Friday, August 25, 2017

Total Eclipse

It was here. August 21, 2017. The day of the total solar eclipse.

My son had ordered the special glasses to be able to look at the sun without frying our eyes. I had called my sister-in-law to invite her to go with us to the viewing. We agreed to meet for an early lunch before the big event.

My son and I had scouted for the ideal place to see the eclipse. We agreed that the rural cemetery that is the final resting place of family members would be perfect.

Around the edge of the cemetery there are no trees. We would have an unobstructed view. It is located in the middle of cornfields. Few people even know it is there.

We decided on the best spot before we drove home.

So I woke up bright and early. To an overcast sky. Oh no. After having little to no rain all summer we have been having quite a bit lately. The plants need it but not this day. Please.

I watched the weather on television. The forecast was for intermittent rain and mostly cloudy skies. Noooooo.

The weathercaster did say that the best chance for the skies to clear enough to view the eclipse was in our area. Dare we hope?

My son and I gathered our things together making certain that we had those special glasses and his camera. We were going to take a chance. Off we went to have our early lunch.

As we drove toward town the clouds did seem to clear a bit. Hope flourished.

My sister-in-law had just arrived so we sat and ordered. It was a nice lunch which we ate quickly. Then on to the cemetery.

We were a little early so we set about grooming the graves a bit. A quick touch up with the weed-eater, dig up a couple of thistles, and clear off the headstones.

We opened the package and each took a pair of special eclipse-viewing glasses and put them on. Then we realised that they were too dark to be able to see normally. We took them off and found our spots to watch the eclipse. Then we put them back on.

I chose a nice bench near the edge of the cemetery. There was a tree behind me but it would not be in the way.

I looked up and found the sun. The eclipse had begun.

At first there was a small edge of the sun that darkened just a bit. Then I could see the moon moving farther into the path of the sun. As it moved across the sun the moon looked totally black.

The temperature dropped a few degrees. It was not cold but a difference was felt. The wind increased significantly. Whether the eclipse was the reason or not I have no idea. But it was windy during the eclipse.

The sun looked like a wedge of melon and then a banana. As the moon moved to the southeast the yellow of the sun with the orange edges moved from the side of the sun to the top.

Then there was a thin thin eyelash shaped yellow with orange edges on top of the sun.

We were not in the line of complete totality. We only had about 97 % eclipse here. But it was so close that I am more than satisfied. As the moon began to leave the front of the sun a large fluffy cloud moved across the whole thing.

We did not see the end of the eclipse. The cloud covered the rest of the time.

My sister-in-law went home. My son needed to go to the pharmacy so we went on to the town where it is.

As we drove that way we saw a nasty black cloud in that direction. It covered the sky as far as the eye could see and was moving quickly toward us.

By the time we got to the store the sky was dark above us. We rushed inside.

We were only there for a few minutes. When we went back outside it was beginning to rain. By the time we got in the car it was raining pretty hard.

We stopped at a nearby drive thru to grab something to drink because my mouth was dry. My window was open long enough to pay for and collect the drinks. I was soaked clear through on that side.

By the time we reached home the rain had stopped temporarily. I was glad to be in my house.

My son did get a couple of pictures of the eclipse. They turned out well.

I am grateful that we were able to see the most important parts of the eclipse. Were you able to see it?


  1. We had a little less, but it was nice. Especially the crescent shadows through leaves.

    1. It was good to take a break from all the troubles we read about.

  2. I enjoyed it with my great nephew. It was his first. It's a remarkable experience.

  3. We were also in the 97% area here in north Georgia. Interesting and a little weird, but nothing approaching true "totality" two hour's drive to the north (we didn't want to deal with the traffic), although you would never have known it from the way the guys on Atlanta's main radio station were carrying on. We can do it again in 2024 in Carbondale, Illinois -- or not. I guess I was a bit underwhelmed.

    1. I am not sure that people in my area treated it like the event I thought it to be. Of course a large portion of them had to work.

  4. That sounds very fantastic.
    I should have found a rabbit hole that connected you and me, then I could also witness this rare moment.

    1. We will get in touch with Alice next time there is an eclipse. She will fix it up for us.

  5. We didn't order the special glasses, so we were forced to view the old fashioned way, with a cereal box reconstructed to reflect the sun. It wasn't too effective!!!

    1. Many moons ago when I was in school we did the same with shoe boxes. I was not thrilled with the result either.

  6. The clouds hid the sun but it did get darker and a little cooler.
    A faded strange looking light filled the backyard. The birds were quiet for a while.

  7. hahahahahahhaa.....
    oh Emma thank God you were able to see 97% of eclipse other wise i doubt you wil fly above to beat the cloud lol.

    very interesting story of fun day .Eclipse gathered you all in cemetery and i wish i could see the cornfields through your camera.
    eating outing the rain ,it is funny too :)