A Total Eclipse Family Event – 8/21/17

My wife and I (and Sandy Paws, the dog,) journeyed about 750 miles (1200 km) from New Jersey to see and photograph the Total Solar Eclipse last week, meeting up with most of our immediate family for an unforgettable, awesome event which none of us, including the youngest, will ever forget.

Through a very dense solar filter, these first two images show the moon in silhouette, moving slowly from upper right to lower left across the sun. Click on to see the sunspots near the center, and lower left limb.

Totality descended rapidly in the final seconds… exposing this unreal, and unforgetable sight, joined by gasps and “Oh my God, it’s beautiful (s)..” Fontana Village is a resort in western North Carolina, today within the “path of totality,” a ~70 mile (113 km) shadow area – this time moving west to east across the United States. Above,  the sun’s outer corona is captured.
Above: Totally eclipsed over two minutes, the sun just ….reappears. This shorter exposure shows the inner corona and solar flares (reddish bursts to the right and lower right of the sun,) often referred to as the ‘Diamond Ring effect.”
As the moon continues along, gradually exposing more of the sun… the strong filters and solar glasses are again required, as the landscape moves from deep twilight to full daylight in a little over an hour.
Besides finding it hard to concentrate on the quickly changing demands of eclipse photography, the totality is unlike anything you could ever experience. Spontaneous applause and cheers welled up from the field in a unified expression of being witness to something extraordinary.

Accompanied in the field by our children, their children; my brother and sister-in-law, and Sandy Paws, we appreiciated such a beautiful day for an exceptional event just south of the Great Smoky Mountains.
As usual, click on the images for a closer look, and thanks for viewing. Comments are always welcome. M πŸ™‚

PAIRS: Gulls, Planes and the Sea of Tranquility

This post contains three photos. Click on any… for a closer look.

I felt that tugging feeling…. that another post was due. So I “captured” these images a little before sunset tonight,Β Monday, April 27th 2015.

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The plane was about 12,000 feet (3600m) probably heading to Kennedy Airport, NY. The moon was about 240,000 miles (386,000 km.) with the Sea of Tranquility being the darker plain in the center.
Gull landing on neighbors house
Gull landing on a neighbor’s house
Gull heading west with American Flad in foreground
Sea Gull heading west with the American Flag in foreground

πŸ™‚ This is my 101st post. πŸ™‚

Thanks for viewing and for your support. As usual comments are always welcome. M πŸ™‚