandoneón delataba el sufrimiento, y el violín fue más intenso en su lamento: enamorado de la Luna, el Tango perdía su compás.

Y ella seguía sin escuchar...

Hasta que una noche decidido, el Tango puso el grito en el cielo, allá donde estaba ella; ella lo estaba oyendo.

Mientras con dulces melodías, el Tango la iba atrayendo, las estrellas furiosas, querían retenerla en el cielo.
Pero una desesperada nota de amor fue más fuerte, y rompió el cristal que los separaba, ahora están frente a frente, y el Tango le confiesa que la ama.

Ahora la Luna escucha melodías de amor sincero.

El Tango ya no llora, porque el amor le cayó del cielo.



Guillermo Paz