Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

I've always found myself totally fascinated by the natural workings of planet Earth. Waterfalls, mountains, constellations, sunsets and sunrises... you name it, I could spend endless amounts of time enjoying them. (Which is funny, because I am definitely not "outdoorsy" and love a good city skyline.)

My dad started preparing for the total solar eclipse in May. He ordered probably 20 eclipse glasses just to make sure we had the correct version. My mom and I rolled our eyes a little... but boy were we wrong! The solar eclipse ended up being one of the coolest things I have ever seen!

My grandpa bought two houses in his life, and both happened to be in the totality path of two eclipses: 1970 in Perry, Florida and this one. I mean seriously, what are the odds? Just like the sun and the moon and the earth, everything was aligned perfectly to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event.

(Side note: did anyone else think these glasses were hilarious? We honestly had so much fun just trying to walk in them and take pictures through them. I've also yet to see anyone not look like a total goober in them.)

...or so we thought. The day before the eclipse was a beautiful sunny and blue-skied day. The day of the eclipse... not so much. Afternoon thunderstorms and clouds are pretty common in the Georgia mountains, and as much as we hoped they would hold off, the clouds covered a lot of the partial eclipse. It was still cool to see parts of it, and honestly looking up at the sky like that was awkward and painful so having an excuse to not watch it was fine by me. But because of the clouds, we knew we wouldn't be able to see the main event: the two minutes of totality!

We had to pull a storm-chaser move and jump in our cars, head down the mountain, and try and watch the eclipse from the side of the road. It was stressful but ended up being worth it. Even though it was cloudy, we still saw the corona around the sun during the two minutes of totality.

During totality! We were high enough in the mountains to see part of the 360-degree sunset.
After the eclipse through my glasses. These pictures were so fun and hard to take!
There's the corona through the clouds! SO COOL.
My pictures obviously don't do it justice, but I'm so thankful that I got to spend a great couple of days in the mountains enjoying the house and a natural phenomenon.

The worst part of the cloud coverage was that it was so easy to look straight up at the sun because you were never looking directly at the eclipse. I totally convinced myself that my eyes felt funny afterward and that I had worn my glasses wrong.

If you think I haven't become an eclipse chaser for life... think again!


  1. your photos are pretty cool! I did the same thing, thought my eyes felt weird after - even though i never looked up lolol

  2. I love that you got to experience the eclipse with your family! I had a hard time getting my glasses to stay on without holding them tight to my face!

  3. I totally think the solar eclipse was super awesome!!! thanks for sharing your photos!

  4. The solar eclipse looks so cool!! We weren't able to catch it here but it's something I want to experience at least once in my life! Gorgeous pictures! x

  5. How cool! We were only slightly in the dark when the solar eclipse happened. So lucky that your grandpa bought two houses BOTH where the eclipses would pass completely over!

  6. This is so cool! In Louisiana we definitely didn't end up getting this dark.

  7. How fun!! We didn't have glasses because we weren't in the path of totality, so we watched from inside and saw the shadows change on the sidewalk. It was really so cool!

    xoxo, Paige

  8. Wow, that's like really lucky that both houses were in eclipse path. it was definitely a neat experience.

    Grace |

  9. That is so cool that you grandpa happened to own two homes right in the path of the eclipse! Definitely considering chasing the next one.

    xo //


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