Watching the Eclipse

In Weiser, ID. as the eclipse was happening. Took about 90 minutes to go through the whole transition. I probably spent more time looking at how people around us on Pioneer Elementary School play field were reacting to the event. Fun morning.

 

Safe travels

from The Mothership

docked in Seattle!

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Weiser, ID. Festivities

Our camping neighbors for a couple of days on the playground of Pioneer Elementary School, serious astronomers. The biggest house ( that we saw) in Weiser and a bit of the Eclipse Festivities. The population of the town is @ 4,000. The weekend of the Eclipse Festival it easily doubled, which made for an interesting exit from town!

Eclipse 2017: Weiser, ID

Location: Pioneer Elementary School, Weiser, ID.

Voyage: From Seattle, WA. to Weiser, ID and the return route through central Oregon.

I’m posting the destination first as these are some images taken on a Samsung Point and shoot camera. All of the DSLR images I have, nearly 300 or so, are still on the chip and will need lots of time to edit. So, rather than wait days for me to go through that process, I thought I would post a few images from our location on Eclipse day.

Above is a photo of my wife, with the Mothership behind her, also an image of more of my family members; daughter, son in law, and granddaughter. The third image is of our camping neighbor and their very serious telescopes with cameras and all sorts of crazy stuff. Apparently this couple are astronomers and have been photographing eclipses all over the world. Their last name is Fletcher, so maybe a search would turn up their webpage? They were going to post photos from this eclipse, as I understood. They were really wonderful people who let anyone view the skies through their telescopes. Very generous with their time and knowledge. After the eclipse they were heading to Glacier National Park for more astronomical photography. In the community of Astronomers/Photographers they are very well known.

The timing of these photos was during the transit of the moon crossing the path of the sun. Took about an hour and a half, but was amazing to sit through: the light didn’t really dim until the last 2%, but the temperature gradually went down over the course of the eclipse. The temps that morning were in the 80’s, rising to 94 by afternoon, so the drop was very noticeable. During the two minutes of full eclipse it became fairly dark– you could see Venus and stars- but not totally due to the corona, which was amazing in itself.

As the eclipse approached totality everyone on the campsite started clapping and cheering; it was really an amazing  and unique experience: This play field filled with motorhomes of all sorts, people cheering and clapping.

All for now. I’ll post photos of the journey as I can edit them.

Safe travels

from the Mothership

docked back in Seattle!

Update for 2017

We have no extensive travel plans for this Summer, unlike last Summer. I still plan to post images when we do travel in the Mothership. The past couple of months have brought a slew of health issues for me and it seems prudent to take care of them ( or, you can look at as -they are impacting my day to day life).

I’m still wearing a boot, hoping the bone fracture in my right foot will heal soon. Last Saturday I was in the ER, with my wife, for 7 hours, experiencing extreme back pain.  A  CT scan showed I had a fractured 8th rib in the back, on the left side. While there they did some blood work and one of the test they ran was for an enzyme that is related to blood clots. I had an elevated level of this enzyme. So, this past week I have had a Doppler Scan of my lower left leg ( Edema) and what they call a Lexiscan- a two day procedure of sorts. I couldn’t do a treadmill test due to the boot on my right foot, so what the Lexicon does is chemically forces your heart to ‘race’ while they do an EKG to monitor things. This is followed  by imaging. The second day another injection and imaging to show your heart function at a slower rate.

The good news is, my fractures are on the mend and the pain from them is under control. If they can sort out the heart/blood clot issue and come up with a solution, I will be close to being back to my normal self- as scary as that might be :-)!

On my other, older blog, I have been posting images of our backyard flowers and less field photos. Once I get my ‘wheels’ back, I plan to be doing more field images around Seattle, an ever changing city.

Hope you still find this site worth a visit from time to time. We do have a trip, in the Mothership planned,to go to Weiser, Idaho in August to view the total eclipse.  So, I hope to bring home some interesting travel images from that Mothership Adventure.

Be well

and safe travels

from The Mothership !!