Monday 21st August
So, the Solar Eclipse happened today, and we thought we were going to be best placed for an almost perfect viewpoint. On the path of 99% totality, surely we would see the eclipse, it would go dark, silent, with birds flying off to roost?
But oh no……..The morning began with a thunderstorm, perhaps a sign of things to come, that all was not well. However, the clouds cleared away, and by 8:30am we had placed our beach chairs and umbrella on the sand, ready for a front row viewing spot.
At midday we were on the beach, expectant, phones and cameras at the ready. We had a quick swim in the ocean, and then settled down for the impending show in the skies.
The dark clouds were building both east and west of us, moving closer and closer together, finally colluding to obscure the sun and therefore the path of the moon in front of it.
Daylight was not diminished, it did not go dark, the atmosphere wasn’t rendered silent and heavy. It went rather gloomy, as if we were sitting beneath heavy, dark clouds, and then it brightened, and finally the sun made an appearance.
So, unless you’re in the path of 100% totality, you will not experience darkness ~ even if only for two minutes or so.
100%. All or nothing. No half measures.
The evening did end though, with the most spectacular sunset. Such beautiful colours, with a shadow sunburst, making fabulous rays up to the heavens.
Was that you, ending the day in such a amazing show of colour?
Love you sweetie
Darling Angel son
Following a thunderstorm
Big thunder bumpers
We’ve staked our place
8:00am, not too many people about
Grey clouds covering the sky
Beginning to brighten
Looking good so far
Clouds are building behind us
The sun has a halo
Clouds moving over the sands
Moving ever closer towards the sun
Now the sun is obscured
Is this the eclipse?
Oh, it’s becoming brighter
All over, sun’s out again
The sun going down
Sending a huge shadow skyward
Stripes across the sky
Pretty colours over the ocean, too