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Escape From Totality -- Glendo, Wyoming The total solar eclipse of 2017 in North America as seen from...
Escape From Totality -- Glendo, Wyoming
The total solar eclipse of 2017 in North America as seen from the vicinity of Glendo, Wyoming yesterday... This was taken just a few seconds after totality had ended, as the first burst of rays appeared over the edge of the moon. Totality itself was an incredible experience, but I thought the first few seconds just past totality were the most photographically interesting , because there's simply more going on, visually. You can even see a few solar flares in the 12 to 3 o'clock position.

It was amazing how instantly the entire experience changed between 99% totality and 100% totality. You knew the very instant that complete totality had been reached because it was literally as if someone had just flipped the light switch off, and everything changed from pseudo-daylight to pre-dawn in an instant, with the exception that the entire horizon (all 360º of it) glowed with a pre-dawn glow rather than just the eastern horizon. Crickets started chirping. The temperature dropped noticeably. The wind stopped. And it was altogether one of the most surreal experiences I've ever had. My only regret was that it was all so brief and rushed - my fingers were flying trying to find the best combination of camera settings and take as many photos as possible, and I was also doing my darnedest to just experience it as well. I was able to do both, but not with the leisure or calm I would've liked. Totality only lasted for 2 minutes and 27 seconds from my location.

At any rate, if you've never experienced a total eclipse, then it's totally worth doing so if you ever have the opportunity (no pun intended). :-)

#eclipse #eclipse2017 #solareclipse #totality #totallyawesome #solarflares
Become Your Own Guardian -- Fort Collins, Colorado “She'd grown up hearing about epic battles between...
Become Your Own Guardian -- Fort Collins, Colorado
“She'd grown up hearing about epic battles between Guardians and demons, of legendary Wardens and their brave fight to keep the nocturnis at bay. To her, it all had the air of fairy tales, history through the lens of the Brothers Grimm. She listened to the tales the same way she listened to Beowulf, and had the same expectation of ever featuring in one of those famous battles as of facing Grendel's mother in a Scandinavian swamp.
Yet here she was, not just fighting the forces of evil but somehow tied to her very own Guardian, acting for all intents and purposes like the Warden she had once dreamed of becoming.”
― Christine Warren, Hard as a Rock

This is the gargoyle that guards my back yard. The squirrels won't go near him, and it took a while for my dogs to feel comfortable around him. But everything is peaceful in my back yard and so far no mountains have fallen on the house. So far. ;-)

#gargoyle #statue #sculpture #guardian #youlookinatme #comealittlecloser
Darkness cannot drive out darkness
In memory of the victims of the Orlando night club shooting...

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the victims and their friends and family members...
Visitation
Visitation -- Fort Collins, Colorado
Dragonfly, dragonfly, sitting in the sun,
What are you thinking and why have you come?
Where are you going and where have you been,
And will you ever come back and visit me again?
-- S.M.

This beautiful dragonfly was flitting about my backyard one sunny day, and landed for a few moments on the tip of this aspen branch to sun himself. I saw him again a few times over the next day or so, and then he was gone. :-)

For +OdonataPoker curated by +viviane godenne and +ColorsOnFriday curated by +Karsten Meyer and #BuggyFriday  curated by +Dorothy Pugh...
Bringing Home The Gold -- Fort Collins, Colorado "Like trains of cars on tracks of plush I hear the ...
Bringing Home The Gold -- Fort Collins, Colorado
"Like trains of cars on tracks of plush
I hear the level bee:
A jar across the flowers goes,
Their velvet masonry

Withstands until the sweet assault
Their chivalry consumes,
While he, victorious, tilts away
To vanquish other blooms.

His feet are shod with gauze,
His helmet is of gold;
His breast, a single onyx
With chrysoprase, inlaid.

His labor is a chant,
His idleness a tune;
Oh, for a bee's experience
Of clovers and of noon!"

-- Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), The Bee

A pollen-dusted honeybee mines a dandelion in my backyard last summer...
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