We’ve all been hearing about it for months now. Everyone has been talking about it from the news to social media. They predicted that there would be hundreds of thousands of visitors to our area just to see this special event. And yesterday it happened! It was the day of the big solar eclipse of 2017! Lucky for us we got to see the total solar eclipse.
The hype and anticipation surrounding the solar eclipse have been astounding and if I’m being honest I just didn’t get why it was such a huge deal. We just so happen to live right in the sweet spot for this year’s eclipse, the path of totality. This meant that we would get to see the full eclipse and that the moon would completely cover the sun.
I’ve never witnessed a total solar eclipse before so I had no expectations going into the event. We had purchased the special eclipse glasses to protect our eyes and I had cameras charged and ready to go. Our local news channel had been covering the event all morning and had been keeping everyone updated on the time that it would begin in our area. We watched on tv as it passed over Oregon and waited for it to start here. I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of the pups with eclipse glasses on. I mean they are all so cute!
Just after lunch I stepped out into the backyard and glanced toward the sun with my special eclipse glasses and I could see it beginning. The sun looked like someone had taken a tiny nibble out of its right side as the moon was just starting to move in front of it. I took photos with my phone and a pair of eclipse glasses covering the lens.
It didn’t seem like it took very long for the moon to cover up half of the sun.
Not long after the sliver of the sun was getting smaller and smaller.
What Was It Like?
Watching the sun completely disappear was eerie and amazing at the same time. As the sky darkened all of the streetlights began to come on, birds stopped singing, and crickets started chirping. It’s really hard to adequately describe exactly what it’s like to witness a total solar eclipse in person. I can honestly say now after seeing it, I get it. I understand what the hype is about and I totally get why people get so excited to see it. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed. As soon as the moon covered the sun it was safe to take off the eclipse glasses. Having watched the total eclipse happening in Oregon on tv earlier, I thought it was just going to be a white colored ring appearing around the moon. It was not! The black silhouette of the moon was surrounded by a glimmering shining silver light with flickers of purple-blue. It’s watching something purely magical and otherworldly unfold right before you. There really are no words! And trust me the videos that you see on tv do not do it justice.
I don’t have any photos of the point when the eclipse reached totality because I was too awestruck to pick up my camera and shoot. I had set up my point and shoot camera on a tripod facing toward the yard to capture the light turning to dark. The camera didn’t do a great job of capturing it since it overexposed the video and made it seem much brighter outside than it actually was. I did briefly grab the camera and point it toward the sun when we were in the totality phase but it showed the ring around the moon much larger than it appeared in person. You can get a bit of an idea of what it looked like in the video below.