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The Eclipse, part II: Totality

The eclipse was remarkable, resplendent —an experience we will feel deeply, even though words may fail.  Michael was the primary photographer.  He took some excellent pictures, as you can see from the two I took with my iPhone through his view screen.

My deepest memories are how suddenly it became cold as totality approached.  It reminded me of our utter dependency on the sun’s warmth.  Then came the incredible, unique light on the western horizon that I had never seen before– “sunset” came and went in a few seconds.  And finally the sun’s corona, a sight we had never seen and will never see again.  Yet, all remains deeply embedded in our collective, shared memories to feast on, to share with family and with friends.

 

eclipse viewers
viewing the eclipse
Eclipse viewer
Meg

 

 

waiting for the Oregon eclipse
waiting for the Oregon eclipse
sunburst on eclipse glasses
sunburst on eclipse glasses
Eclipse photographer
Michael setting up his camera

 

partial eclipse in viewfinder
partial eclipse in Michael’s viewfinder
Eclipse sunset
Eclipse sunset
eclipse star burst
eclipse star burst
eclipse sunburst
eclipse sunburst
Totality with sun flares
Totality with sun flares

The Eclipse, part I: Camping before totality

About fifteen months ago, I began planning for the total solar eclipse in eastern Oregon.  I decided on a location right below a mountain top, Dooley Mt, in Baker County,  where an old Naval radar station used to exist.  Meg and I confirmed this site would be ideal over Memorial Weekend.

Serendipitously, September 2 is our Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary. We invited our sons and wives to join us for the eclipse and celebrate our anniversary together.  Matt and Teresa arrived from New Zealand, and Michael and Sara from New Hampshire. We set up camp in ponderosa pine trees on Sunday, and enjoyed conversation, walks, reading and general time together. This relaxing  time created a wonderful intimacy as we waited for the eclipse to begin and then watched it move into totality.

 

 

Baker County camping
Baker County camping

 

 

Sara and Michael
Sara and Michael
Camping Baker County, Dooley Mt camping
Camping Baker County, Dooley Mt camping