We got out around 6:30 am and the eclipse had already begun.
The scene was truly magical. They sky was a deep blue, the snowy ground sparkled under the moonlight and the stars twinked. The clear cold air and cold blue sky gave an almost arctic feel to the event. It all felt very fresh and clear.
Here are our pictures of the event, taken from the top of the garden. They can never do justice to the atmosphere and to how the scene looked (it all looks so much darker in the photos) but they are a nice reminder for us.
This first one shows just how small the moon looked from there - it's the wee speck in the middle of the picture.
Now we're following the eclipse as it engulfs the moon.
By now, the sky is lightening to a paler blue as dawn hovers and the moon is fading into a gently dim pink as it is eclipsed. With the snow shining out and the moon descending behind the snow covered mountains it really looked otherworldy.
It was fantastic to watch the eclipse, to be in that atmosphere, of clearness and peace, then to feel the shift to early morning light and winter solstice sunrise.
I'm delighted to have been able to experience it .. and to be able to have a wee nap afterwards (well it was quite an early morning!)
Solstice greetings everyone and a warm welcome to the lengthening days of new beginnings.