We decided not to go far afield to view the solar eclipse in totality. Seattle was in the 92% range, so we stayed home and set up in the yard where the sun was shining out of a clear blue sky.
We had our eclipse glasses and I was wearing my Zia sun shirt.
I had tried setting up cameras to photograph the stages of the sun's eclipse, but I did not have the right set up of cameras and lenses.
My cameras couldn't focus with so much light from the sun, even when it was half covered by the moon.
So I resorted to a less technological method.
As the eclipse neared totality, the light dimmed and it got cold, at least ten degrees cooler. It did not get as dark as I thought it would. The light reminded us of what it was like a couple of weeks ago when it was so smokey from BC fires.
We were sitting out in the garden, and bees had been buzzing all around us in the flowers and shrubs. As it got colder and less light, the bees disappeared.
Meanwhile, in John Day, Oregon, a small town in east central Oregon, Jill and the kids had set up camp on Saturday in a field where the town rented out camping spaces for a reasonable fee. By Sunday they were joined by a lot more campers.
They had a great time on Sunday, floating the John Day River, and finding all of the lemonade and snow cone and bake sale stands in the neighborhoods. They also had access to telescopes.
We got text reports from them during the big event, where they were in the path of totality.
It was fun getting their reports. They actually saw the shadow of the moon cross the sky.
Now the sun is back, having been restored to wholeness at 11:40.
And the bees are back to buzzing too.