Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Blame It On The Moon

My cousin told me I've been low energy lately because the solar eclipse was sapping my chi like a Dementor. I should mention the site she read this on had an article about the world ending next month.
We weren't in the path of totality but were able to wait out the clouds under table umbrellas in close to proximity to hot food and cold drinks. The prospect of making the 6-and-a-half-hour drive to *Carbondale wasn't as appealing to me as the chance of nearby parking and the certainty of clean bathrooms (so the Monona Terrace it was).
The crowd cheered when the clouds parted and we saw the black moon push across the saffron sun. I can't imagine what it felt like to be engulfed in complete and sudden darkness because being on a rooftop overlooking the lake munching fries put me, wait for it, over the moon.































*Carbondale, IL, the closest place in the path of totality

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  1. ...I know that I'm a strange guy, but this eclipse stuff just didn't speak to me! I guess just 'blame it on the moon.' Perhaps the next time, but who knows how many next times I'll have. Samantha is new to me! Thanks a bunch for stopping by, I hope that there will be a next time!

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    1. I didn't pay much attention until my cousin got me interested in this viewing party and then we couldn't find glasses. It became a whole thing after that. Her band will be in La Crosse, WI soon. I'm tempted to go, but it's a hike.

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  2. This is cool! Everybody looks very into what was happening on the sky. We had cloudy skies in Los Angeles too. Anyway, people were watching from the windows (we are on floor 9) and the atmosphere was a party one.

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    1. It was such an appreciative crowd at a perfect place to view. I thought it was going to rain which is why I made a bee line for a table with an umbrella. Cloudy skies are not the norm in LA, but the ninth floor seems like a good place to watch and party.

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  3. How interesting that you photographed all the people looking at the eclipse- love it

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    1. Better than spending all that money on filters and lenses only to have it rain or something.

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  4. Glad you got to enjoy a partial eclipse!

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    1. It was a nice break in the day, Lady F.

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  5. Wow, you drove 6 1/2 hours for this! But you did get to see it- yay. Love that you took shots of several people - the "solar" one is neat too! Many thanks for sharing this adventure with All Seasons! Here it was cloudy until sunset, and I could tell when the eclipse was, because it suddenly got cooler (I had read that that would happen). Have a great rest of the week!
    Really appreciate your comment - you're the only one up till now who reacted to the Peruvian music! When reading that some leaves are already turning where you live, I thought noooh, I'm not ready!

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    1. Driving that far to get stuck in traffic in an eight-year-old SUV may not be the last thing I'd want to do but it's right up there w/golf and hard core techno. I opted for the comfort of a rooftop terrace in downtown Madison. It looked like it was going to rain and the clouds took about 15 minutes or so to let us see the partial eclipse, but it was fun and about all I could handle after a draining week. Sorry it was cloudy there too, that's what Ruth was saying in the comments above about LA. That's interesting about it getting cooler, I didn't notice, too busy eating snacks. I remember that day in the park in Lake Mills and it was such sweet music.

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    1. Thanks, an excuse to pack a lunch and eat on the terrace rooftop.

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  7. Nice photos we didn't get to se eit here in London but we saw it on the news and everyone enjoying it :-)

    Have an eclipsetastic week :-)

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    1. A partial eclipsetastic week you mean, haha. They showed this couple coming all the way from Australia to see the total eclipse and it was too cloudy. So glad I saw something and it took about 10 minutes to get there.

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  8. I loved the music while looking at the eclipse through your eyes. I think the hours in the car was worth it don't you?

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    1. It's about ten minutes from my place to the Monona Terrace where we watched the partial eclipse, L&V, and yes, it was worth it, lol.

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  9. Your pictures are so cute -- I have a post ready for tomorrow with crap pictures of the total eclipse.... my words and photos don't do the experience justice, but it was amazing. I didn't mention it, but a decent bathroom facility was a requirement for the location we picked. We had the travel van but we also had company along and knew they'd prefer more privacy than it affords.

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    1. I'll wait to read it before I start to ask you questions. I took some pics with my phone and it just looks like a cloudy day, maybe I'll post one next time for the heck of it. Yeah my list includes a viable parking spot, chairs, bathrooms and in this case freedom to pack a lunch and buy from a vendor. Plus since I was sure it was going to rain, a table with an umbrella. It was kind of amazing, especially when the clouds parted and you could see something with the glasses.

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    2. Ask away after you recover from looking at my awful pix. Still they prove we were there.

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    3. Ha ha, I just put up a crappy camera phone post taken during a cloudy partial eclipse.

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    4. Now I can't remember what I was going to ask, something about you have a bathroom in your travel van for starters.

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  10. It was a partial eclipse of 80 percent in my neck of the woods but it was exciting nevertheless. I was able to actually see the moon shadow only with those special glasses on and it didn’t get dark. As you’ve shown here, pictures of people looking, participating and excited about life can be awesome too.

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    1. 85% here and I thought it was pretty exciting as well. You are brave to use your camera, I used my phone without a filter and no problems but no good photos either. You got some very cool shots, PP.

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  11. We were in the totality path and I've got to say it was pretty amazing! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

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    1. That is amazing and you'll treasure the videos forever I bet.

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    1. Got an error message when I tried your link, Ann.

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  13. Everyone looks like they are having fun.

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    1. It's a pretty happy place on the lake with bubblers and bathrooms and concession stands and chairs and umbrellas and all.

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  14. Hello, fun photos. It seems like eclipse day was a big party. We had cloudy skies and missed the eclipse views. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

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    1. It was an excuse for people to take long lunches and do crafts projects outside, Eileen. I thought it was lots of fun and the perfect start to the week.

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  15. This looks like a great eclipse viewing to me! Great food, cold drinks and clean bathrooms are a must! Seriously! Thanks for linking up today!

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    1. Better than getting stuck in traffic for sure.

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  16. Sorry for my late visit... but awesome photos! I love seeing all the people looking up and enjoying the spectacle! Thanks for your comments on my "kidney bean" post.

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