Partial solar eclipse leaves wondrous crescent shadows on a windsurf sailIn our little corner of the galaxy here on Planet Earth, lucky folks on the North American continent got to see perhaps a once-in-a- lifetime experience, a total solar eclipse.

The eclipse painted sublime, crescent-shaped pools of light filtered through the trees onto a nearby windsurf sail in the above featured image.

I regret somewhat that I didn’t make the 9 hour drive north to the Portland/Salem Oregon area, but things in my corner of the world got in the way. Hopefully you are not too sick of eclipse photos, but I wanted to save it for this week’s photo challenge in which the theme is Corner. Hey, I made it work!

August was quite the cosmic show with the annual Perseid meteor shower, a total solar eclipse, and the full moon called “The Sturgeon Moon” as described by The Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Did you know there was also a partial lunar eclipse on August 7th? It was viewed best from South Africa in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Cornered Moon
Play of light gives an autumn moon a twin!

I had to include the smokey sunset at the delta the evening before the eclipse.

Unsuspecting sun setting in a smokey haze
Unsuspecting sun setting in a smokey haze on the eve of the eclipse.

Cosmic events inspire endless news stories as well as themes for songs in popular music. Bonnie Tyler was not the only one to sing about a total eclipse.

I’ll leave you with a few lines from Pink Floyd’s Eclipse. I’m linking this to Hugh’s 51 Songs-51 Weeks Challenge.   

“All that is now and all that is gone, and all that’s to come; And everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon.” Lyrics by Pink Floyd

Here is the song:

What do you think? Does this song bring back any memories? One meaning I take away from this song is the impact our small moon has over our planet, and in rare instances, can eclipse the mighty sun, even if for a few moments. Even the small, insignificant things in our lives can bring life-altering change.

I have always been fascinated with the cosmos and astronomy. Humans have only scratched the surface of what lies within our own solar system, much less the universe.

If you are still amazed at eclipse photos, consider checking these out the Best Shots of the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

Have an astronomically fabulous weekend!

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32 thoughts on “Cosmic Corners

  1. Absolutely love the light on the wind surf sail. I had to do a double take to figure out what it was because me first impression was that I was looking up at the sky into a group of buildings. Nicely done. Wish I’d been home for the eclipse.

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  2. Great pics! I saw the eclipse down in Pismo Beach, of all places (we had work there), so I missed the Sacramento scene. We had worries of overcast which I’m sure you guys didn’t, but it all worked out okay for us. The crescent of sun was fun to see live, although our photos didn’t really capture it. Still, a memorable experience. 🙂

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  3. I am so bummed that I missed it! I only live 2 hours away from one of the locations, and in my home city we had something like 92 percent totality, but I am currently living in Germany and so we had no view of this event. Watching it on tv just wasn’t the same, but my two older boys who stayed back in the states took their grandmother to see it. They loved it!

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  4. Great shots Ter. Yes, this year has had many different eclipses, full moons, and retrogrades. Is it any wonder the world is reverberating from all these mismatched energies? 🙂

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  5. The eclipse made me feel how very small I am but how big the universe is – for the sun to be eclipsed by the moon, even if only for a few minutes, and even if only because of a particular place in orbit – makes me realize how much there is to be grateful for, and how much there is to be done. Never too many eclipse photos.

    Great photos, really wonderful.

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  6. No, not tired of hearing about the eclipse, Terri. I only wish I could have seen it. I did hear of some people who travelled from the UK to go and watch it, and I wondered why I hadn’t thought about that! I did also see a news clip showing some lucky folk who were up in an aeroplane and the first to see the eclipse out over the Pacific. Now, why didn’t I think of that? 😀
    Love the photography and the patterns the eclipse made. I’ve also seen some videos on YouTube showing how those patterned seemed to dance across the ground. All magical stuff. Beats Harry Potter any day. 😀
    Thanks so much for linking to my musical feature. Great choice of song.

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  7. Here in Charleston we had lots of clouds which occasionally let the partial eclipse peek through and then right at totality the skies cleared and there it was in all it’s glory. Somehow not knowing if the clouds would clear in time made the event that much more memorable!! I’m planning to see the next one, how about you LOL?!?!?

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