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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Words For Wednesday Full Moon

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator." —Mahatma Gandhi

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Vermont Solar Eclipse in Totality

 Last weekend we went up to VT with Ms J and her husband and 3 kids. We had a great time, but the ultimate activity we did, was watching the solar eclipse on Monday. It was a beautiful day in Northern VT. We went up to my friend's farm in Barton, situated high up on a hilltop to watch the eclipse. From there, we had 360 degree views.

This was two hours before the eclipse started: Please ENLARGE the videos for a much better viewing.

Eclipse Watching:

Four minutes before totality. Notice how deep the shadows are:

Totality! I had to split this video into two separate videos to fit on the blog. Best view ENLARGED

It was such an incredible experience, and I was really happy to share it with some of our grandchildren. I was really surprised with how the horizon in 360 degrees looked like a sunrise or sunset during the 3 minutes of totality. I also loved that we could see the planet Venus located under the sun to the right.
In this next image, if you can zoom in, you can see the planet Saturn in the very upper left of the image.

These next photos were taken with my camera and a special solar filter attached to the lens. I was struggling a bit to get a proper exposure when the sun went into totality, so I just set the camera aside and just enjoyed the three minutes without worrying about getting a photo. It was the best decision I made!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Spring Flowers at Rockland Garden Center in Rockland MA

 It sure hasn't been feeling like Spring here in SE MA with the weather we have been having lately. Last week I went to a local garden center to take some photos of the Spring flowers. They had a great assortment and it felt good to be photographing flowers again. Most of these were shot using my macro lens.

I have plans to shoot something different this weekend that I'm excited about. Stay tuned and enjoy your weekend.