I'm just going to say it -
If you EVER have a chance to
during an eclipse?
I'm so glad the oldest informed us months ago where we'd be on 8-21-17.
We got there early and found a little spot in a cemetery
[where there would be few street lights]
and enjoyed a little tail-gating away from the crowds in town
It was so great to be all together to share this experience!
We were too busy EXPERIENCING it to get a lot of photos -
And while we're 'hamming' it up a bit here, it really was just
so beautiful to see the moon cover the sun bit by bit -
It was kind of amazing that there was still SO MUCH LIGHT at 98 - 99% percent
But as it became more and more dark the roosters started crowing, the cicadas sang their night-time songs, and the birds flew quickly to their trees
while we heard dogs barking in the distance.
And to be able to take our glasses off during totality and see the ring?!
It was just an awesome experience!
I didn't take my 'big' camera
[in my defense there was A LOT going on during this time of my life - just getting back from the Islands, headed to work out of town for a week that night, etc.] so all I had was my cell phone - and hey - it did okay.
Still, but I found a few videos** on Youtube from the same area we were in -
LOVE this one and how it shows the plane going across [that is in my photos] and also how you can see the stars to the left of the sun - just incredible -
And this one shows the darkness at street level - while we were not with this group - our little crowd up in the cemetery had much the same reaction -
I think we were all just in awe.
Craig has a cool 360* photo that shows dawn all the way around - so weird - and wonderful at the same time. If I can figure out a way to share it I will.
SO, I'm telling you -
make plans for 2024
[that sounds so crazy, doesn't it?] It's only SEVEN years from now -
and I'm thinking we'll be in totality once again -