Viewing the Eclipse by Looking Down!

While everyone else looked up in the sky, I looked down and made an amazing discovery.

When I learned the total eclipse could be experienced by traveling for under three hours to Wyoming, I mapped it out. Predicted traffic woes changed my view. I decided to stay in my own backyard. Experts explained that even with 94% of the sun blocked out, 6% would be enough to ruin the blackout effect. They were right and yet I discovered something else by looking down.

First I setup my camera since I wanted to record anything weird that happened, like a freak migration of owls or a coyote stampede. When that didn’t happen, I slacklined during the beginning of the eclipse.

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I couldn’t view anything in those black lenses, so I kept my head up for once.

Note to Self: Wear blackout shades when slacklining from now on.

The scientists were right and the eclipse dimmed the light and cooled the temperature, but it wasn’t super dark.

But this discovery really excited me. I looked down and viewed thousands of eclipses. They danced upon my patio!

eclipse leaf patterns from tree

Click below to watch them dance:

Eclipse leaf patterns

They seemed holographic as if they hovered over the ground.

Viewing the Eclipse by Looking Down

Here’s another video from Instagram. Watch them move!

In 1970, I used the pinhole technique to view the eclipse. This was so much better, don’t you think? Make sure to click on the videos get the full effect.


Did you watch the eclipse or the coverage? Do you think it would be worth traveling for the next one in April 2024 or do you live in its shadow?

Click for more adventures on the Wild Ride.

Don’t miss this blog tip post that didn’t make it into the Reader.

A day of discoveries in London with my buddy Chuck Dickens. (Another one that missed the Reader.)

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  1. We were supposed to get 80% coverage…didn’t get really dim here. (The light looked a little funny, but I didn’t see anything when I glanced up for two seconds without glasses.)

    I was right…it was MUCH more fun to watch on television! That first time with the cheering crowds in Madras–wow! My favorite was definitely Charleston, when it looked like there was a purple corona. Pretty!

    Looking forward to the lunar eclipse of 2019–the whole of North and South America has perfect coverage and we can look until our eyeballs fall out!

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    1. Ha! I’ll enjoy that eclipse more too! Even with the glasses, my head hurt. It was so intense and we’re a mile high.
      I did enjoy watching the drama of how dark it got across the shadow path. We have friends who drove up to see it. I can’t wait to hear how it went!
      Thanks, Daya!

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  2. We had 100% Totality plus an approaching thunderstorm. It got real dark. The toads and the frogs started singing like at night. Then just that fast it started to lighten up again. It was pretty cool but I wish it would have lasted longer.

    I thought I heard an amazing fact that the eclipse traveled coast to coast in like 90 minutes. Now that is humbling..


    1. That is humbling!
      How cool that the frogs and toads croaked! I wish the next one was on my birthday, but it misses it by three days. GAH! Might have to celebrate for a week.
      Great to “see” you!


      1. Yes, it got that dark that the night time animal s came out all at once and then it brightened up and they were quiet again. Happy birthday!! In case bi miss it You look and sound great Susie. All the best….


        1. You are in the know!
          Neither cat is very common out here, across the valley from the foothills, but the numbers of foxes are up, so the cats are too. A cougar visited the back of the elementary school here in Niwot last spring. I wish I would have seen it! Bobcats are spotted and resemble humungous house cats.

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  3. So jealous! No eclipse at all here in Scotland. But I LOVED your dancing eclipse videos. They took me back to a wonderful memory. When my children were small we made pinhole viewers but they really couldn’t use them. Then I looked at the sidewalk under our huge oak tree. And we saw thousands of perfect eclipses! It was magic shared with my children.


  4. That looks amazing, Susie. There really is something weird about the effects of an eclipse. You’ve reminded me of a blog post I shared a couple of years ago. I think it’s time to share it again – you might be interested in it (no videos, I’m afraid, but an interesting experience during the eclipse here in the UK in 1999…


  5. It was my first day back at school – teachers only – and we took time to go outside and see the wonders of the world at work. We even had a few students join us to observe, wonder, and be curious. It was an experience I won’t soon forget. It’s gonna be a great year! Yes it is, and it begins with one day. Have a great week.


  6. We had about 98%. It never got completely dark, but the street lights came on and the cicadas started up. It was like a strange dusk. I do agree that the shadows were pretty dang interesting. I wasn’t expecting it and only noticed it when we were walking around. They were my favorite part.


    1. Oh, cool! Where were you? I should have taken pictures of my own shadow. I had hoped for the strange dusk, but with 94% we got a storm cloud effect. It was still a lot cooler and completely, eerily still. It creeped me out!
      Thanks for stopping by, Christine!

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  7. That’s pretty awesome, Susie! You might want to send this clip to a Hollywood producer. I think there might be a horror movie script in waiting. I’m thinking “Attack of the Little Eclipse Thingies.”


  8. I would love to get closer next time. It was fun to check it out thru a solarscope in USVI. Also fun to be around people who were excited as well. Had to watch the news last night to see what it was like at totality. A friend was on the plane during the eclipse and got some great shots. Thanks for sharing.


    1. I believed it would get dark here. It darkened similar to cloud cover, but nothing dramatic. The next one is three days before my birthday, so I might try to get closer too!
      Thanks for stopping by, Julia!

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      1. That sounds like fun. A family I’m close to rented a house somewhere that experienced the total eclipse as an anniversary or birthday weekend. They all went kids, grandkids, grandparents. What a great memory. Do it!


  9. I tried the colander method. I got nothing but disappointment. We were only at 80% or so anyway, but the sky got all weird for about an hour. Nothing exceptional. I suppose if I had invested in the glasses I’d have been a little more excited, but alas, I did not. Maybe next time. I did have a headache all day though. And my dog was very clingy so there must have been something wonky with it.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt


    1. I never heard about the colander. I’ll pull one out next time! There was something very eerie about the day. It got completely quiet and not one leaf rustled at full eclipse. I had more fun slacklining blind. Ha!


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