Monday, May 21, 2012

Annular solar eclipse

The annular solar eclipse was observed along the Pacific coast of Japan today's morning.

The dark silhouette of the Moon completely obscured the intensely bright light of the Sun and corona was visible around 7:30 a.m.  It is called 金環日食 “gold ring of fire eclipse” in Japanese.  Thanks to the clouds,  I could take pictures of the eclipse from my  garden, definitely not seeing through view finder but by holding camera high and seeing liquid crystal display without special devices.  I used optical zoom.  I was careful not to damage my camera as well as my eyes.

The sun looked like the moon. 

The ring was not gold but flaming silver.

On the ground, temperature dropped a little and wind blew. 

 “Shakuyaku/芍薬”, or Paeonia lactiflora, in my garden

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  1. 初めまして。金環日食の写真が Our World Tuesday で バッティングしてしまいました。

  2. The pictures are spectacular, Yoko! I have been surprised to see them on your blog just a few minutes after I finished reading about the eclipse in our online press.
    I understood the ring solar eclipse is an extremely rare phenomenon to see. And I didn't know it is called like that because of the Moon being at her farthest distance from the Earth and therefore unable to cover completely the sun's circumference.

    I had the chance to see a total solar eclipse in 1999 and it was an incredible experience. I feel so lucky to have lived and see it!

  3. What a fabulous experience! Your shots are stunning.

  4. Wow! It was fascinating to see these wonderful photos! I am interested to learn that you used a strategy that was not dangerous for your eyes or camera. I hope some day i will get to photograph an eclipse too.

  5. Cool captures of the eclipse. And I love the pretty flowers. Great post and thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.

  6. Wow! Beautiful and awe inspiring!

  7. Awesome sight!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  8. It's a great shot. My family also watched it well but I was riding on the train. What a shame..

  9. Dear Yoko - I am so impressed with the way you got such stunning shots. I have only seen an eclipse once which was let down by the poor visibility.

  10. Wonderful shots! What kind of lens/filter did you use?

  11. Fantastic shots!
    Thanks for sharing.

  12. INCREDIBLE!!! You really have some excellent views. We had a partial eclipse here, but it was still really wonderful to "see". Your shots are fantastical:) Or just plain ol' magic.

  13. My husband has seen two total eclipses. I was hoping for the annular to be my first, but we had too many clouds. Thanks for sharing. - Margy

  14. Absolutely stunning Yoko and so beautiful! You managed to capture the beauty of nature at its very best. Looks surreal. Really incredible!

  15. Really amazing shots. Thank you for sharing them.

  16. It's incredible that you have been able to catch such a unique and difficult to capture moment.

  17. 素晴らしい!

  18. TheChieftess – I didn’t use a solar filter, which is a must to protect the lens, camera, and my eyes. There were lots of clouds then, so I could take pictures, being careful as I wrote in the post. I used 45-200 mm lens and used optical zoom of the camera setting.

  19. I was able to see from Tokyo.
    I was impressed.

    I think a good photo.

  20. Wow, absolutely stunning pictures!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Many greetings
    Yvonne & Raphael

  21. What wonderful shots of the ring of fire; really excellent.

    I also read the post about the grandmother, I loved the picture of her elegant family with her sitting in the centre of it.

  22. To wygląda niesamowicie i gratuluję wspaniałych zdjęć.Pozdrawiam.
    It looks amazing and I congratulate the great pictures. Yours

  23. Great shots - all of them. Love the flower - you must have green thumbs.

    Happy Weekend Yoko

  24. the ring! heaven married the earth.

  25. ¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮
    Muito lindo!
    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!

  26. These eclipse photos are fantastic. Since there were clouds that day it is a wonder that you captured the event so well. The second picture from the top especially creates the illusion that clouds are passing right through the ring.

  27. Oh, how unusual photos. Thank you for sharing!


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