It’s been an exciting day here in North America. Depending on where you live, you could witness the first total eclipse of the sun in the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic since 1918.
Here in San Jose, we witnessed a partial solar eclipse for about 2 1/2 hours. It reached its maximum impact at 10:21 a.m. when I popped outside with my camera to take some garden pics.
The occluded sun cast crescent-shaped shadows on the ground and the side of the house. I took this photo one minute before maximum impact.
Here’s what I noticed in the garden:
Most of the flowers in bloom remained open with one exception: the pumpkin blossoms. The flowers started curling in, and when I checked on them after lunch, they had closed up tight. Fascinating!
It was eerily quiet when I went outside. We had less birdsong than usual. The bees, however, continued on with their day. I admire their industrious nature and silently thanked them for keeping our planet afloat.
National Public Radio aired live updates throughout the day, and though it’s radio and not TV, they managed to convey the excitement as the eclipse crossed a thin ribbon of states.
Back in the garden, I enjoyed the interesting shadows.
Indoors, the cats were oblivious. (See Monday through Sunday for comparison…ha!)
Did you witness all or part of the eclipse today?