Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eclipse 2017

Wow is all I can say, this is my first time seeing a total Eclipse and I will have to say it was quite an amazing experience.  I heard talk that before hand that it can be quite emotional and I didn't quite understand what they meant by that, but after seeing it, I understand.  It is an experience like no other. Yes I will admit tears did come to my eyes, God is just Awesome in all his creation!!

Since we didn't have any filters for our camera's to catch the whole eclipse the only pictures I could take was while we were in Total Eclipse, so I will also share the day :)

By the time we got there, which was really surprising to use it only took about 15 minutes longer than it should, we both had to use the Toilet, so off we went searching, now can I just say that it was HOT!!! 80's when we got there but the humidity was so thick that it was like soup out there. It reached into the 90's. We were drenched by the time we found them.  We headed back to our car to get our chairs, camera, cooler to have lunch before the eclipse. We headed for any tree that had shade, well everyone had already taken all the mowed areas so we were in the almost knee high grass, but I didn't care as long as we were in shade.

Look what I saw fluttering around.

Here he opened his wings wide for me

We were very nervous because there were some clouds that started rolling in after the eclipse had started, I took this picture as you could see the rays peeking out from around the clouds going over head.

The biggest group of people were to our left, were the pavilions are and the outhouses.

To our right

In front of us

Now for the total eclipse, of course my camera just can't do it justice but this is what I got, do you see that bright spot to the left of the sun, that is Regulus I believe they said, my camera didn't capture any of the stars.

I won't bore you with anymore shots but this one was my last shot, my hubby yelled at me to quit taking pictures after this one since the sun was starting to peek out again and I could ruin my camera, but it is cool seeing the sun come out again. We were in totality 2 minutes and 37 seconds but the time just went by so quickly to see everything and capture it all.

We were glad we went to Fort De Chartres to view the eclipse, there were people all around and I didn't take their picture but we had an older couple that shared the shade of the tree with us that were from Wisconsin, so we shared the experience with everyone, so neat to hear the oohhhs and awwws of everyone around and all the excitement leading up to it, but it wasn't so over crowded as other spots were.  This was our first time there but we will be going back on a cooler day to view the whole Fort area.

Because of the clouds all around us there was a lovely sunset going on also but I didn't get my settings correct to get a good picture because I had my camera set to take a picture of the eclipse.  The evening songs of the birds came out just before the total eclipse and the bugs became a bit louder.  We also saw waves of light on our chairs, as my husband describes it looked like light glistening on water. Just amazing.  We are already looking forward to our next eclipse in 2024 we will once again be very close to total eclipse so we will be doing that again. It's in April, looking forward to it be a little cooler than yesterday was :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today,



Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Wonderful photos! I know it was hard to capture the experience in a blog post, but it does sound so fun. Looks like there were crowds but not a mob. We are planning to go to Ohio probably for the 2024 eclipse. We only got about 75% here, so we really would love to see the 100% in 7 years! If it is April, there probably is a higher chance of rain, but it still would be worth it.

Donna Ellis said...

Thanks for sharing your fabulous day's event photos, Connie! Your takes on the day are spectacular, and how lovely it must have been to be in the company of so many other enthusiasts! Glad you had this opportunity! The last one I got to see was back in the 50s. I was only 7. But it was exciting!

Anonymous said...

It was magical, nice pictures

CherylQuilts said...

Wow, Connie, what an experience! I loved reading about your journey and so delighted that you and Greg got to attend...but so sorry it was so very hot and humid. But in the end it sounds like it was truly a fabulous experience and demonstration of God's power and order! Hugs! xoxo

Birgit said...

Amazing Connie! Your photo of the eclipse is so amazing! How wonderful that you lived in a place where you could see it in its entirety. I didn't even notice a difference here in Maine but enjoyed seeing it on tv. What an awesome experience that must have been!

Stephanie said...

What amazing photos, my friend! It was quite the awesome sight, wasn't it :)

Thanks for sharing and have a most beautiful day! Hugs!

Leslie Miller said...

It was amazing and you did a fabulous job with the photos! I sure would have liked to get photos, but didn't want to ruin my camera. It was quiet here. So eerie as the eclipse was happening, and then when as the moon moved off to the other side the breeze came up. Weird. Your crowds weren't too bad there. You found a good spot to watch it!

AppleApricot Wen said...

Oh my goodness wow Connie, that's so awesome!! So glad you could see and experience it! Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience with us through your photos and story. Big hugs xx

Louca por porcelana said...

Lovely pics !

Debbie said...

awwww connie, i am so glad you saw it and that you were so excited!! it was a no show in new jersey, and for some reason, i didn't care. i never got excited about it!!!

beautiful captures of it and of the monarch!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Hello Connie, lovely to see your photographs here.
I watched the eclipse on UK TV ...

All the best Jan

Donna Phelan said...

Oh what a FUN post! Here it was a total bust! Womp, womp!

Janice said...

Thank you for sharing your photos, it sounds like you all (or nearly all) had a wonderful time with it in the U.S!

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Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Hi Connie, I am catching up on some of your posts and wanted to say your photos are awesome! Love the butterfly, too! It's always so nice to share such a rare event with others - it makes it much more memorable, I think. xo Karen