Saturday, August 8, 2009

Solar Eclipse Sunset

Today's photo shows the sky during the third contact and fourth contact of the solar eclipse. The corpuscular rays beaming into the water are so vibrant.

This photo was taken after totality, which is when the Moon blocks the Sun while we were north of the Cook Islands and west of French Polynesia in the South Pacific.

The clouds in yesterday's photo, taken before totality, and the clouds in today's photo, taken after totality show how exciting it was for our ship to maneuver and be able to find a hole in the sky for a clear view of the total eclipse.

As you scroll through the photos below to see the sharp and amazing solar eclipse photos, you have to marvel that the clouds parted for a short time to allow us to experience and photograph the solar eclipse.

The Sun was supposed to set into the Ocean while in a partial eclipse. What a photograph that would have been had the clouds not blocked the last stage of the eclipse.

Nonetheless, the entire experience was wonderful even though there is no possible way to absorb all that occurs during an eclipse. It means you have to go chase more eclipses as there truly is more to experience than what we could do as first time solar eclipse chasers.

And, that is a good way to end this solar eclipse series, we will plan for the next one and hope you join us too.

6 comments:

brattcat said...

Looking forward to wherever your camera takes us next, Julie. Thank you for sharing this awesome experience.

Sharon said...

Wow, so many clouds. You really were lucky to be able to get to a clear enough spot to get the amazing photos you've shown us.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

One would never think that clouds could bring such drama to a day as when you have a ship full of people who had paid a lot of money and travelled a long way to see an eclipse that was at risk of being hidden behind clouds.

Don and Krise said...

What a beautiful way to bring this series to an end. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. There's no way we can match the excitement that you felt out there, but you did a great job putting these photos (and the narration) together for us.

Jarart said...

That is an amazing sky. Your series was just stunning.

JM said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

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