Wednesday, September 6, 2017

2017 SOLAR ECLIPSE from ASHTON, IDAHO

 
EXPERIENCING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE -


George and I departed San Diego on Friday August 18th. We were headed for Aston, Idaho, where our daughter, Klara, used to live. We had planned this journey a couple of years ago as the path of totality went over Ashton. 

Originally we were going to stay in Klara’s home there in Ashton. Well the first of this year saw her moving to Lincoln, Montana, to a new position with the Forest Service there. Klara was able to ask a favor of a very good friend, and we were able to stay with her for the event. And Klara was able to get time off to come down to Ashton to join us. Thank you Liz D.

It is a two day drive to Ashton, and we stopped in Cedar City for the night. We were very close to the hiking and biking trail we have visited for good walks on previous trips to Ashton. This time we did not have to deal with cold and icy conditions as the temperature was lingering in the low 90’s as we started a walk about 1800. It is a nice path with few users, and some nice scenery. The path runs along  Cedar Canyon as does State Rte. 14 that links up with U.S. Rte. 89 that would take you to Bryce Canyon N.P.

We were off early once again on the 19th so that we could enjoy the afternoon in Ashton. Ashton is the center for seed potato cultivation. The terrain is flat, but as you look East you see the Tetons rising in the distance, and the Southwest tip of Yellowstone is only a few miles away. It is also considered the gateway to Yellowstone N. P. from the West.

We enjoyed our rendezvous with Klara and the nice dinner which she prepared for us. Our hostess, Liz, joined us for dessert.

Sunday we went out to the forest for a refreshing hike. We enjoyed the peacefulness of the area. 
 
LUPINE


SALSIFY GONE TO SEED

All of the area has been impacted by smoke from the many wildfires burning in Montana and Idaho. It was very difficult to see the Tetons.

Monday – August 21 – ECLIPSE DAY.

This morning we enjoyed breakfast with a couple of Klara’s good friends whom we had met on previous trips to Ashton. I contributed the sourdough starter for the pancakes, and Klara had been quite busy the past week picking huckleberries. To say the least we all enjoyed breakfast. Afterwards we headed out to the farm road next to Liz’s house to set up for the eclipse. 
OUR "CROWD"


We were all equipped with solar viewing glasses, sunscreen, and hats.
TAKING A LOOK
I think all had some form of a camera with them,The  be it a smart phone, or in my case two digital cameras, tripod, solar filters, and other paraphernalia. 
  
The first contact of the moon shadow on the Sun occurred about 1016. My first picture was taken at 1038! Using a long zoom lens, I took pictures every 3-5 minutes, bracketing the exposures.
 
10:38 A.M.
Originally I was going to take photographs with two different cameras, but decided I wanted to enjoy the experience and so only focused on getting individual shots of the progression of the eclipse. I am glad that I did.
As the eclipse progressed you could see the change in light as the sun was covered by the moon as it passed between the earth and the sun. We progressed from full sunlight to night in a matter of 80 minutes.
 
KLARA DEMONSTRATING ANOTHER WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE ECLIPSE
As the eclipse progressed the light became subdued, and the tonality of the light changed to a cooler(bluish) cast.    
 
11:04 (about 30 mins. to totality)
When we got very close to Totality you could see the moon’s shadow racing across the landscape from West to East at about one and a half times the speed of sound.
THE SHADOW APPROACHING
 It was quite eerie. During totality the temperature dropped 10˚. All became quiet, birds and animals. We whooped it up as did others around town as the corona shone, and the diamond ring was seen. Regrettably it lasted only one minute and 35 seconds at our location.
TOTALITY
DIAMOND RING AND SOLAR PROMINENCES



DIAMOND RING WITH MORE DETAIL

A solar prominence is a large, bright, gaseous feature extending outward from the Sun's surface, often in a loop shape. Prominences are anchored to the Sun's surface in the photosphere, and extend outwards into the Sun's corona.
TOTALITY PLUS 2 MINUTES

9 MINUTES AFTER TOTALITY
It was a beautiful experience and most memorable. Regrettably it lasted only one minute and 35 seconds at our location.  

Are we hooked to chase after the Total Solar Eclipse in 2024! Maybe. Our other daughter, Tina, lives outside Toledo, Ohio, which is on the edge of the path of totality for that eclipse.
SUN SPOTS VISIBLE ON SUN
 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

PHTOGRAPHING THE OREGON COAST - JUNE 14


JUNE 14TH – Pacific City Dory Launch

This morning we went to the beach to see the dory launching which occurs from the beach at Cape Kiwanda. The dories are small fishing boats that go out to sea to mostly fish for salmon.


QUIET WATER

DORY HEADING OUT TO SEA
The dories are trailered to the beach and then launched into the surf. Usually there will be a crew of two, sometimes more. The dory is floated off the trailer and then headed into the surf. The  crew then climbs aboard over the stern transom after pushing it out further into the surf. 



Once they are out far enough they start their engine and head out to sea for a day of fishing, mostly for salmon. 

When they return in the afternoon they race for the beach before cutting their engine.   

