The day the moon tried to swallow the sun

Greetings from the island!! Finally another posting from this busy summer. I’ll be catching up with you all.

Days before the eclipse I realized I had waited too long ( as usual) to find a solar filter for my Canon and everyone was sold out of solar glasses as well. Luckily I had a pair from the last solar eclipse and with a tiny Nikon pocket camera I improvised a filter.

Up on Mill Hill people headed on a hike toward the hill top with all kinds of strange devices, welders #14 glasses which make everything green, a pinhole box for safe viewing, tripods and lenses galore.

 

the moon’s valiant attempt ( nikon coolpix and filter)

We decided to sit below the summit in the quiet of the parking lot and picnic area with our iphones,  my little Nikon, Canon, tripod and glasses at the ready. Two ravens fled into the trees as the first bite was taken out of the sun. It became eerily quiet. Birds stopped singing. I remembered a quote by Mother Theresa, “In the silence, God speaks.”  As light dimmed it turned cold, and suddenly in a marvelous  pinhole camera effect, the shimmering shadows of a multitude of crescent suns were cast through the foliage of the trees onto an organic photographic plate on the lawn.

 

 

Here on the island the moon could not quite get her mouth fully around the glowing pie, and as the sun escaped her hunger,  the sweat of his effort shone in rivulets of blinding light between the shadowy trees

My submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness (4-18) this week taken after the eclipse

 

 

After the Eclipse

I suddenly felt the joy and awe of being a part of the mystery and so,

The Sweetness of Morning

Each moment is a sacred celebration

75 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautifully shot. I especially love the magic of the eclipse shadows on the ground. It almost looks like water reflections.

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    1. yes!! thanks for popping by!!

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  2. Magical photos as usual, Cybele. The last one is my favorite one..

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    1. thank you Nurul!! You must visit here one day!

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  3. What a splendid and magical adventure! Wish I’d been there, but thanks for the captivating recounting of it and the lovely images.

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    1. oh thanks so much for visiting Sarah!! Boy, I’m so behind again and dealing with lots of stuff but it’s settling down!!

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  4. Buntag-Photo says:

    The images remind me of Lothlórien.

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  5. oldpoet56 says:

    Reblogged this on Truth Troubles.

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  6. oldpoet56 says:

    Very nice article, I enjoyed the read so I am going to reblog it for you.

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  7. Ali Isaac says:

    The images are gorgeous of course,but what a beautiful description of the event, too.

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    1. I thought I had replied to this but I must be losing it! Thanks so much for visiting Ali!!

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      1. Ali Isaac says:

        No worries! 😊

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  8. Norma says:

    I had once watched the eclipse when I was a child and it was truly breathtaking. I would agree with you Moon that it fills you with “the joy and awe of being a part of the mystery”. Beautifully put in words and wonderful images. 🙂 I really loved the last one and the one with shadows on the ground.

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    1. I am honoured by your lovely comment Norma!!

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      1. Norma says:

        Hi Moon, I hope everything’s ok. 🙂 Haven’t heard your post in a while.

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      2. things have been a bit rough this last while but say a prayer! thank you!

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      3. Norma says:

        Sure, Moon. Loads of prayers and strength coming your way…. Whatever the problem is Moon, I hope it gets resolved for you soon. Take care, dear!

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      4. Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness always Norma!

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  9. Gorgeous post. The photo of the bird landing at the fountain is truly a sacred moment.

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    1. Hi Robert, your comment somehow was lost but now is found!! Thank you so much!

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      1. You’re most welcome!

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  10. smilecalm says:

    smiling how you
    captured the moon’s
    moment so well 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much Smile!! I’m sorry I missed this comment!

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  11. nikontim2012 says:

    Beautiful done Cybele, I am glad so long ago to have found your blog . . . it is always a joy to read, your storytelling is such a joy and always leaves me wanting more. Thank you for sharing your adventures. I spent that day in my little garden tending my gadgets and photographic gear, yes I was successful but I do not think my experience was as transcendent as yours . . . beautiful writing and photos keep up the posts. Digipainter . . .aka(Tim)

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    1. oh you are very generous Tim!! Thank you so much! You made my day!! I will be over to check what you were able to capture!!

