Glowing eclipse

Tuesday morning was an unusual day in that we saw a partial eclipse of the sun.

I tried to capture the sun by hanging out of the bedroom window. No success as it was hidden behind the horizon.

But I was rewarded by a pink candy striped sky. A trumpet call announcing the start of the eclipse.

Then it gradually got darker and an eerie light crept across the sky

Making the bare tree branches glitter with remarkable light

And painting the sky with lovely swathes of glowing sepia.

A long time ago – so long that I can’t remember which country I was in at the time but I know it was a country far away – I did experience a total eclipse of the sun. It was in the time before global media and the Internet so I had no idea it was coming. The sun disappeared; the world went horribly dark in the middle of the day. It was terrifying and amazing all at the same time.

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59 responses

  1. I can’t remember the last time I experienced an eclipse. Many years.

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    January 6, 2011 at 16:31

  2. Such an amazing light, beautiful. Thank you

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    January 6, 2011 at 16:44

  3. Beautiful pink and golden skies and lovely reminiscence! It’s easy to understand why ancient peoples thought that the world was ending during an eclipse. Imagine not only not reading about it in advance but also not even ever learning what it was.

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    January 6, 2011 at 16:46

  4. Ah yes, we had the eclipse too. I was driving to work and as the sun was very low I took a short glimpse at it and could clearly se the eclipse – and as you say, the light was different, almost liquid gold spilling into silver. Unfortunately I simply could not take any pictures, as it would require a black film (screen) and I did not have one.;)
    Your images are as always simply gorgeous.;)
    xoxo.

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    January 6, 2011 at 17:13

  5. So glad you captured this special moment and shared with us…what a moment, what a sight!!
    Thank you!!

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    January 6, 2011 at 17:53

  6. thank you sharing this,
    it’s spectacular

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    January 6, 2011 at 18:32

  7. Riet

    Such beautiful pictures.The colour of the sky is gorgeous.I tried to catch the eclipse as well but my lens wasn’t right for it. I wasn’t really prepared.

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    January 6, 2011 at 19:24

  8. I want to see an eclipse one day!

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    January 6, 2011 at 19:46

  9. Maggie May

    Although I didn’t witness this recent eclipse, I do remember when I was a child and there was a total eclipse. It went really dark in the middle of the afternoon and all the birds started to panic. It also went very cold quite quickly, even though it was summer. I should think the whole thing only took a few minutes.

    I love your photos and also of the children in the post below.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    January 6, 2011 at 20:06

  10. Oh such lovely photos! There’s something about bare branches against a colorful sky that intrigues me.

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    January 6, 2011 at 20:34

  11. yeah imagine the primitive cultures and their reaction to them…they must think something is eating the sun….cool pics…

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    January 6, 2011 at 20:51

  12. Buona serata e buon anno 2011 🙂
    Myriam

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    January 6, 2011 at 23:31

  13. Fi these are beautiful images…so full of mystery. I remember as a small child in elementary school that here was a total eclipse of the sun and we all filed out of the school building to watch, but were warned sternly not to look directly at the sun because it would harm our eyes…so I remember squinting very carefully…it was quite amazing!

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    January 7, 2011 at 00:09

  14. I love sky transfiguring from pastels to dusky then sepia and gold. The sky… as changeable as our hearts, no? Thank you!

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    January 7, 2011 at 02:57

  15. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the effects of that complete an eclipse. I think the partial light is eerie (and beautiful) but sudden unexplained dark would be terrifying.

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    January 7, 2011 at 04:22

  16. Gorgeous photos, you are very talented you know!!!

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    January 7, 2011 at 04:33

    • Blush again! Although I was lucky enough to see some lovely light…

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      January 7, 2011 at 14:40

  17. You capture the changing mood as the light shifts, Fi – beautifully done!

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    January 7, 2011 at 06:10

  18. the last one is awesome

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    January 7, 2011 at 06:28

  19. Spectacular. But I suspect a lot of the credit also goes to your photography skill.

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    January 7, 2011 at 07:01

    • Blush – you’re too kind.

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      January 7, 2011 at 14:38

  20. Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
    thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work

    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 26

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    January 7, 2011 at 07:47

  21. Those are interesting colours of your photos Fi. Of course we never saw the eclipse. I remember a full eclipse as a kid, about 5pm in summer. It was both exciting and scary, so I know what you mean. – Dave

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    January 7, 2011 at 08:18

  22. beautiful skies. the tree silhouette makes it more dramatic. i’ve seen an eclipse once but it was at night so the darkness wasn’t scary. it would be a frightening experience at the middle of the day.

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    January 7, 2011 at 08:36

  23. oh Fiona..very nice shots…the same view for different perspectives.
    congrats

    (I did not create the background)

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    January 7, 2011 at 09:14

  24. those colors are FABULOUS!

    You did an incredible job capturing the moment.

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    January 7, 2011 at 11:41

  25. Happy Friday!

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    January 7, 2011 at 12:23

  26. I remember my first eclipse, too. It was during grade school and we knew it was coming, but the darkness that settled on us in the middle of the day was still, like you said, eery!

