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» Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Eclipse Photos
I thought I'd post a few of the eclipse photos. As I said, I didn't intend to take photos; I knew Caran Wilbanks would get some killer shots since she has experience at photography. What I wanted to film was the gradual darkening and the folks around me as it darkened, but the exposure meter on my camera had gotten jiggled. Luckily Caran had a solar filter and we jerryrigged it to my lens with painter's tape.

Caran posted a whole bunch of photos to her OneDrive, and also a movie of the sun going into and starting out of totality. The best thing about it, she thought, and I agree, is the voices of our friends in the background, talking about the event and whooping and hollering and clapping. She said this would be an audio memory of a very special day that she spent with her friends, the people she loves. We are "ohana." And of course I remembered this quote:

"And I realized, when you go through any endeavor, any journey, whether across town or to the moon and back, all that matters is that you share the experience with people you love. That's what makes life special. Because ultimately, that's all there is. That's really all there is.". . . . . Alan Bean

Waiting under the trees for the action to begin.
Caran Wilbanks (center, background, in white shirt) starting her photoshoot.
 That's James in the power chair, Bill Ritch in pink, Terry Handy in blue shirt.
Pat Lucyshyn in black shirt standing and Bill's friend Eric sitting left foreground.
Jake Skidmore is sitting way back left center.
Across the street you can see Helen buildings; when it got dark all the lights came on.
This was my first shot, about 2 p.m.

This photo is about 2:20 p.m.

We had a partial solar eclipse here in 1991 and the thing I remember most was standing near a tree next to the back parking deck at work and seeing the crescents of the eclipsing sun projected onto the ground, like using an old-fashioned pinhole camera to view the eclipse. I was especially looking for "the crescents."

One of the fun things from an eclipse is this:
crescents of sun projected onto the pavement.
The leaves act like a pinhole camera.

This is the sun just before totality.

 Sun at full totality. Around us it was the dark of twilight, crickets were chirping, and automatic lights had turned on.

"Here comes the sun, here comes the sun!" Sun emerging from totality.

Sun crescent, just after totality.

This is about where I stopped taking photos, post eclipse.

And for some reason, I couldn't stop singing this after the eclipse was over, for, truly, the world is just awesome!

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