January 2018's "Super Blue Blood" lunar eclipse fades into the rising dawn beyond Baboquavari Peak, in southern Arizona. The peak is sacred to the Tohono O’odham people of the Sonoran Desert. This rare event took place during a Super Moon, Blue Moon, and a Blood Moon.
A Tohono O’odham moon story from long ago. One night when the world was still new, Coyote stole a pouch of grain from old woman. As the village chief gave chase, Coyote took flight and spilled the sparkling grains across the night sky. Finally catching the thief, the powerful chief flung Coyote all the way to the moon. Nowadays desert coyotes look up at the moon and, seeing their brother, call out to him at night.
A winter moon sets behind Baboquivari Peak at dawn. The sacred mountain is the center of the Tohono O'odham creation story, and the home of the creator, Iitoi.
A pair of sculpted metal warriors, by native artist Jay Polite Laber, greets visitors at each of the four entrances to the western Montana reservation. The sculptures also serve as testaments to the 1964 flood that wrecked havoc across much of the Blackfeet Nation.
Behind the lens.
I made this image in the middle of the night while waiting for the full moon to set at sunrise. I placed the moon at the first warrior's eyes, waited for a passing car to provide the red taillight stripes, and light-painted the sculptures with my flashlight. The never-ending wind blurred the flags over the 30-second exposure.