This is a memorial in Gazebo Park. As you can see, it was a bright sunny day despite warnings of cloud cover. ;) You're welcome.
The Thimble Theatre mural covers most of the wall on the right looking into the park.
This is one of my early attempts at photographing shadows. During an eclipse, any pinhole will cast a crescent, which basically turns every tree into an eclipse camera.
Bluto appears on the left wall of the park.
Here are Popeye and friends.
These crescent shadows are under a bush in the park.
I think Doug found the best photo op of the day.
Look, someone put sunglasses on Wimpy! 8D We also had special glasses for viewing the eclipse, which I got in the Indiana Caverns gift shop last month. These are the best eclipse glasses I've ever had, with lenses so dark that the sun was reduced to a dim orange sliver and perfectly comfortable to look at. Previous ones I've had only made it bearable briefly. To test for quality, hold a pair so the sunlight falls on them and look underneath. If much light comes through at all, they're too weak. You couldn't even see the corona through these, only the crescent, they're so strong.
You can also make a hand camera. Pinch your thumbs and forefingers, then press all four together and squeeze until you make a pinhole. Normally it shows a circle of light, but during an eclipse, it will cast a crescent like this.
After this we got back in the car and moved to the Cohen Recreational Complex, which had a lot of people and some vendors set up.
Here is Doug catching crescents in his palm under a tree.
This was one of my attempts to catch crescents under a tree on gravel.
By this point, the sky was starting to darken. Here's a look at the pasture beyond the ball park.
And this is the same view minutes later during totality. Woohoo! It didn't get pitch dark but did turn to strong twilight. The cicadas toned down their chorus, thinking that night was falling. However, we didn't get the WTF chorus from evening birds.
I tried shooting a few pictures of the corona and sky. This is the only one that turned out very well. That bright spark to the right of the sun is Sirius, which was clearly visible. So were a few other stars.
Come on, baby, if you love it, put a ring on it! <3 Yes, we got to see the diamond ring. I guess the sun loves me. :D
This is the souvenir disk that I bought. The orange crescent on the rim is made with glow-in-the-dark paint. I took this out in the sun before, during, and after totality so this thing is now a portable eclipse for magical purposes. I also brought along a goldtone dollar coin and charged it the same way.
This is the shadow cast by the souvenir disk.
I got some pretty good crescents on this car bumper shortly after totality.
Then I saw this pine tree and went nuts because of how its shadows look bent. The effect of an eclipse through pine needles is very different than broadleaves and I had never seen it before. :D
Here's a good shot of the bent-looking shadows.
This is the best one of the crescents.
The ball park has little clusters of exercise equipment scattered around. It's like a little slice of Terramagne. \o/
These shadows are under a different type of tree in the parking lot.
One last shot of the hand camera and departing cresent.
This turned into a totally awesome trip and we're really glad that we went. The traffic was bad on the way down and terrible on the way home, but we made it through okay.
I kept seeing these pretty bushes with pink flowers; I think they were crape myrtle.
For supper we stopped in Effingham at Iron Skillet. It's a little overpriced, but has quite tasty food. I loved the fish basket and the no-sugar-added apple pie. <3
You can read one of my eclipse poems here.