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:
A friend in Los Angeles just sent this photo of the crescent-shaped shadows on concrete. Cool!
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?
Clouds have darkened the sky. Only a sliver of blue remains and the sun is covered by dark clouds.
Suddenly three geese burst forth honking on their way across the sky.
And then all grows eerily quiet.
Until the clouds part for the briefest of moments and voila! I capture the eclipse!
And then again, two seconds later!
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.