Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ABC Wednesday
E is for Eclipse Watchers

Do you remember where you were on August 11th 1999?

This was the day when a total eclipse of the sun was visible in the UK. I was at a meeting in offices on Oldham Street, Hyde. A few minutes before the event we took a break and went out into the street to witness the event.

It was quite cloudy so we didn't get a really clear view and you had to have a pair of special eclipse-viewing spectacles to avoid damaging your eyes.

I just pointed my camera in the right direction and hoped for the best.

This is the best I managed.

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  1. I've seen some partial eclipses. But not that particular one.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. I didn't see that one, either. Seems there are always clouds over my area (no matter where I am) when it's time to see a special sky. Your photo is very nice!

  3. Yes I remember, my son and I went for a cycle ride to stand on a bridge to see the eclipse, it was quite a cloudy day I recall.

  4. I grew up on a farm where we had a metal fabricating shop. We had #10 electric arc welding helmets in there. I could view the sun directly any time I wanted. Whenever you look directly at it, it appears to spin. It's probably an optical illusion from the fluids in our eyes, but it's still pretty cool.

  5. Eclipses are tough to photograph, but you've done well.

    I was in London going to job interviews at that time. Nice memories.