Beep Beep Beep, went the alarm this morning at 6:30 a.m. to get my wife and I up early. Today was the day of the eclipse, and we didn’t want to miss it. The astronomers said that the next ring of fire eclipse visible from the Kanto (Tokyo) area would not happen for another 300 years. It was definitely one of those once in a life time chances.
We scrambled out of bed my wife grabbed the special eclipse watching shades and I grabbed my cameras. I had made no special preparations as far as equipment. I am of the mind that whatever I am able to capture with my lens than that is the way it is to be.
The sun was actually higher in the sky than I had imagined that it would be. It had cleared the Nagisa New Town Danchi complex down by the river side and was being a bit shy as the sun hid behind puffs of clouds. It was a bit frustrating not being able to see the sun clearly though the clouds.
We donned our special shades and tried to have a look. At first we really couldn’t see anything through the shades, then suddenly we could start to see the moon passing over the sun. It would only last a few seconds before the clouds would chase it away.
I remember back in Leewood Elementary School in Miami we once tried to observe the eclipse by using the pinhole technique. It wasn’t that exciting but it was better than going blind by the sunlight.
Now with the new materials available we were actually able to watch it happen. The sky grew dark. We weren’t alone either. Our neighbors could be seen hanging from their windows too. We were all up early to catch this celestial spectacle. It will be be as an afterimage in the collective mind of all those that witness this wonder.
The pictures I got weren’t the greatest. That isn’t a problem for me, because getting to witness this event with my wife, my heart and all of our neighbors was golden.