At 92% – Ireland’s Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse in Ireland - © Bernd Biege 2015
Solar Eclipse in Ireland - © Bernd Biege 2015

Wow … after a very dull and foggy morning up here in Cavan it got even darker than usual … as our old friend, the Moon, was eclipsing her old mate, the Sun. And in Ireland that meant a whopping 92% eclipse. Not as spectacular as the 100% I witnessed in 1999 (the End of Days, Y2K and all that, remember). But coinciding with the Equinox, nonetheless.

Then, just as it got dark(ish) … the clouds broke. And I managed to get some moody shots without any special equipment, from my vantage point (the man-cave in the attic):

Solar Eclipse in Ireland - © Bernd Biege 2015
Solar Eclipse in Ireland – © Bernd Biege 2015

Call the clouds a “natural filter”, if you like. All in all it was touch and go, with thick cover and no cover alternating eye-blindingly:

Solar Eclipse and Cloud Cover - © Bernd Biege 2015
Solar Eclipse and Cloud Cover – © Bernd Biege 2015

By the way, notice the bright blue lens flare in the lower left? Can’t help but wonder how many such optical tricks of the light will (again) be interpreted as a sign of the aliens watching us, the spirits of the dear departed amongst us, or a hint from whatever deity you are subscribing to … I was quite delighted by this (perfectly explainable) phenomenon, because I like bright blue stuff.

And it wasn’t really dark, more like wearing a good pair of sunglasses … I tried to get the landscape as near as to the “naked eye” perception as possible:

Solar Eclipse, but no Total Darkness - © Bernd Biege 2015
Solar Eclipse, but no Total Darkness – © Bernd Biege 2015

The cats, both indoors and outdoors, were decidedly unimpressed. The ravens, though, first milled about a bit, then decided to call it a day, settling down in the big trees. And just when they had done that, the roosters next door decided “Hey guys, it’s sunrise again!” But there were some really quiet moments.

Glad to have taken the time … and to actually have seen the eclipse.

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