This is the best shot of the #eclipse my iPhone could muster1. Unfortunately camera sensors have yet to be as sensitive to the spectrum of colours as the human eye is. So this is all I can show you, but what I saw and experienced was so much more impressive and surprising.
When the protective glasses came off — just as the crescent *sun* completely disappeared from view — the whole world felt like magic. This is not an exaggeration. It’s incredibly hard to describe accurately with only eight hours recollection. But I’ll try:
It was as if we were standing in a dark twilight where 30 mins earlier a sun had set in every direction. A 360° sunset. The body and mind were fully in noon mode, but the images rushing to the brain were shouting otherwise. It was, in the true senses of the words: wonderful, and awesome.
Toward the end of the first two hour partial eclipse, maybe 30 minutes before totality, the quality of the light started to change. Our shadows began to be noticeably sharper, as if the light source was moving closer to us. The surrounding trees and farmhouses looked as if they were props lighted on a giant stage. The closer we go to the total eclipse the more surreal the world looked. As less and less light made it to earth, the contrast of the landscape decreased. Also, the temperature dropped noticeably, and it was no longer uncomfortable to be standing out of the shade.
The glasses came off and my naked eyes and lizard brain were trying to comprehend. We were all in utter amazement, joyous even. When I recall the memory I *still* have trouble believing what I saw. It felt like someone had live-Photoshopped the sky. Like CGI in real-life. It was the best thing I can recall ever witnessing. Ever witnessing!
10/10. Would #eclipse again.
- Well, with the help of Vince’s solar binoculars…