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Eclipse Curtailed [Dec. 21st, 2010|02:06 am]
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I went out in brilliant moonlight (which illuminated the filmy high clouds as well) before the eclipse started, lying on my back in the big field so I could see it clearly.    Came in to rouse dh when I could tell it was starting and by the time I got back to the house, it was pretty obvious.   Then took a pillow (to ease my neck) out to the driveway and lay there as it continued.  

The cat came over and after bunting me on the sides and hand climbed onto me.  Naturally.   By this time lower clouds were blowing over rapidly, and the humidity was up--the cat's fur felt damp, as did my jacket and jeans.   It is difficult to take good moon pictures with a cat on your chest.  When she walked about, my arms wiggled.  When she settled down, it was only for a moment at a time, and the standing up part always caused vibration.  She wanted to look into the lens.  She wanted to lick the hand holding the camera. 

More and more clouds, less and less moon--for both reasons.  I gave up finally and came back into the dry house.   I may post the jiggly pictures another day.


[User Picture]From: shockwave77598
2010-12-21 02:18 pm (UTC)
The eclipse I'm interested in is the solar eclipse coming in 2017. It will be easy to go a little north and experience totality. I've experienced it once before, back in 1970. It's amazing if you haven't been through totality before. The air gets suddenly cold. Heat waves from the penumbra dance on the cement making the ground look like flaming water. All the animal noises instantly fall silent. There's too much light to see the stars, so the sky is an unusual shade of black -- black but without pinpoints of light that we are used to.

I'd like to experience it once more in my lifetime and show the wife and kids.
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[User Picture]From: delicious_irony
2010-12-21 05:51 pm (UTC)
If you do, please also post a picture of the Interfering Cat as well!

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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2010-12-21 06:12 pm (UTC)
I SO wish I had a picture of her on my chest, trying to get her head into the lens-shield. ("Cleo, no!") or butting one of my arms as I was trying to steady the camera. I'm sure she looked adorable walking around on me, or crouched on my chest like much larger hunting cat, which, from below, she resembled. She purred the whole time, of course.
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[User Picture]From: bunny_m
2010-12-21 11:55 pm (UTC)
"I'm helping!"

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