“While most of the US is covered in dense clouds, the Pacific Northwest
looks to have perfect viewing conditions for tonight’s total eclipse.”
As I watched the national news, I sure didn’t expect to ever hear those words put together in a sentence like that – the PNW having better weather than everywhere else. I would typically put money on someone else’s weather being better, but as it turns out, the total eclipse was visible here. I feel extra lucky because, as light fog and clouds started to creep into the skyline in the early morning hours [guess how late I stayed up… I’ll tell you later], there was a tiny section of Portland where the clouds miraculously took a detour. And my place is in that zone.
I am already behind in processing my photos; it’s been a busy week. I’m not complaining – I like to be busy, but I did accumulate a little sleep deficit during the week. [Think I stayed up to watch the eclipse until midnight? Try again. I already said “early morning.”] Here are a scant few unprocessed photos, with some processed ones promised to you in the next couple days. Just to set the scene, the eclipse began around 9-something PM. I swam laps in the swimming pool at my complex, checking the moon every couple laps. When the eclipse was about to start, I ran back to my place, on to the balcony, and turned on my camera. It was already on my tripod, timer-control attached, and I had no concerns about it getting rained on. For once! It was glorious.
Then, it was bedtime.