Did anyone else forget about the solar eclipse last night?
I had gone up to our local overlook for an hour of quiet thinking and to shoot the sunset, but when I got up there, there was already quite a few people, some with tripods and long lenses, others with cell phones and little point & shoots.
Everyone was in jolly moods and the feel in the air was quite a festive one.
I don’t know if the feeling came from the close of a beautiful weekend, or from the local festival that our town had put on that afternoon.
There had been a beer garden.
But whatever the reason, folks were lining up on the wall that surrounded the overlook
and the parking spaces were filling up rapidly.
I have to admit, I was rather irked that the peaceful solitude I was looking for was being over run with
noisy kids and loud onlookers that seemed to know more than they really did.
And I still didn’t know why there were so many people at “my” spot.
So naturally, I started to eavesdrop.
It was only then that I learned about the eclipse about to take place.
Guess that explained the welder’s mask that was making the rounds amongst everyone gathered.
Truthfully, I wasn’t really in the mood for an eclipse, for some reason they just don’t invoke the “ooh’s” and “aww’s” that they do in other people.
I just wanted the sunset that I had come for.
But I guess an occasional eclipse doesn’t ruin the shot, either.