Eclipse 8-21-2017

There was heavy cloud cover over the mid-day sun 8-21-2017 . I was disappointed that we may not get to see the eclipse. In the breaks in the clouds, using our handy-dandy eclipse glasses we could see the moon moving in the path of the sun.
We figured that we wouldn’t get to even see a smidge of the full eclipse… we were wrong. At the moments of the total eclipse, the clouds thinned and we could see the shiny ring of the sun hidden behind the moon.
It was a beautiful sight. I’m so thankful that my husband and I got to share the event. My husband took a few photos and they turned out pretty good. As it turns out, the clouds helped us enjoy the view better and I think helped our camera get blurry yet pretty good pictures without burning it’s internal workings to goo.

It’s interesting what happened in the span of that couple of minutes of full eclipse.
A comfortable quiet fell on our area as the world became twilight. The temperature dropped to a degree of most-pleasant. A flock of buzzards crossed the sky flying to their roost. The hummingbirds disappeared into the woods leaving their feeders abandoned. A big beautiful bright star glowed in the western sky. Next to the fiery ring of the eclipse, smaller stars came out but were barely visable through the veil of clouds.
After a magical couple of minutes, the sunrays burst forth from the right side of the moon. Within seconds the world was back to an odd feeling normal. Curiously, the clouds burned off quickly.

We realize another full eclipse will happen again in a few years, but not in our path… unless we move or travel to see it. So being in the right spot at the right time, without planning it, makes this one is especially special to us. We feel blessed to have shared this event together. It was awesome!

Wishing you all an awesome week!



2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – Edge

2016 WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week, let’s keep our angles sharp and heart rate fast.


This is a crop from a photo showing the Sun at the edge of a passing storm.

Don’t mind the bugs and the dirt, I took this photo with a mobile phone held up to our car’s front windshield. It was such an amazing showy sky that I couldn’t resist.

I thought I’d also post another crop from the original that shows some amazing clouds above the edge of the storm.9-14-2016-2

Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!



IMG_3416Here’s a sundog that looks a bit sun-angelic to me.
IMG_3414We’ve been having quite a few sundogs here lately.
This one showed up so well in my photo from the
evening of Father’s Day that I decided to share it.

IMG_3472A half hour later the sundog looked somewhat like a rainbow sun-arrow.

It’s fun spotting atmosphere phenomenon and it’s a happy bonus when I have my camera available to ‘try’ and capture it to share with you.

Here’s wishing you all a great weekend.