Today’s eclipse that covered virtually the entire United States no doubt was an amazing spectacle to observe, and there are literally thousands if not millions of different perspectives that took place today.
For me, the perspective was from Michigan where we observed 81% totality. I didn’t want to take the chance of traveling to an area where there would be complete totality only to be shut out by the weather. In fact, about a 1/3rd of the path of totality was obscured with overcast conditions. Several friends made the trek and some came away not seeing the eclipse. I can at least say I finally saw one, if only part of it.
Though my photos may not be like so many others that are better due to the fact they had a better view of the eclipse, I can’t say that I’m unhappy with the results that I had from simply standing in my yard with tripod and camera doing the work.
So here is how I saw the eclipse today:
Today’s Eclipse sponsor in part by Apple Inc……
Totality in Grand Rapids, Michigan (81%) at 2:22p
Ahead of a trip to Europe in a few days, I needed to calibrate a few pieces of equipment so we decided to make an afternoon of it and head to Lake Michigan and catch the sunset.
For those of you unfamiliar with Lake Michigan, it is the 5th largest lake in the world with a surface area of 22,400 square miles and has over 1600 miles of shoreline. It it also known as the largest lake in the world to be within the borders of a single country. History suggests that the name Michigan comes from the Ojibwa word ‘Mishigami’ which translates into ‘Great Water’. Very fitting.
Being that I live only 20 minutes from the lake, I figured it would be a good place to take the photos I needed to test the equipment. Conditions were great and we were treated to a fantastic sunset, so what became a quick run for a few photos became bit of a ‘trip report’.
All of the following images were taken inside of Holland State Park. Fortunately crowds were small but the view was large! Enjoy!
A bit of history behind Holland Harbor:
No trip to the lake is complete with the standard Seagull photos……
While waiting for the sunset, a Windsurfer provided some decent subject matter….
Then came the light show……..
I like this shot especially because of the contrast between the blue sky and clouds ‘blocking’ it from the sunset.
My favorite from the evening…..
Visitors are treated to a dramatic sunset….
Holland, Michigan’s famous Lighthouse at last light….