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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Solar Eclipse!

Our pack stopped everything to watch the partial solar eclipse this afternoon. As you know, it's not safe to look at the sun without eye protection. R was ready!
Shyla kept cheating, peaking out from the glasses with one eye.
My camera was ready too. I had a solar filter from back in 2012 when we saw the annular solar eclipse on K's last trip to the desert.

We saw the second half of the eclipse today. Here, the moon was taking a large bite out of the sun. You can see that there were sun spots - several of them - visible through our funky glasses and my special lens filter.
The sun was fairly high in the sky for when the eclipse was maximum but some clouds drifted across the sun at times.
The next one looks like a Halloween decoration! Spooky dark clouds gathered at the bottom of the sun. You can also see the shadow of the moon "rolling" to the left compared to previous photos.
As the eclipse was winding down, the sun was also setting. So, the sun took on a honey-like beautiful color and thin clouds added a touch of mystique.
As the sun dropped in the sky, the clouds over the Divide started changing colors.
At the very end of the eclipse, there were no clouds obscuring the sun, and the sun sat just barely above the Divide. You can see the tiny bit of shadow of the moon in the upper left of the sun.
Finally, about 3 minutes before the sun dropped below the mountains, the whole orb blazed again! The entire sequence of photos was over about an hour.
And patient Shyla sat glowing in the setting sun's light after the eclipse was over.
It was a fun and relaxing afternoon, seeing something that is so rare. In the next decade, there will be only three solar eclipses visible from anywhere near our perch in the mountains so I'm glad we took the time to sit out on K's rock (where the banner photo was taken) and watch this eclipse.


  1. Amazing pictures! Thanks so much for sharing them! Here in NY we had rain :(

  2. I agree, thanks for sharing. It was rainy and cloudy here all day today. You always have the most gorgeous images and I love the look on Shyla's face in that last picture.

  3. Thanks for sharing this experience - I'm adding my voice to the rained-on group! Pouring rain here since yesterday...if I'd looked at the sky today, I would have gotten smacked in the eye with a big fat raindrop.

  4. We didn't get to see this as it was raining all day here in Seattle.
    Thanks for sharing :)
    xo Cinnamon

  5. K's Rock, the perfect place to be for these super photos. And even the Duo were in on the act too. Your lens and filter certainly were so right for this. Jean.

  6. How cool is that?
    We had clouds and rain today so we did not get to see it.

  7. Gosh we were cloudy too and did not see it. How lucky you were!
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

  8. Great pictures! I forgot it was there, I'm afraid.

  9. You got a wonderful series. Glad you and the pups were prepared for the eclipse!

  10. Those eclipse pictures are so neat!!

  11. What fabulous photos, KB! You and Shyla are stylin' in your protective shades, R!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  12. Amazing! Thanks for sharing the experience with us!

  13. Really great photos. My mom is a rebel like Shyla, she couldn't help herself from looking at sun and then complain about how bright it was. BOL she's not to bright.

    Aroo to you,

  14. Fantastic!! We are happy to see it through your cool glasses
    Lily & Edward

  15. We watched the blood moon recently, but couldn't get any photos. And though it wasn't very red here--more of a brown tinge, it was fun watching it.

  16. Thanks for sharing. It was too cloudy around here to see it.

  17. They're so cute with their Eclipse shades ;)

    I should've known I could depend on you to have pictures that showed the sunspots. I was looking for some earlier today, to show my coworker! You got a lot of really great shots.

  18. Well done! Great shots! We're glad the Duo were taking precautions!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  19. Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing them. We missed it because of clouds. Thanks for stopping to visit our blog.
    Barb and the furkids


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