An Upside Down Twilight...

eclipse_1

twi·light

ˈtwīˌlīt/

noun

  1. 1.

    the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the refraction and scattering of the sun's rays from the atmosphere.

    synonyms:half-light, semidarkness, gloom

    "it was scarcely visible in the twilight"  GOOGLE DEFINITION

ecpipse_2

Outside Meeteetse, Wyoming we drove the dirt  Pitchfork road southwest which follows the Greybull River up to its source in the Absoroka Mountains, the southeast boundaries of Yellowstone National Park.

eclipse_3

at 10,500 ft. looking out at the 360 degree view above timberline which included Phelps Mountain and a gathering of bighorn sheep unimpressed by the eclipse... 

eclipse123.jpg

we waited and observed, sharing all the "Eclipse" knowledge of totality and what to expect in temperature, light, animal behavior and such, getting phones out to do videos. 

7.jpg

There had been two factions that morning, those that would not settle for less than 100% totality. That group, mostly made up of engineers, scientists and one lawyer, were willing to hike two hours over steep and rocky terrain, first 4x4 driving up to the abandoned mining camp of Kirwin. There they would have almost a minute of totality, where the moon completely covered the sun, making visible the corona...

"A corona (Latin, 'crown') is an aura of plasma that surrounds the sun and other stars." WIKIPEDIA DEFINITION

Armed with turkey sandwiches and a lesson in what to do if one meets a grizzle bear, the Purists headed out first. 

8.jpg

Those of us with more interest in the creature comforts of well, you can see by the pictures, set out for a  4 wheel drive road that would at least get  us above the haze and waited...

11.jpg

checking the progress of the moon as it slowly slid from the top right side of the sun across the surface.

3.jpg

When the eclipse came, or at least 99.8% of it, the world looked like a 360 degree sunset from above instead of from the horizon. The shadows became weirdly crisp...

18.jpg

and it became darker then my high tech camera recorded, but not anywhere complete darkness. We discovered that even the tiniest amount of the sun's powerful rays is enough to illuminate the sky.

1.jpg

Then in an instant, the sun and moon traded places and the light poured out from the other side of the moon, becoming bright much faster then it had taken to darken.

eclipse.jpg
eclipse15.jpg

And then the moon went on its way and sun shone again,  the wildlife went back to the activities of the day and we drove down the mountain.

Kelly LewisComment