The shadow of the moon crept in on the vast valley.
The shadow of the moon _____ the vast valley.
Is there a verb for saying that? I am thinking "projected its shadow onto", but it's a mouthful. The first one is ok, but it's kinda metaphorical, so I want a verb that actually says it non-metaphorically. Also, I am wondering if there's a verb that says the same thing, but without the idea that it's a gradual thing. For example, crept seems to signify that it's gradually projecting its shadows onto the vast valley.