I have been watching the weather forecast for weeks, even
tho I *knew* it would be cloudy and maybe raining today!
At the beginning of the week, it was to be cloudy with a good
chance of rain. Thursday the forecast said 60% chance of rain.
Fridays forecast said 40% rain!
This morning the forecast still said 40% rain, but the
rain was supposed to hold off until after 11am! The morning
was to be partly cloudy!
Oh my gosh! There might be a chance... the tiniest chance
to see the eclipse!
The day starts with clouds and fog,
but when dawn breaks there
is a moment when the sunbeams come thru,
under the cloud layer.
Hope Springs! But only for a moment. The clouds roll in.
The eclipse starts at 8:06am and the Ring Of Fire will
occur from 9:17 to 9:19. And then completely over at 10:39am.
I leave the house around 8:50. It's cloudy, but the clouds
are moving around quite a bit... So I'm having an inordinate
amount of hope now!
As I drive, it seems like a normal, cloudy
day even tho the moon is covering well over half the sun
At the park, the parking lot is fuller than usual for a saturday,
but there are a decent number of spaces left.
A few people have arrived at the same time,
and more are trickling in behind me. I have
to walk out to the field, because there's trees in the way.
At 9:06am, this is the 2nd photo I snap... No zoom,
no cropping, no colour adjustment. Look closely, the sun
is just left of center!
The river flows to the northwest here, and Greenway walking
bridge would have a clear view of the east. As I suspected,
a lot of other people had my same idea...
I stay in the park for the moment and Oh My Gosh!
It's SO AMAZING!
And I can SEE IT! The clouds are heavy enough that I can
look directly at the sun, without any trouble!
The camera is having such a hard time with the auto-focus!
It's just clouds, it says!
So I point it at the trees and hope they
are far enough away that the eclipse is in focus as well.
It kind of works.
The clouds start moving around and suddenly it's way too
bright to look at the sun any more! I crank up the exposure
on the camera, but it doesn't help.
With a break in the action upstairs,
I decide to move out to the bridge.
Oh, nice! The view is lovely here!
And the clouds are moving around again... and oh my gosh,
we are so close to the perfect Ring of Fire!
And with that, the clouds got heavier and there were no more
views of the eclipse.
A lady in the crowd, asked people to join her song, to see
if they could move the clouds along...
♪ Here comes the sun... ♪
she sang, and the crowd sang the
She sang a couple more lines, but it fell apart pretty
quickly since nobody quite remembered how the song went!!
But so delightful and it made me feel really good
to see people come together and be happy together.
One last photo upriver, with the beautiful morning sky...
And then on with my walk.