It was a beautiful morning. A clear sky with some pleasant sunshine. By about 9:45 AM, the moon had already covered around 25% of the sun. If not for the special glasses that enabled you to actually look at the sun, you wouldn’t have even noticed the giant sphere beginning to dim the fiery illumination.
As the moon continued to gradually creep across the beams of sunlight, there was no change in the ambient light until the ancient celestial body was approximately 90% into it’s star-obscuring journey. Suddenly, darkness began to cross the landscape as the moon reached totality, cooling the air around us. It was then finally safe to remove the protective glasses and gaze at this wonder…but for just a moment.
The image was no less fantastic than seeing a giant diamond ring suspended in the sky. This brief, rare event, was an experience not to be forgotten. It was as if the world froze for a moment. The moon then gave way for the light of the sun to return–along with the hustle and bustle of an average day–as if what we saw in the sky was nothing more than a phantom.
I hope you enjoy these two photographs we took. They may not capture what it truly feels like to see something so spectacular with your own eyes, but they are interesting nonetheless.
– Ariana Richards