    Lovely morning photos! I’m glad you didn’t fall out the window 🙂

    Happy friday!

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    January 7, 2011 at 14:00

  27. Lovely photos. I love the changing light during an eclipse. That eerie twilight in the middle of the day…

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    January 7, 2011 at 14:18

  28. That is a great experience framed so well.

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    January 7, 2011 at 15:43

  29. Lovely shots. I especially like the framing.

    It seems like it has been a long time since I last experienced a total eclipse.

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    January 7, 2011 at 15:45

  30. hi lady fi!
    i love how the colors gradually changes from pink to yellowish.
    distinctive shots indeed. ^0^
    and nice compositions.

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    January 7, 2011 at 15:51

  31. Lovely pictures, at the time of the partial eclipse I was in a meeting 😦

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    January 7, 2011 at 15:59

  32. I love the shots you did get, even if you missed the actual eclipse! Imagine what it must have been like, way back when people did not know what caused an eclipse, if you found it so terrifying!

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    January 7, 2011 at 17:01

  33. Beautiful shots and a beautiful description of your eclipse experience.

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    January 7, 2011 at 18:31

  34. Return to Norway

    Beautiful photos!

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    January 7, 2011 at 18:43

  35. Beautiful! The colors are so wonderful and such contrast with the bare trees.

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    January 7, 2011 at 19:22

  36. Beautifully captured and deligthful addition to Sky Watch Friday, thanks for sharing

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    January 7, 2011 at 20:58

  37. Beautiful pictures and I love the colors !!
    Happy SkyWatch and greeting from Holland,
    Anna

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    January 7, 2011 at 21:59

  38. it looks like a special morning. 🙂 I had no luck at all. It was all clouded. Nothing to see at all. Glad you had that gorgeous light.

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    January 7, 2011 at 23:25

  39. I enjoyed everything you shared today. So glad you were able to capture the various stages of the eclipse.

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    January 8, 2011 at 00:21

  40. Great shots here.
    It’s amazing the transitions that a sky can go through in a couple of minutes

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    January 8, 2011 at 01:57

  41. Beautiful sky shots of an amazing event. I did experience a total eclipse about 18 or so years ago when my older son was in first grade. I remember taking him out of school so that he could witness it through a shadow box. The sky was indeed incredibly different but beautiful.

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    January 8, 2011 at 02:33

  42. This is a gorgeous sky watch post … and I must put your blog in my sidebar so I can catch more of your amazing photography! I love the quotes you choose as well.
    ~Enjoy a lovely weekend!
    Maria

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    January 8, 2011 at 03:08

  43. Cloudia

    Very Cool

    Aloha from Hawaii

    Comfort Spiral

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    January 8, 2011 at 04:28

  44. The most amazing eclipse I ever saw was in Fiji on my 50th birthday. We were on an island and it was incredible. I felt so close to the universe.

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    January 8, 2011 at 05:15

  45. I have never experienced a total eclipse… The pics are magical… Nature ta its best!

    My Yatra Diary…

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    January 8, 2011 at 06:12

  46. Amy

    An eclipse on Tuesday? I thought there was an eclipse a couple weeks ago in the middle of the night which I missed?? Was there another?? Oh man, I need to start paying better attention…ever know someone who walks around in life in a daze…lalalalalala….well, now you do!! Beautiful photos though..I love trees against a colorful sky!

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    January 8, 2011 at 09:01

  47. I love the way you’ve caught the changing colors on the sky. And what dramatic changes! Love the tones! I did see a partial eclipse a long time ago but ‘digital’ was unheard of then!

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    January 8, 2011 at 10:47

  48. Lucky you! Wonderful pictures and great light! I did not see the eclipse from here..

    Wish you a blessed new year! Hugs from Tania

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    January 8, 2011 at 12:21

  49. Beautiful colors of the sky you have captured!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Yoshi

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    January 8, 2011 at 18:21

  50. You got some great sky photos! I was wondering what you would be able to see..I have only seen one..and that was along time ago..I was a child..I found it fascinating:)

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    January 8, 2011 at 22:06

  51. Hi, love the penciled tree branches and behind
    this wonderful glow.
    It is a long time since I saw a complete eclipse of the sun, but I remember we had to put on very dark sunglasses.
    Part solar eclipses are occurring
    every year, at least two, up to five.
    Eclipse chasers are called “umbraphiles”!
    The last complete eclipes was on july the 11. 2010.

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    January 9, 2011 at 02:46

  52. Gorgeous shots. The light is perfect.

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    January 9, 2011 at 09:31

  53. I can’t imagine how it must have felt to have a “surprise” eclipse of the sun!

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    January 10, 2011 at 02:39

  54. B-E-A-Utiful!!

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    January 11, 2011 at 06:16

  55. I dream of capturing moments such as these!

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    January 11, 2011 at 06:17

  56. GORGEOUS photos Lady Fi!!! Love the top and bottom ones especially!!!

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    January 12, 2011 at 02:57

  57. Lovely colours again.

    We want to view the eclipse in Cairns next year (I’ve never seen one), but at the moment our crystal ball can’t see that far!

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    January 15, 2011 at 02:20

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