Just before the eclipse was to begin, the cats remained awake, ears perked up, listening and watching the unseen. I watched as their breath was steady, but ever so slightly quickened. I wonder how they react to such a phenomena? The quiet is amazing outside. Stillness except for the whir of a car on our country road. It’s as if we are all holding our breath for the big reveal – the darkness of the moon’s passing over the sun on a summer’s day. In quiet anticipation, I await as I assume so many on our planet do at this moment. Await the experience, even though I am not in the direct line of view where I live. It is the experience of being outside with the world as darkness falls for a few precious moments and life is reset.
From inside our home, I see nothing different outside as I check my watch. I still see the sunlight dappled on the ground, peeking through the leaves of the trees. I know I have to look for the crescent-shaped shadows when it’s time. I only hope I can get a photo or two to show you. The eclipse is slated to begin at 1:20pm in my area, to peak at 2:45pm and to end at 4pm. It is only 1pm and my limbs feel heavy suddenly. Is it my imagination or is it a real feeling from the Universe? Did you have any reactions as the eclipse time grew nearer? I would love to hear how you spent the eclipse time? I didn’t get glasses so I won’t be looking directly into the sun as I value my eyesight.
The winds have picked up. I can see the leaves dancing on the limbs of the trees outside my window. It feels like the anticipation before Christmas morning. The sky grows dimmer. It’s now 1:18pm. It is silent except for the whispering of the wind through the trees. Even the farmer across the street has stopped his tractor in the corn fields. Outside it’s beginning to look like the darkening of the skies before a summer thunderstorm. I’m not sure why I’m so riled up about the eclipse. It feels like a giant present to the Universe for me to witness. You know, like when you’ve bought the perfect gift for a loved one and they are about to open it and you just know they’re going to be so surprised and love it?
I watch a car stop across the street. A teenage boy gets out, puts on his solar eclipse glasses and looks up to the sky. Since I don’t have glasses, I wonder what he sees if anything yet? Is it too early to see a change?
Meanwhile, at the same time in Los Angeles, a friend sent this photo:
No need to wear sunglasses now. Skies are darkening overhead slowly, but steadily. I await hungrily in anticipation. Do you?
2pm Cats meowing relentlessly. Do they feel it? Do you? Do your pets? What was their reactions, if any? Outside the light is fading. No sunshine to see. No shadows on the ground. Willow tree gently sways in the gentle breeze. No birds are chirping. No movement from any animals either. Are they resting? Do they think evening is here already?
And then all grows eerily quiet.
I guess my Universal gift was that I was able to photograph the eclipse because of the cloud cover. However, I am dismayed that I never got a shot of the crescent-shaped shadows on the ground though. Thank goodness my friend sent me a photo earlier in the day which I shared here.
It may have been the big reveal that wasn’t such a big reveal, but as you read through my two posts about my experiences, perhaps you’ll share yours.
What’s the big reveal to me?
I think it’s the unity in experience that counts.
Each person’s experience is one’s own,
even when it’s as universal as seeing an eclipse in the sky
over our planet Earth.
Our dogs were pretty bored with the whole thing. They refused to wear their protective glasses. The puppy slept quite soundly. They humans hurrahed when totality occurred pretty awesome. We traveled home last night; I’ll check out pictures then.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing Karel! It amazing to me that those pups didn’t want to wear their glasses! 🙂
Greetings from SC, land of totality and massive traffic jams. The world returns to normal today, except for chiropractors who are busy treating countless sore necks from all the gawking. We had almost three minutes of darkness here and our four dogs, while inside didn’t notice a thing.
How funny Ray that the dogs didn’t notice! I was supposed to be in Greenville for it, but couldn’t make the trip. I heard it was wonderful! But the traffic was insane! Did you get good photos? I’m going to stop over to your blog now to see if you’ve posted!
Sorry. I boycotted the event and ran some errands… the roads and stores were empty. I’ll DM some photos a friend took.
Are you on FB?
Our dog Spot was pretty spooky most of the day, Link and our cat May not so much. When I went outside and did some movement with music I just loved the energy – so soft! For a few hours most of the world was focused on something positive and it was so lovely!
It was so lovely, wasn’t it? To think we were all united in seeing the eclipse – and hopefully all with positivity! How wonderful. Thanks for sharing about your pets. I guess it was universally so with them being a little spooky.
We have annual passes to Kennedy Space Center . . . so we went yesterday for the Solar Eclipse Day festivities.
The most amazing thing to me was how much cooler it was when the eclipse was at its peak (about 83% coverage by the moon) ~> the temperature dropped from the 90’s into the 80’s. Aah . . . that’s better!
We here in Nashville, had totality for two minutes and it was a sight to behold. I think what struck me the most was how quickly it darkened and then at the end of totality, how quickly it became light again. I thought it would be a more gradual process. It amazed me that such a very thin sliver of sun could produce so much light (both just prior to totality and after)!! I enjoyed this whole event! Oh and my cats acted no differently.
Thanks for the report Gail about the cats! And what a sight to behold for the eclipse in your area! I wish I had been there with you! Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Wonderful. It’s as if I was there with you!
Thank you! I think we were all together as a planet of people united!