Only Time Would Tell!

April 8, 2024 had arrived! And it was not a certainty that we would be witnessing the magical moment of the 2024 totality. In fact only time would tell.

Furthermore at 9:30am it was almost foggy across the lake.
So around 11am we were seeing some breaks in the clouds. In the meantime, we snacked and watched the birds and wildlife. See these fantastic photos (not mine) from another in our group that gathered with us.
More breaks in the clouds started just as the eclipse started. Yahoo!

Briar was ready!
We were set up for the red and green with M&Ms. Also we had out a white poster board hopefully to see the shadow bands. Additionally we did the pin hole camera thing with the colander and a hat. Here the colander shadows looked 3D-ish.

Clouds were coming and going but the eclipse had started. I was having trouble setting up. So this one was my first good shot at 1:01:11pm. You can see the sun spots! And the mottled look was from some of the wispier clouds.
After giving up using the tripod, I just laid on the ground. Paula watched for the shadow bands and the pin hole camera.

Then Wes thought to bring my tripod over. Pinning me down. LOL.
Then he added the cooler. Comfort! Thank you Wes!

1:33:15 pm! So the sight of the totality was not a sure thing for us. Here some thinner clouds covered the sun.
Baily’s Beads 1:41:37pm!

1:41:44pm. Indeed the changes and clouds were happening quickly!

1:41:48pm! It was real special to see the solar prominences!!

Here I increased the exposure which is why the photo is so grainy. The clouds were coming and going, some thick and some wispy as in this moment.
My final shot!

WOW, WOW, and WOW!

We never saw the shadow bands on the white poster board. Neither did we notice a change in the red and green colors of the M&Ms. However the M&Ms did disappear. LOL.

April 8, 2024 – Eclipse

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  1. Oh my. Such great pictures. Glad Wes was there to help get your camera set up. We saw it but the pictures are even better than what we saw. We wore green but saw no change. Sure was a fun event. Thanks for sharing with us.

  2. So the orange things are prominences. I hadn’t known what to call them. I photographed an orange one at about 5 o’clock and 2 o’clock on the circle. And the glow around the moon danced. Really fun video but too big to send you.
    Looks like y’all had fun. Your photos are fabulous and Briar is especially cute.

      1. No filter. Just held my camera up. But only worked when we had enough clouds otherwise my camera would shut off.

  3. That was quite an eclipse crew you had- all the pros helping out. Super photos. Lucky the clouds dispersed a bit for you just in time. Seems you had some great neighbors to share the fun. Safe travels home!

  4. You got some great eclipse pics! I love your setup – you look so relaxed. Love Briar modeling the glasses! She’s a good sport.

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