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Aug 22, 2017

solar eclipse 2017

white chairs

It was a magical day! I wasn't sure where would be the best spot to view the solar eclipse, so I hopped on my bicycle and rode into town. I live in a small town and I am amazed each day by this community. When I arrived at the grassy area that overlooks Saratoga passage, I saw that the town council had set up a long line of chairs for viewers. I parked my bicycle on the lawn and sat down next to a mother and her baby. She remarked what a treat to find all these chairs. And I said, "I feel like I'm at a wedding with all these white chairs. Oh hey, the sun and the moon are getting married!"

solar eclipse inside the cereal box

me and my cereal box viewer, my bicycle too

Within 10 minutes, more and more people arrived. None of us knew each other, but we all became aquatinted quite quickly. I didn't have solar glasses but I had made a cereal box pinhole viewer per. instructions from NASA. It was a kick to see this work! The mother and her friend both had solar glasses and shared them with me and five other people.  So I got to view the solar eclipse that way too.

fog over Saratoga Passage and the marina

The passage was foggy but the sky cleared up at some point.

cascade avenue overlooking marina and Saratoga passage
Once the total solar eclipse occurred, I was starting to get cold.  I also wanted to get some shadow effects shots so I left on my bicycle to head out to the forest.

solar eclipse shadows outside the library

On the way out of town, passing the library, I saw these solar eclipse shadows.  When I arrived at the forest trails, there weren't any solar shadows to find.  I sat down on a log and wrote some notes.  The lighting was quite beautiful.

sitting on a log and writing notes

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1 comment:

Sheila said...

Thanks for sharing Juana, looks like you had an awesome day :) Love the photo of the fog :) And the shadows :)

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