total solar eclipse…amazing!

Did you see the solar eclipse on Monday? It was amazing! We had two minutes and sixteen seconds of totality in our back yard. A good reason to have a party!

We had about 35 people here. Everyone who came brought something to share for dinner. We had quite a spread!

eclipse party

We watched first contact and then DH got the grill going. One of our guests took over that job for him so he could take care of other things. Some of our guests chose to cook their own hot dogs over the fire pit. My sisters Margaret and Genny were a huge help with putting out the meal, along with many others, including DH’s siblings and their families. Everyone was happy to help.

eclipse party

There was a lot of looking up involved.

eclipse party

Lots of cute kids, too.

eclipse party

And lots of happy chatter. Family and friends catching up with each other.

eclipse party

eclipse party

eclipse party

Lots of Moon Pies, of course!

eclipse party

As time went by, we began to get some fun pictures of the shadows caused by the eclipse.

eclipse shadows

eclipse party

Most of the party went out to the white sheets that were stretched on the ground to watch for shadow bands during totality. DH’s brother-in-law is a retired science teacher and he talked to the children about what was happening. And they saw the shadow bands!

eclipse party

When totality started, the crickets and cicadas began to sing loudly! The swallows flew to the chimney of the building next door where they nest at night. We saw Venus. The light became very weird. Like someone used a dimmer switch on it. It was fascinating! I’ve never experienced anything like it.

eclipse party

It got dark! But there was a glow around the horizon. It felt so odd.

eclipse party

eclipse party

It went by too quickly, but what an amazing experience! I was awed by the majesty of God’s creation. There really aren’t words to explain how it made me feel.

“You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens, The heaven of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You.” Nehemiah 9:6

And we get to do it again in 2024! This part of the country is in the intersection of this year’s eclipse path and the path of the 2024 eclipse. A once in a life time experience that we get to experience twice! If you can manage it, find your way to the path of totality and take in the total solar eclipse of 2024. You won’t be sorry!

~~Rhonda

2 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted August 23, 2017 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    We had such a great time! Thanks for opening your home up. We already are making plans to come down again in 2024 🙂

  2. Posted August 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like fun! We did not have totality but 98% coverage. It was so fascinating to watch. It did not get dark here but did get dim and the light was so different! Very odd and kind of shimmering – I can’t really describe it. I imagine totality was quite amazing. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

*
*