Thursday, August 24, 2017

Responding To The Eclipse

               We're gathering for Poetry Friday today thanks to our host,  Jone MacCulloch at Check It Out!
         I traveled last week to my brother and sister-in-law's home in mid-Missouri to see the eclipse. My daughter and granddaughters joined us on the weekend. Being on their small farm and then traveling to their antique store in nearby Boonville, Missouri to see the eclipse made it all a wondrous trip. There are words aplenty to describe our experience, but I've chosen only a few in response. This town is by the Missouri River; the bridge walkway was where we viewed the eclipse. FYI - Our totality was about 1:18 pm.




fingernail shadow
premiers the eclipse, patient
viewers wait, watch, wait
totality delivers
dusk - birds nest, cicadas sing  
Linda Baie (c)All Rights Reserved

they napped after lunch
no one believes I saw a sunset
Linda Baie (c)All Rights Reserved

36 comments:

  1. One thing that made my own eclipse-chasing Monday so special was thinking about my PF friends who were caught up in the same kind of wonder, in different parts of the country - I loved that your Eclipse Day was multi-generational! Thanks for the pictures and poems - "no one believes I saw a sunset" is a simply gorgeous line.

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    1. I was so glad to read about your experience, Robyn, and loved being in touch with others across the nation. It truly was amazing. Thanks!

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  2. How wonderful to share the eclipse with grandkids, children, and siblings! I too love that line, "no one believes I saw a sunset." It was an amazing experience.

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    1. It was lovely to be with everyone, I agree, and we're so glad we went to join my brother. Thanks, Buffy!

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  3. Ahh that sunset! Love the poems and the shared family experience. And antique shopping to boot! What lovely memories....xo

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    1. Thanks, Irene, I imagine you would love this antique shop!

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  4. Loved experiencing the eclipse through your eyes. Here it was only about 60% and no difference at all in the sky, or the birds, or the bugs.

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    1. It really was just as had been shared, Diane. The temperature dropped also just as it does in the evening. Amazing transformation. Thanks!

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  5. What a cool photo of your granddaughters gazing up into the sky! It captures the wonder of the eclipse perfect. So glad you were able to party with family, Linda. (I made a pinhole camera out of a shoebox and squinted at the back of it to view our 88% eclipse. It did get noticeably dimmer--a strange dimness--and cooler. But totality was far more wonder-full, I'm sure!)

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    1. Yet at 88%, you did get a sense of it, it seems. Glad to hear how that was, Violet. It was amazing to see, and the girls loved it too. We've been talking about this trip for a long time, and it did not disappoint!

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  6. What a wonderful experience! I love the action of the wait...watch..wait. You captured it beautifully.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. That's really what we did, that "watching and waiting".

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  7. You know the first thing I noticed in your post today, was the joy! Then the skinned knee and elbow, and the tongue. What a moment in time, regardless of the eclipse!

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    1. It was joyous, Donna, & when I saw the pic, I loved that that skinned knee was captured. That's childhood captured, isn't it? Thank you!

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  8. All the memories that were made in that brief moment! We wrung it out for all that it was worth, but are looking forward to a nearby totality in 2024! I'm going to be as prepared as Buffy was!

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    1. ...but I'll also have a colander at hand, as well! lol

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    2. As I wrote earlier, we've been talking and learning about this eclipse for a long time, and it was amazing. I loved hearing about the camera-ready things Buffy shared, too! I hope I can have a camera that will take those amazing pics! Thanks, Mary Lee. I liked the colander shadow pics people posted, too!

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  9. What a fun way to experience the eclipse with your family! Love your little response poems with patient viewers and an unbelievable sunset.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret, It was a wonder of a time!

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  10. Linda, thank you for sharing your eclipse experience. Noticing, wondering, and celebrating the experience with your grandchildren sounds like a "life-living moment" to me. I think both poems are special. Would you like to sign them, add a location, and send them in for my Sunkissed Summer Gallery?

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    1. Thanks, Carol, it really was a special time! Will send!

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  11. What wondrous words and images to capture and remember a wondrous event. How fun to experience it with so many of your family. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Kay. It is a time I needed to write about!

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  12. Sounds very special, Linda! Glad you were able to be together for the patient waiting and watching. It is wonderful to see everyone so excited about science and nature!

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    1. We've downloaded apps, done other research, so much fun. It was exciting to learn and experience this, Tabatha. I heard one group all together on the bridge celebrate and yell "in two years, Argentina!" Such fun.

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  13. You captured the event so beautifully in this snapshot of a post, Linda! While I'm kind of sorry we didn't drive north 5 hours or so to see totality, we did get 89% and I enjoyed watching my kids experience it for the first time with their "3D" glasses and bowls of popcorn. :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. 89% is very close, & being together watching sounds like a very good time.

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  14. I feel like we've missed the party, here in Australia. Eclipsed by... the eclipse! :P

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    1. Hope you have a chance to see one someday, Kat.

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  15. The eclipse provided so much to write about. (I still am working on my poem) Love the photos of your grandgirls.

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    1. Looking forward to your poem, Jone. It was an amazing experience! Thanks!

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  16. Your grandbabies are such darlings!

    The eclipse itself was a bit of a bust here (we weren't really in the right location), but there was still a really wonderful party atmosphere downtown as crowds happily gathered to experience it together!

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    1. We were in a town filled with so many from other places and it was wonderful. Glad to hear about your time regardless of the sight, Jane. Thanks!

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  17. What a great photo and poem. I am so jealous. We were no where near totality and had no glasses, but perhaps in 2024....

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