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Just a thought... In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. [Aristotle]

Well, it's done. The great solar eclipse of 2017 is in the record books and I think one of the most memorable images is that of Donald Trump squinting up into the sun. I guess Fox and Friends didn't warn him that it might not be a great idea. Now, there was another picture later of him donning (pardon the pun) the mandatory eclipse viewing glasses. But jeez! As always, how to set an example.
Did you try the binocular trick I shared with you yesterday? If you did (conditions permitting) I bet you were pleased. We sure were! Here's how the apparatus looked once we'd set it up. (Rob affixed the binoculars to a tripod with elastics. Such a smart boy!) You could even see the eclipse reflected off the white melamine cupboard door he used as a "screen" in the glass railing. So there were several views of nature's wonder. We sat with a coffee and took it all in.

eclipse viewing equipment

I shot photos of our board every 15 minutes and we put some of them together in kind of a time-lapse thing. All in all, here in Canada's city with highest level totality (90%) we noticed over the hour or so of the eclipse activity that the darkness made it seem like we had sunglasses on and that was basically the extent of it. But by the time of peak totality, it did cool off by what felt like 1-2 celcius degrees. 

Eclipse from Vancouver Island 

So there we have it. I'm sure, to many people, this was a big "nothing burger," but what I found most interesting about it, besides witnessing it for ourselves, was that for a moment so many of us - no matter what our beliefs or leanings - were all enthralled by the same thing at the same time. "Look deep into nature," said Albert Einstein, "and then you will understand everything better." How true that is! And you can only imagine what our ancestors who witnessed this, without knowing what on earth - or in the sky - was going on, must have been thinking! The end of the world as we know it, as the song goes.
Thanks for sharing the experience with us. Rob and I enjoyed setting up and shooting our little science experiment for you. 
Just imagine if there were still eclipse glasses available today...what a sale, what a sale! Have a great day and thanks for coming by. Tomorrow: a berry gratifying hike.
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Just a Thought...

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