Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

For the first time in a long time, I’m feeling refreshed, positive, and full of hope and joy – and that is all without my morning coffee.

Friends, the beach does wonders for your body, mind and soul. Over a long weekend, Mr. M and I enjoyed a wonderful few days visiting friends and family, and then we spent a few days by ourselves at a little beach house, unplugged, enjoying each other, the fresh ocean air, and of course, the eclipse.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

I had been pretty laissez faire concerning the eclipse because I didn’t think we would see much of it in Wilmington, North Carolina, so I didn’t give it much thought. The Thursday that we left, however, I checked the map and saw that we would see 96% of the eclipse, which is still an A, so then I became frantic and disappointed because we didn’t order eclipse glasses in time.

No worries, they were selling on Amazon for like $86. For 2 hours of a cosmic wonder. So I spent the remainder of the weekend looking up DIY pinhole cameras. Monday morning – ever the procrastinators we are – Mr. M found a garden nearby that was giving out free eclipse glasses at their eclipse party (for only $9 a person, so was it really free?)

We packed our bags with picnic food and beach chairs and hoped for the best. We arrived to Airlie Gardens, checked in, and got our free eclipse glasses and found our picnic spot. They had several different stations and events to learn more about our solar system, why and how eclipses happen, and of course, my favorite spot: the Kona ice truck. Mr. M and I strolled the gardens (which is incredibly breathtaking; 10/10 would recommend) while we waited for the eclipse to start. We started looking up at the sky around 2pm and saw the moon had taken a bite out of the sun.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

I was mesmerized, and maybe I did steal a glance or two without my eclipse glasses and without looking directly at the sun. So of course I freaked out for the next 12 hours because did I just blind myself?

As the moon covered the sun, it started to get darker around us. I was expecting a night time darkness, but it was more like I was looking out of a sepia tinted window at the people surrounding me. It was an eerie thing, but the coolness that accompanied the darkness was much appreciated as I had already sweat through my white dress.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

While we didn’t get to see the eclipse in totality, seeing it cross the sun was an awe-inspiring event I will remember forever. I couldn’t stop staring at the sun as I watched the moon cover it and scoot away. Despite all the end time prophecies and events of apocalyptic nature that sprinkled my Facebook here and there, I couldn’t help but sit back with a settled peace in wonder of the universe and our God who created it.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

One thing I love about the Eclipse is that it brought people together. Strangers sat on a lawn together, marvelling over the Universe. There was an older lady who had a cereal box pinhole camera and was passing the box around to show people a different perspective. She wanted to share how she saw the eclipses as a child.

Photo Diary of the Solar Eclipse 2017

Surrounding us were people of several different nationalities and languages. It was like Mr. M and I were in the International Triangle with a Spanish family and an Arabic family flanking us on either side. It was such a lovely moment to sit back and revel in the melting pot that America is. That is one thing I truly love about our country: the diversity and the friendliness we have towards each other. Despite the media, the racism, and the heated political ideology, when we put aside our differences and stand in wonder at the universe, we see each other for who we really are: souls coming together under the awe of creation.

Did you see the Solar Eclipse? How much of the eclipse could you see? 

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