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  12. sheldonk2014 says:

    Beautiful As Always
    Your finishing work
    Is second to none
    As Sheldon Always

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  13. milliethom says:

    A wonderful event, which you have described beautifully and the image of the eclipse is great. Lucky you managed to find your solar glasses. 🙂

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    1. indeed it was awe inspiring. oh I searched high and low for those cardboard glasses!! They still had the magic!!

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  14. Peter Nena says:

    Another dose of magic! I love the slice of moon. And I love the narration that follows. I realized I had a big smile on my face as I was reading it. Thanks Cybele.

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    1. oh I’m pleased it made you smile Peter!! It was quite an experience though not a total eclipse up here. Still magical!

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  15. DG MARYOGA says:

    The “Light” inside you gently veiled the divine laws that govern life.The first glowing light in your forest images are totally arresting 🙂 xxx

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    1. I hope I am worthy of such profound praise Doda!! Thank you for visiting my forest light!

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  16. I just adore your MM image . I could get lost in that place. And that sparrow alighting .. so lovely

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    1. thank you Julie, so sad summer is winding down now up here!

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  17. Anita says:

    The narration that accompanies your pictures is as magical, Cybele! Makes the whole experience feel surreal.

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  18. Maverick ~ says:

    Beautifully done.

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  19. sedge808 says:

    really amazing.

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  20. magical words and images!

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  21. pattimoed says:

    Beautiful image of the eclipse. It must have been eerie that the woods were so silent. I was in a suburban area, watching on the lawn at the office with a variety of contraptions. You shot was much better than ours!

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    1. oh I’ve seen some spectacular shots- but I tried with what I had lol! Thank you Patti!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        You’re always welcome, Cybele. Have a great week. Enjoy the last “bits” of summer!

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  22. Suzanne says:

    I loveyour story. The photos fit it perfectly. The last one is delightful.

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    1. so glad it made you smile Suzanne!! Thank you!

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  23. Wonderful post and pictures! I got the glasses about a month ahead but completely forgot about trying to get anything for my iPhone. Oh, well. We were in the 100% coverage path. It was wonderful for about the first half. We couldn’t believe that suddenly the biggest dark cloud I’ve seen in a long time came and completely covered (eclipsed) the sun and the moon for the rest of the time. Sigh…. But it was still fascinating in spite of not seeing the totality!

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    1. thanks so much my dear fblogging friend!! Ahh those pesky clouds. We usually have clouds but were lucky. However, no totality here anyway!!

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  24. Beautiful captures 💕☘

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  25. I love your narration, and the shadows through the leaves! I haven’t even begun to work on my partial eclipse images. I uploaded them and haven’t messed with them since.

    It sounds wonderful to experience it on your island. I was in my backyard. Not nearly as magical as your morning sounded.

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    1. oh I bet yours are stellar( lol). You have captured some wonderful sky shots. Not bad for a little Nikon pocket camera! Thanks so much Deb!! and yes, very magical!

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  26. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the special event with us, Cybele! Great captures of the lights and shadows.

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    1. oh thank you dear Amy!! It was a wonderful morning!

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  27. Sue says:

    Oh, you were witness to some beautiful light!!

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    1. it was so interesting!! thanks Sue!

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  28. Of course you made magic of the eclipse Cybele 🙂

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    1. The cosmic Cosmos!! yes it’s all magic!! Thanks Andrea!

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  29. Oh wow, seen a lot of posts now about this but yours is the most beautiful x

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    1. ahh , you make me blush- I love your compliments! Thanks Shey!!

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      1. I mean it !!!!!!!!! Always gorgeous here.

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  30. paula graham says:

    How beautiful your shots are. Sadly it missed the UK this time, I will never forget the 1999 one, my pigs and I watched whilst the hen gathered her chicks and people took photos of the dark and yelled loudly…pagan stuff!!

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    1. oh I know!! people go crazy!! It was a magical morning! Thanks Paula!

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  31. “After the Eclipse” is inviting and telling.

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