- On August 22, 2017
…on August 21st the day of the ‘great’ eclipse? What was your experience?
I was visiting Seattle, taking a morning walk with my husband along Centennial Park. The event was not total where I was, 90%, yet for a few minutes, it seemed everyone in the city was out in parks, on rooftops, on balconies to share in the experience. There was a felt sense of community and commonality.
I was here for other reasons than eclipse watching, so hadn’t prepared for this with special glasses. Even without looking directly at it, I felt it with my other senses–the drop in temperature, the sudden light breeze, the silence, the almost darkness. And, because of where I was, the smell of sea from the Puget Sound is part of that memory.
A few fleeting moments and a deep reminder that we are such a small piece of the cosmos. In a world where we strive to be in control, something that we can’t. An order in the heavens, an exposure to magnificence.
I feel an impact beyond the 2 minute passing of the moon before the sun. I take it as a reminder to appreciate the wonder of the world we live in. To hold back on trying to control everything, to let some things run their course and marvel at the outcome that I hadn’t planned and had no control over.
How did you experience the eclipse of August 21st?
Photocredit: JMaliszewski, 2017. The eclipse as seen through the shadows of leaves on Thomas Street in Seattle, WA.