Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Great American Eclipse Experience

The Great American Eclipse united our country on August 21, 2017 awhile.  There were no blacks, whites, republicans, or democrats.  Conflicts were put aside and folks of all creeds and colors stood beside each other and beheld the magnificent big sky event.

The total solar eclipse stretched from the west coast to the east coast of the USA.  The moon's shadow covered a 60-mile-wide path across the United States toward the eastern part of our country. 

 Most people experienced 2 minutes and 33 seconds of darkness during the total solar eclipse.  Other parts of the United States experienced a partial eclipse.  It was a once-in-a-lifetime event for just our country.

I looked forward to the total solar eclipse with anticipation in western North Carolina.  Of course I knew the scientific explanation of the eclipse, but you never know...

I donned my solar eclipse glasses and "Mooned by the Sun" tee shirt.  The partial eclipse began around 2:00 p.m. in Clay County, NC. 

It was an eerie feeling!  Shadows grew longer.  The wind ceased and it was so quiet.  The temperature dropped 10 degrees and was chilly.  Security lights came on.  Pink clouds brushed the horizon as the moon progressed across the sun.  At 2:35 PM total darkness!  A diamond of light sparkled around the outer edge of the sun.  I saw stars and Mercury and Mars.

What an awesome experience!

No wonder folks traveled hundreds of miles even from overseas to see the total solar eclipse.  We didn't have as much traffic as expected in Hayesville, NC.  But the hotels and campgrounds were all booked.

It was a spiritual experience for me.  Many folks interviewed on TV felt the same way.  The total solar eclipse was indeed a moving experience.  The cosmic event reminded me of the Great I Am who created both the heaven and the earth.

I'm glad I got to see the total solar eclipse.  I was able to experience history being made.  The next total solar eclipse in my area will be in 2078.  According to nature, I won't be here to see it.  I hope my nephew, nieces, and cousins will be able to see this event and will be touched as much as I was by the handiwork of God!

by:  Brenda Kay Ledford


lil red hen said...

Brenda, I'm so happy for you! We were at the next fringe west of the total path and it really didn't get that dark here. We didn't have glasses, just a pin hole and box, then I discovered the crescent shapes on the driveway beneath a tree. In 2024 the eclipse path will go directly over us; if I live to be 84 I'll see it :) I also thought of how great things God has control over.

Hootin' ♥ Anni said...

You got that right....the phenomenon of outer space brought us all together as one....united!!!

It was amazing.

Brenda, thanks for the compliment and excitement of my new published book on Amazon. You made my day. Do consider getting one to explore and view all the photos of the 200 plus birds inside the covers.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I have experienced a total eclipse once and it was an unforgettable experience.In Canada we had only a partial eclipse, but even that was amazing. Truly another work of God's hand.

Connie said...

It was only a partial eclipse where I live, but I watched it on TV. It was an exciting event.

Pam said...

I am so happy you had a good experience seeing the eclipse! Our was very uneventful, a huge cluster of clouds covered it just as it was happening.

magnoliasntea said...

Hi Brenda!
Great picture - I see you watched the eclipse in style! We watched the eclipse from our back deck, but I'm sure we looked more like aliens than anything since I didn't get us any eclipse glasses beforehand. I just blogged about our experience if you want it firsthand, lol. Have a great rest-of-the-week!

Henny Penny said...

Brenda, I've enjoyed every word you have written here. You described the solar eclipse perfectly! It must have been awesome to have been there in the mountains for the total eclipse.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

It is wonderful that you got to see the total eclipse. We were only able to see a partial one........however, it was wonderful and it was just as you said........it was shadowy and our house inside was very dark!

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Brenda, Yes it was an awesome experience for sure... One of my sons and his wife came to our home since we were in a perfect location. he brought his telescope and equipment ---and it was fantastic.... We got totally dark --and it was amazing. All of the solar lights came on. Unbelievable!!!!!

Praying for the flooding in Texas and at my son's home now... He's already gone through way too much this month... Prayers for Mark.


Janet, said...

Hi Brenda. Glad you got mooned by the sun! We only had a partial eclipse here where I live. I think it was about 90%. But it was a neat experience.

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