Seattle hit 92% occlusion in the eclipse today, and while my pinhole camera was a bit of a bust, nature gave me an assist in the most incredible leaf-shadow patterns. I’ve never seen anything like this on the walkway.
I’m not quite sure what I expected, but this wasn’t it. I think maybe I thought it would be like dusk, and it wasn’t at all–no hazyness, no redness. It was a little more like light through stormclouds, only without any clouds; blue-gold summer sunlight turning blue-white and then dark silver, but shadow edges totally crisp and clean the way they aren’t in a storm. A pure, clear darkening, nothing muddled or hazy. Like the light of an alien planet.
The birds were very confused.
And now we’re on the other side and the light is coming back golden again. A few of my friends traveled to areas where they could see the total eclipse, the black sky and corona, but I’m not disappointed that I didn’t. It was enough here to be suddenly intensely aware of the planet as a planet, of the sun as a star, of the movement of the moon and the earth.