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The Solar Eclipse started at 9:05 a.m. on Monday the 21st here in N. California. One of the things I really wanted to do was show how dark it got as the moon moved between the sun and the earth. What I was not prepared for, and I have heard several people exclaim this same thing, was at the Eclipse's totality the sky and earth was really dark. However in our case, and perhaps others, the moon did not quite cover the sun due to our location. What transpired was this golden dark effect on the horizon. This was at the darkest point of the Eclipse, looking across the meadows and the Siskiyou Mountains. With the Eclipse starting at just after 9:00 a.m., the totality was at 10:20 a.m. with the moon then making it's journey off the sun on the opposite side it began. Another surprising thing was how fast the temperature dropped..alot.  By 9:20 it had already cooled considerably even with a small partial coverage. At the 10:20 mark of this photo, the temperature had gone from  around 85 degrees F. to at least 60 degrees F.  if not even cooler. It was really crazy and hard to wrap your head around it, realizing just how little it would take to bring on a potentially life threatening situation on Earth; for example a huge volcanoe eruption like Mt. St. Helens in Washington which could cause a "nuclear winter". Also, mornings are known around here for all the birds out feeding and singing their beautiful songs. As soon as the Eclipse started it became eerily quiet and a keen squirrel, who was making it's way across the front fence, stopped dead in his tracks, looked around, looked at me, then took off running for cover like his life depended on it. All in all it was magnificent..but also very strange and I wondered if thats why my cats were totally bonkers the night before.

#onlyinnortherncalifornia
#norcalhiking, #blmwild
#mypubliclands, #usinterior
#yourpubliclands

The Solar Eclipse started at 9:05 a.m. on Monday the 21st here in N. California. One of the things I really wanted to do was show how dark it got as the moon moved between the sun and the earth. What I was not prepared for, and I have heard several people exclaim this same thing, was at the Eclipse's totality the sky and earth was really dark. However in our case, and perhaps others, the moon did not quite cover the sun due to our location. What transpired was this golden dark effect on the horizon. This was at the darkest point of the Eclipse, looking across the meadows and the Siskiyou Mountains. With the Eclipse starting at just after 9:00 a.m., the totality was at 10:20 a.m. with the moon then making it's journey off the sun on the opposite side it began. Another surprising thing was how fast the temperature dropped..alot. By 9:20 it had already cooled considerably even with a small partial coverage. At the 10:20 mark of this photo, the temperature had gone from around 85 degrees F. to at least 60 degrees F. if not even cooler. It was really crazy and hard to wrap your head around it, realizing just how little it would take to bring on a potentially life threatening situation on Earth; for example a huge volcanoe eruption like Mt. St. Helens in Washington which could cause a "nuclear winter". Also, mornings are known around here for all the birds out feeding and singing their beautiful songs. As soon as the Eclipse started it became eerily quiet and a keen squirrel, who was making it's way across the front fence, stopped dead in his tracks, looked around, looked at me, then took off running for cover like his life depended on it. All in all it was magnificent..but also very strange and I wondered if thats why my cats were totally bonkers the night before. #onlyinnortherncalifornia  #norcalhiking , #blmwild  #mypubliclands , #usinterior  #yourpubliclands 

3 Comments:

  1. grannydot16

    It helps understands why people used to be terrified of events such as an eclipse. And why an eclipse plus surrounding events such as the temperature drop made people fear the significance - eg did this herald the end of the world.

  2. splashesanddashesofyellow

    Eclipses are so surreal.

  3. maureen_tc

    Thank you for that explanation.😎🇦🇺

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