Great Solar Eclipse of 2017


2017 Solar Eclipse

Just as the sun slowly set and then rose again behind the new moon, we are still basking in the afterglow of yesterday’s solar eclipse. Or is it the after-dark? By we, I mean both individually and collectively, the individual participants and the community as a whole. It was our moment in the sun, sort of speak.

As you can see, I’ve been busy at processing photos. Above, I’ve constructed my version of the iconic collage that distills the eclipse into one picture. Below, I’ve further refined a GoPro time-lapse of a 1000+ shots, into just one photograph. In the foreground and in the dark are the five of us. Left-to-right are Dan, Mary, Bill, myself and Anne. Behind us you can see, but really it is all around us, the 360º glow of a surrounding sunrise/sunset. We’re on a fleeting island of darkness that is transiting quickly to the east and soon will all be voted off of it. Finally, shown is the real reason that the colander was at hand. It wasn’t there to save me from alien mind control rays. Although, it functioned well at that. It also served nicely as a pretty sweet pinhole camera array.

After the eclipse was all over, we bade farewell to Dan and Mary and charged the gathered throng that was already ensconced on the highway. Remember the collective aspect of the eclipse? It was stop-and-go all the way back to the Lou. We treated Bill to Ted Drew’s and then took him to South Grand for dinner. We ate at a new to us Thai place, that was only so-so. This morning, we sent him packing by way of Uncle Bill’s Pancake House. It was good having him visit us and it was great sharing the eclipse experience with people that we know. 

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