On Solar Wings - 2012 Eclipse

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    It was a cool breezy day on the Sacramento River Delta and everything seemed perfectly normal. Slowly a large shadow moved across the landscape and the normally bright California skies dimmed the moon passed between Earth and the Sun. California Gulls glided smoothly on the currents of air that turned the windmills across the river delta in Rio Vista. The May 20th Annular eclipse had begun but would only grow to a partial eclipse in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    The original plan was to travel north with fellow photographers heading for the Sun Dial Bridge in Redding California but things didn't work out and I wound up staying in the Bay Area bit did get out to see the show from the shores of the Sacramento River in Antioch. My wife and I were just parking as the moon took its first nibble of the sun. People enjoying a restaurant at the marina stared into the sun using an assortment of devices to view the still very bright light. I noted one using some old technology called 35mm film.

    Due to the proximity to the restaurant and the larger than normal crowd on the patio deck we were treated to a large number of California Gulls that frequently dine on leftovers, donations and a few stolen tidbits. Fortunately we were looking skyward for the vast majority of the time and were able to avoid any presents the gulls are famous for. We had a lot of fun watching them soar effortlessly across the sky as the eclipse sparkled in the sky above.

    © Darvin Atkeson
    LiquidMoonlight Studios

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    1. Rich Byham 23 months ago | reply

      Great capture.

    2. nemi1968 23 months ago | reply

      Great shot and processing
      Congrats on Explore :-)

      Via Today's Explore at #41 on Fluidr

    3. LTIFar 23 months ago | reply

      Nice shot

    4. Raymond Larose -> raylarose.com [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

      Wow - pretty amazing!

    5. LInDeZign 23 months ago | reply

      Marvelous image..!

    6. radargeek 23 months ago | reply

      Such an awesome shot. Love how plans didn't go as planned, but you still got a fabulous shot. Good eye, sir

    7. Panorama Paul 23 months ago | reply

      Now THIS is how an eclipse should be captured... wow... this is SUCH a cool shot!!

    8. Claire Gillam 23 months ago | reply

      WOW this is awesome! Fantastic shot, congrats on a well deserved explore =)

    9. Concorde Nick 23 months ago | reply

      This is quite spectacular. You outdid yourself! Very nice.
      Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )

    10. Tom ♠ 23 months ago | reply

      Oh this is remarkable, what a stunning capture, congrats for explore :)

    11. kim-by-the-sea 23 months ago | reply

      This is crazy good! Wow!

    12. trufrontier 23 months ago | reply

      Great capture, great composition, and great processing. I love the lens flares.

    13. rjccski 23 months ago | reply

      Excellent capture! Outstanding!

    14. Juanes Arredondo 23 months ago | reply

      Hermosa fotografía!!!!

    15. Kiwii Studio 20 months ago | reply

      Unbelievable!It's so awesome!!!

    16. moondoggie71 11 months ago | reply

      serendipitous capture, very nice.

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