Friday, August 18, 2017

Eclipse Picnic---and a Correction


In my last post I said that there wouldn't be another eclipse in the US for 38 years. NO no NO. It's been 38 years since there has been a total eclipse in the US---we will actually have another one as soon as 2024. That one will cover different states however, from Texas to Maine and, according to the US Navy website, the following cities, in 2024,  will be in the path of totality:

Major U.S. Cities in the path of totality (2024): Austin, TX; Dallas, TX; Ft. Worth, TX; Little Rock, AR; Indianapolis, IN; Dayton, OH; Toledo, OH; Cleveland, OH; Buffalo, NY; Rochester, NY; Burlington, VT; Montpelier, VT; Waco, TX; Syracuse, NY.

There you go, some advance planning for you folks in the path six-ish years from now :)

As for this eclipse, after I ranted in my last post how I feel like this year's eclipse might be over-hyped and turned, basically, into a social media event, I do want to say that I will be observing it, and I am going to bring a special picnic to enjoy while doing so.

1) Deviled Eggs. I'm not a big egg fan, but I do love a good deviled egg. And, I think deviled eggs perfectly symbolize the moon "swallowing", as it were, the sun.

Martha Stewart---photo by Victoria Pearson
2) Tea sandwiches made with bread cut with a crescent moon cookie cutter and filled with basil butter. Again, a perfect conjunction of moon imagery with sun-loving basil and yellow sun-like butter.

3) Mediterranean Orzo Salad. You can't get more sunny than this dish. I'll throw in some pearl onions to invoke the moon. Here is a recipe from Pioneer Woman.

4) Lemonade. For obvious reasons :)

5) Black and White cookies. I'm buying these at Trader Joe's, so delicious! And again, perfectly symbolic.
from Bakeat350
Bringing a moon/sum themed picnic to enjoy while observing the eclipse is an excellent way to enhance the experience.

And speaking of the moon, here is an interesting tidbit from moon that will cover the sun is called "The Black Moon". Many moon phases and seasonal moons have names---I usually give the seasonal full moon names in my right hand column. The moon covering the sun during this eclipse is not called the Black Moon for eclipse reasons. EarhSky says the following:

"Black Moon is the name used for the third of four new moons in one season, with a season being the period of time between a solstice and an equinox (or vice versa)."

Go read about it here and remember to properly use your eclipse glasses and darkening film for your cameras!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ramp Up to Eclipse Madness


I live around 30 miles or so outside the path of the totality for the upcoming solar eclipse. We've had nothing but dire warnings about how crowded and terrible the roads are going to be, how cell phone service is going to go down because of people photographing and posting eclipse pictures (and I hope they realize they need a filter on their camera lenses, even on their cell phone lenses, otherwise the sun can damage their equipment, not to mention their eye, if they are looking through the viewfinder), how we may have dire gas shortages, etc etc. People have reserved hotels in tiny rural towns like Madras, Oregon years in advance.

I have to admit, all this makes me incredibly tired and irritated. Would I like to drive the 30 miles to see the total eclipse? Well, sure. But I'm not going to. I don't want to fight the traffic. I don't want to stand around with all of the rabid picture takers. A total solar eclipse used to be a very magical thing---and now, with all of the hype and people feeling like they absolutely have to have pictures (because in this society, if you didn't get a picture it didn't happen/you weren't there) it feels like it's reduced to some Facebook event. Even a recent Accuweather article aimed at people wanting to take pictures of the eclipse says that people should get their equipment ready in advance because it's an amazing event and "you should be spending at least half of your time just enjoying it".

Yes. I will have 99.99 percent sun coverage where I am and that is good enough for me. I may even make an old school pinhole viewer for the event. I'm not knocking people who need to take the pictures---after all, unless you are an eclipse chaser, as I understand it, there won't be another one across the US for 38 years<<<<WRONG! Update: Actually there will be another eclipse in the US in 2024!! >>>>>>>But remember, this isn't just some fancy picture to post to social media. This is the moon crossing in front of the sun out there in crazy outer space, blocking the rays of light we need to function on this planet. A little bit magical, and a little bit terrifying.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dark Mori Shelfie #1

Not being a big "selfie" person, I like the "shelfie" trend. Here is my first dark mori shelfie. I've had the crescent moon hair pins for over 15 years---just rediscovered them the other day.

I'll definitely wear these when observing the upcoming eclipse! Are any of you traveling to see it? Good luck out there!

I know most everyone is surging over to IG---I probably won't and will just plod along here on my Jurassic era blog :) I'm a pretty random poster as it is.