This professionally taken photo can be attributed to Tim Durkan Photography. Like many millions of other people, I also took a lot of terrible and incoherent cell phone pictures of tonight's "blood moon." I won't upload said photos to this site out of respect for your time.
It was certainly enjoyable to camp out at Cal Anderson Park and watch this moon thing chill out in the sky, though! Traditionally, I have never really planned days around outdoor activities, and I've also made almost no efforts to tilt my head upwards and look at space things. The hype for this particular eclipse managed to hit a fever pitch that jolted me out of my comfortable state of ambivalence. While it's quite enjoyable to poke fun at the crazy people who have concluded that this event will serve as the catalyst for the downfall of humanity, I'll admit that it has a certain awe-inducing quality to it.
In my scramble to try to take the least-awful cell phone picture of the moon that I could, I triggered a moment of self-reflection over my own need to even attempt that. Why isn't it enough for me to just sit still and take in the majesty of this exceedingly rare event? There's something to be said about putting the phone down and actually engaging in the world around you for a while.