There was a lunar eclipse, 21 December, the solstice. A congenial place to view this was the balcony of the Town Hall Hotel, Darling Street, Balmain, with a tapas plate and high hops beer. It was easy to keep track of the time for moonrise on the clock of the Italianate tower of the post office opposite. The moon rose on schedule over Sydney on a slightly cool and unforgettable evening. Also just visible in the corner of the large version of the photo (taken on a camera phone) is the Sydney Harbour Bridge.