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I vaguely heard that the US was getting an eclipse (as in this was all over my FB feed) but assumed it wasn't going to affect here, but I found out yesterday that, no, indeed, we were getting 72% of an eclipse. A woman's paycheque worth of an eclipse. So I made last-minute plans with [personal profile] metalana. She is an A++ good influence on me as she makes me shoot RAW, so they came out slightly better than expected, and also made pinhole viewers since getting eclipse glasses at the last possible moment is not a thing that can be done. At any rate, we didn't need to bother, because during an eclipse, the usual rules of capitalism and urban living get suspended. Everyone came out to the beach and people were happy to share their eclipse glasses and show off their homemade viewers, which ranged from two pieces of paper to someone's modded-up telescope. The telescope people invited us to hang with them and gave us Coke and were generally lovely. Pointing a DSLR at the sun is not as dangerous as pointing your eyes at the sun, but is kind of pointless unless you have more sophisticated gear than either of us have, but I did get some awesome shots of shadows and things we found whilst wandering around.


The beach in general can be quite photogenic:

canoeing guy

The cool thing that shadows do is that they turn all gaps that are sufficiently small into little crescents. You can actually do this with your hands, but the leaves looked the most interesting:

shadows on red

shadows on concrete


shadows on basketball court

The coolest thing, though, wasn't eclipse related at all. We stumbled upon a fairy door, with a little TARDIS next to it.

fairy door

So magical!

tardis

feather

Someone left offerings, including feathers, acorns, and coins. Apparently it's been there for years and no one has ever stolen it. 

But let's be honest here; cool photography and socializing with your neighbours is not what makes Eclipse Day great. The best thing is that, after a number of my friends joked that Cheeto Benito was going to look directly at the sun like a fucking moron, CHEETO BENITO FUCKING LOOKED AT THE SUN LIKE A FUCKING MORON. This is the actual best thing to happen and I am so overjoyed you have no idea.

Date: 2017-08-21 09:49 pm (UTC)
lapinlunaire: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lapinlunaire
These pictures are great and I like the small door.

I'm still cackling over Cheeto looking directly at the sun.

Date: 2017-08-22 01:43 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I seriously think satire has retired and is off kite-surfing with Obama.

Date: 2017-08-22 04:02 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: Minoan lady holding recursive portrait (Recursion)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
Truly.

Date: 2017-08-24 04:49 am (UTC)
rdi: A Fender Telecaster (Default)
From: [personal profile] rdi
Or maybe Satire is just on sabbatical until Reality gets its shit together again and stops being such a drama queen.

Date: 2017-08-21 11:15 pm (UTC)
franklanguage: (self with shades)
From: [personal profile] franklanguage
This proves again that the single best way to get someone to look at something is to say, "Don't look!"

Date: 2017-08-23 02:48 am (UTC)
franklanguage: (Default)
From: [personal profile] franklanguage
That might work.

Date: 2017-08-21 11:31 pm (UTC)
joymoose: the word Joy surrounded by 10 hearts whose colours make a rainbow. (Default)
From: [personal profile] joymoose
Amazing! Friendly Torontoians, Fairy doors, and a Tardis!!

Date: 2017-08-22 01:28 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I love the little crescents bit, I noticed it with our blinds and a neighbour got a really good picture of leaves doing it.

The fairy door!

.....HOW CAN HE BE THAT STUPID AND MANAGE TO WALK, SABS, HOW. I MEAN JUST HOW DOES THE BRAINSTEM LINK UP THE LEGS AND THE FEET AND THE GROUND WITHOUT HIM COLLAPSING IN A HEAP.

Date: 2017-08-22 01:42 am (UTC)
kore: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kore
I mean, every time I kind of get used to how stupid he apparently really is, he goes and does something EVEN FUCKING STUPIDER. He makes Reagan look like John Archibald Wheeler.

Date: 2017-08-22 04:02 am (UTC)
minoanmiss: (Default)
From: [personal profile] minoanmiss
I love your photos from today!

Date: 2017-08-22 04:58 am (UTC)
nostalgia: (Default)
From: [personal profile] nostalgia
"we were getting 72% of an eclipse. A woman's paycheque worth of an eclipse"

I laughed because it's true.

Date: 2017-08-22 09:16 pm (UTC)
evilpettingz00: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilpettingz00
LOL!!!

The fairy door and tardis = awesome! :D

Date: 2017-08-22 09:32 pm (UTC)
evilpettingz00: (Default)
From: [personal profile] evilpettingz00
I guess it depends on the tiny Doctor. Some might like tiny scarves, others might like tiny bowties...

Date: 2017-08-24 04:50 am (UTC)
rdi: A Fender Telecaster (Default)
From: [personal profile] rdi
I guess there were no little bottles or cakes labelled “Eat me” or “Drink me” anywhere near the fairy door?

Oh - what if our reality is someone else’s Wonderland? That would explain a few things...

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