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Friday, 20 March 2015

Solar eclipse

It's quite an amazing thing to see the moon pass in front of the sun.  It's also quite eerie, but here in our part of the UK it wasn't a total eclipse so although it went darker and colder than it should have been at 9.30am on a Friday morning, it wasn't enough to stop the birds from singing or the rest of life carrying on as normal.

Small daughter has made a pinhole camera at school to watch the eclipse because of course you should never look directly at the sun.  Sadly, it was too cloudy for her to have been able to see anything projected through her viewer, so I've taken a few photos for her to see later.  And no, I didn't look directly at the sun either.  I took the term "point and shoot" quite literally (with my eyes shut, mostly!) and then adjusted the pictures later - what a wonderful invention picmonkey is!

So just in case you missed it too, here are my pictures.  There's not going to be another one until 2026 so I'm glad I got a chance to see it today.



14 comments:

  1. Fantastic! What a great idea to just point and shoot and look later! xx

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    1. Works really well for someone of my photographic capabilities! ;-) xx

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    1. Thank you! Did you get to see it where you live? xx

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  3. Great photos! It was so cloudy here, there were only a few moments of the eclipse visible here. Such a shame. Not even the birds noticed a difference. The light sensitive lights outside my work were on though! Have a lovely weekend. x

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    1. That is a shame - I'd have thought you'd have got a good view being so much further north. Still, at least your lights noticed! xx

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  4. Wonderful photos! I was on a coach on a school trip when it happened, so struggled hard not to look at it. My colleague took an excellent photograph on his phone which clearly showed the crescent sun - amazing!
    Cathy x

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    1. It really was, wasn't it? Just like the moon - but yet it was the sun! xx

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  5. Good fun! Glad you got some shots. And that small daughter had a pinhole camera to look at it at school!

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    1. Oh yes, they were very organised at small daughter's school! xx

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  6. Wonderful photos. In this part of the country it was very overcast and nothing to be seen although the temperature dropped and it got a bit darker. It must have been an amazing sight. xx

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    1. It was fascinating to watch, Jan, I'm really glad I got chance to see it xx

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  7. Great pics. We were at Heathrow waiting for our flight when the eclipse happened. It would have been amazing to see. it looks like you view was pretty clear considering a lot of the country was under really thick cloud.

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    1. Yes, we were very lucky to see it. It was quite cloudy and the sun kept disappearing, though fortunately the clouds were moving so I was able to take the photos. It rained heavily later on too, so we were especially lucky that the weather was dry in the morning xx

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