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Once A Day

I guess it’s the whole “infinite variety” thing that makes it all worthwhile.

As I was leaving the office it was looking very yellow.

I drove home through a lot of extremely vivid reds and oranges. (I observed, but while driving, did not photograph.)

There was still a fair bit of color when I got home.

As the gods adjusted the contrast and darkness settings, the view got better.

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Storms Over The Mountains, Storms Over The Ocean

But it doesn’t look like we’re going to get any storms coming over us.




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Seen Through The Sunroof

By the time I left the office tonight right, about sunset, there were some clouds building up overhead.

Hot and muggy will do that, but the good news is that it can turn out very colorfully.

However, I was driving home on Ventura Boulevard and knew that by the time I got home all of the the color would have faded and gone dark.

Stopped at a light (not driving at the time – stay safe children!), lamenting my timing, my brain pointed out that I was driving a car with a sunroof.

Directly overhead, through the sunroof, just before the light changed to green, I got my sunset pictures.

Thanks, Hissy’s sunroof!

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Parking Garage Sunset

Another sunset missed, doing things that won’t be remembered or noted at my memorial service.

It looks like it was a pretty one.

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TOTALITY!!

Much more, of course, after I get home and have a chance to download the pictures from the DSLRs and the video from four different cameras. But for now, let’s say that it was an exciting and wonderful day with a fair amount of adrenaline expended.

We woke up to clouds.

By the time we hit the road, there were thunderheads starting to build.

We were heading to NE Kansas (the Sabetha area) or SE Nebraska (Humboldt or Pawnee City).

By the time we got to St. Joseph, it was raining. At times raining hard. Once out of St. Joseph and across the river into Kansas, we saw a bit of a rainbow. The good news is that a rainbow is a hopeful sign? The bad news is that in practical terms, you only get rainbows with rain, which means clouds.

We stopped in Hiawatha, Kansas to look at the maps and search for guidance. It basically looked bad and/or worse with a wide line of storms and clouds stretching from Tulsa to Minneapolis. Our only hope was to try to get to the far side of it to the west. We had about three hours before totality and decided to go for it, heading toward Beatrice, Nebraska.

A few miles shy of Beatrice, it was looking worse ahead of us, but maybe clearing just a touch behind us. We looked for a way to head south and ended up between Beatrice and Filley, Nebraska. With time running short, only a bit over an hour to totality, we made our stand.

Note the video cameras on the liftgate and on the luggage rack, as well as the two cameras on tripods. This was about thirty minutes before totality and we could all clearly see the partial phases. Everyone had our eclipse glasses and it was just amazing to see the moon moving across in front of the sun. Astonishing.

And in the last five minutes, the clouds got thicker again.

Totality!

We got lucky in that the clouds stayed thin enough to see all of totality. We couldn’t see all of the corona and there was no way to see any other stars or planets, which we would expect to see easily with a clear sky.

But we all did see totality, the full 2:38.4. We ended up less than a mile off of the center line.

How lucky were we? Less than ten minutes after totality ended, the sun was totally obscured. We saw almost nothing of the partial phases following totality.

Some days it’s better to be lucky than good. Today we were both.

How is totality? Almost beyond description. It truly is an astonishing, bizarre, beautiful, and moving experience.

I was wearing a head-mounted GoPro – it will be interesting to see how much actual squeeing and burbling I did.

A quick glance at the photos on the cameras shows that, while there aren’t THOUSANDS of pictures that will just awe and amaze you, there are probably one or two that don’t completely suck.

I’ll get back to you when I get home and have a bit of time to process, both my thoughts and my photos.

Final thought – if you EVER have an opportunity to see a total solar eclipse live and in person, TAKE IT! Find a way to make it happen, accept no excuses.

 

 

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Three Days Out & Counting

This would be fantastic weather on Monday:


This, not so much, although very pretty:


This was a very cool place to visit, even worth the 3.5 hour drive each way from Kansas City:


Much more about it, of course, when I’ve got a few minutes to breathe. Which won’t be this weekend, I expect.

Interesting to note that even in Hutchison, KS, over 200 miles from Monday’s path of totality, and every ten to fifteen miles all the way there and back on the interstate highways, were electronic signs (the kind used in LA to warn of a freeway accident, closure, or Amber Alert) flashing, “Solar eclipse August 21st – Expect additional traffic.”

I’m not surprised to see that here, in or near the path of totality. But 200 miles away??!

Three days out and counting…

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Once More Into The Sunset!

If the sky’s going to keep lobbing softballs up there for me to hit, I’ll keep swinging!

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