RACING FOR SHORE
It is quite a show to watch them. The dory men are quite agile, and help each other with the launch.

Here is a video of the launch -   

and one of the boats crashing the beach on their return –

As you can see from my  photos there is a great deal of physical prowess involved.

This ended my trip. Four of us headed back to Portland for flights home. The remainder of the group traveled onto Washington State to visit Mt. Saint Helens.  

IN SUMMARY –

This was not one of my  better trips. The weather was not particularly favorable, but I am happy with the pictures I am keeping and showing you. When I returned home I was quite tired and favoring my knee. The knee was one of the factors. It has since healed, and I am vigorously following my old fitness protocol to get into better shape. I have seen improvements all around.

Now it is time to gear up for the Solar Eclipse trip to Idaho and then onto Montana to visit our daughter, Klara. The art of taking pictures of the eclipse is a practiced phenomenon. I have gotten a couple of pieces of equipment to help, and now I have to devote some mid-day time to practicing using the solar filters both for me and the camera.

PHOTOGRAPHING THE OREGON COAST - JUNE 13, 2017


JUNE 13THTo Pacific City, OR

The early morning shoot was at Pistol River Beach. We wandered around in the surf a bit in order to create interesting compositions. Once again I got caught in sinking sand around a rock. I ended up with a boot very full of water and sand!! (You would think I would have learned already!!) 
MORNING LIGHT, PISTOL RIVER BEACH

AMONG THE STACKS

BEACH PUDDLES
 Afterwards we returned to our abodes to rinse off salt water and sand, and then pack up for our trip North.

VIEW FROM BEACH HOUSE
We stopped in Gold Beach at the Double D Restaurant for breakfast. It was unpretentious, but excellent in service and food. We stopped again at the wreck of the Mary D Hume at the North end of town. This time it was low tide so we got to have a different view and perspective of the wreck.
WRECK OF MARY D. HUME AT LOW TIDE
North of Florence we stopped to look at Heceta Head Light once again. 
HECETA HEAD LIGHT

INQUISITIVE SEA LION

DEFENDING MY TERRITORY

It also gave us a chance to stretch our legs. Once in Pacific City we checked into the Anchorage Motel, and prepared for an early dinner and then a visit to Cape Kiwanda. We had a very nice dinner at the Pelican Pub and Brewery which is located very close to the entrance to the beach.

I was looking forward to the Cape Kiwanda adventure. I had seen pictures of the surf there back in the 1990’s taken by a lady shooting film. Due to the rocks, etc. there can be some tremendous wave crests. To really capture the action you need to climb down the dune side to get close to sea level. I was not up for it so shot from about 100 yards above.(I later read in the last two years there have been 6 deaths at the Cape.) Still it was fascinating. You also want to be there when the sun is low which creates some great light on the orange sandstone. As you can see four of our party went down close to the water’s edge. It was an exhilarating time.I thoroughly enjoyed trying to capture the wild wave action. The trick was to shoot many shots, and be sure the sun was shining on the waves. 
WAVE ACTION 1

WAVE ACTION 2

PHOTOGRAPHERS AND WAVE

WAVE ACTION 3

WAVE ACTION 4

WAVE ACTION 5
A LAST SPLASH

Thursday, July 27, 2017

PHOTGRAPHING THE OREGON COAST - JUNE 12, 2017


JUNE 12th – Brookings to Crescent City CA

We headed into California today to photograph Battery Point Lighthouse, and then visit a couple of coastal redwoods state parks. Jedediah Smith State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. 
BATTERY POINT LIGHTHOUSE
Battery Point Lighthouse is located at the mouth of Crescent city harbor on a small island and is accessible only during low tide. It survived completely in tact the tsunami of 1964 following the strongest earthquake to strike in the northern hemisphere. It is quite a lovely setting.

At Jedediah State Park we were challenged by the dark forest and the magnificently large trees. It was still fun to walk among these wonderful trees, and enjoy the play of light. It really is impossible to show the height of these trees, but one can get a good idea of their size from their base. We spent two hours here enjoying the challenges. 



A SENSE OF SIZE






A TREE MAN

At Del Norte Coastal Redwood S. P. we were able to walk among giant trees with rhododendron plants scattered among them. We slowly worked our way up and down Damnation Creek Trail as the sun began to emerge. We wanted to photograph without the full sun as the contrast would be very difficult to handle.




TRUNK DETAIL

This afternoon’s dinner meal was leftovers assembled at our house in the Pistol River area. When we got there we learned that there was no water!! We called the owner/manager who came out shortly and was able to fix the problem which was pump related. We were going to be able to enjoy showers later in the evening!! Yeah. Thank goodness we had returned to the house for dinner, otherwise it would have been about 10 p.m. when we discovered the plumbing issue!

Tonight we went to Pistol River for sunset. The beach here is quite long with a few sea stacks. There is a large display of lupine above the beach. I opted to stay up there as my knee was not feeling strong, and the footing down to the beach looked stressful. This gave me a big picture of the area and the sunset.
PISTOL RIVER BEACH SOUTH

LUPINE AND BEACH VIEW

SUNSET, PISTOL RIVERBEACH