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Photo by E. Neil Harri
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Photo by Carolyn Rowland
2017: Keweenaw Solar Eclipse    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Chad Johnson
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Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 09:33 am:

The archive review has been going on for some months now and it amazes me how many times we've featured similar photos taken in the U.P. throughout the years. Today we look at weather related shots, starting in 2007, with a photo of the Eagle Harbor lighthouse shining through a strip of fog. E. Neil Harri captured the lighthouse doing what it was meant to do…guide sea goers through the fog.

One year later in 2008, Carolyn Rowland was on the shores at Redridge, watching some dramatic storm clouds rolling in over Lake Superior. Look how the cloud bank rises to meet the land, rather than engulfing it.

We have a bonus current photo for today, from Chad Johnson, taken Monday here in the Keweenaw during the eclipse. We did not experience totality here UP North, but through the break in the clouds, this is what we observed. Chad took this photo with his cell phone, waiting until it was completely cloudy to aim it at the sun, then when the clouds began to clear he took the photo without looking at the sun.
My hubby and I glanced briefly through a welding mask and saw just about the same thing as Chad's photo. It was actually pretty neat!

Since we didn't experience the totality of the solar eclipse, along with the majority of the rest of the country, I thought it would be fun to share this "time lapse" video of the 2017 Solar Eclipse posted by the Salt Lake Tribune. It was actually filmed from the shores of Palisades Reservoir in Idaho. Get ready to experience totality!

By D. A. (Midwested) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:00 am:

I always love strange cloud formations.

I took the opportunity of the eclipse to visit my Sister who lives in Southern Illinois. It was another 2-1/2 drive further south to the eclipsomania line of totality. (And a 4-1/2 hour drive back due to the heavy traffic and 4 way stop signs in the little towns.)

After moving twice to dodge some sparse clouds, I ended up just a few hundred yards from the center-line of totality. As a kid I remember making a pinhole camera from cardboard but this was my first total eclipse. It doesn't get quite as dark as that video indicates. I would describe it as a 360 degree sunset with twilight and a bit of pink sky in all directions.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:33 am:

Wow...the audio in that video was a bit intense, reminded me of a zombie movie.

"And all that's to come
-And everything under the sun is in tune
-But the sun is eclipsed by the moon"
(Eclipse, Pink Floyd)

By D. A. (Midwested) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:29 pm:


Where I was located I noticed similar howling and
crowd noise off in the distance. It must have been
the eclipsapalooza effect.

By D. A. (Midwested) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 12:39 pm:

I just noticed my old apartment is shown in the 2010 photo. Looking to the right of the Library Bar you can see a red and white chimney. That's the old bakery that I lived above (Crowne Bakery I think?). That white portion of the chimney was the repaired section after in the wind blew it over on November 10, 1975, the day the Edmund Fitzgerald sank. The bricks came smashing through the roof, onto the floor of the apartment above mine.

By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 01:58 pm:

Where I work in SE Michigan, a good half-dozen of us went outside at maximum coverage. I and a few others used the pinhole technique, but a couple of people had the eclipse glasses and were willing to pass them around.

I think next time I might travel to see what the total eclipse looks like; it sounds like that was much more dramatic.

By Capt. Paul (Eclogite) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 02:40 pm:

I managed to free myself a little time to drive up to Eastern Kentucky and caught the eclipse. I found a spot where somehow no one was around and setup shop for a few photos. There were clouds passing by, but I did manage to get the "money-shot" of the sun playing peek-a-boo behind the moon. Totality awesome!!

Edit: apparently, I can't tell my left from my right today..... that should be Western Kentucky, not Eastern (an impending hurricane will do that to a person!)

By Dunerat (Dunerat) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 02:43 pm:

Great photos and video today, thanks all!

I've always wanted to see a total eclipse, so I
took my kids down to western Kentucky in pursuit
of the 2017 event. Like D.A., we had to do some
last-minute cloud dodging, but we were rewarded
by an absolutely powerful and moving experience.
Nothing I've ever witnessed has even come close.
It's not just seeing the eclipsed sun; it's the
overall experience of what's going on all around
you. I'm still trying to sort my thoughts out
about it, but here's something I wrote afterward
that gets at some of what we experienced:

...Everything occurs in a predictable and
familiar way as the moon slowly moves over the
sun's disc, but the moment the diamond ring
effect fades out and totality begins, there's an
incredible transition to a suddenly-dark world
where you see things you have never seen before,
where there is no memory you can fall back on to
insert what you're seeing into a scale of
understanding. It is indescribably beautiful and
overwhelmingly powerful. You're standing at the
boundary between human emotional chaos and the
perfect order of the universe. And the hand of
God propels machinery whose only purpose is to
bring us profound joy.

Everyone, you should try to see totality at least
once in your life. Here's looking forward to

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 03:33 pm:

One thing I noticed about the path of the eclipse is that it crossed over SE-Tennessee, where lies one of the most wicked, paved motorcycle roads in the US called "Tail of the Dragon"...318 curves in 11 miles. If I was still healthy enough to ride, this is where I would have been on 08-21-17:

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 05:12 pm:

Capt. Paul (Eclogite):
"I managed to free myself a little time to drive up to (Western) Kentucky and caught the eclipse.

Edit: apparently, I can't tell my left from my right today..... that should be Western Kentucky, not Eastern (an impending hurricane will do that to a person!)"

Cap'n Paul:
Western KY might be a good place to be for the next 5-7 days, with Harvey expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 35 inches through next Wednesday in SE TX!

I hope y'all survive Harvey's visit with no problems!

By D. A. (Midwested) on Friday, August 25, 2017 - 06:32 pm:


You won't have very far to travel next time. Mark your calendar for April 8, 2024 when Toledo, OH will be just inside the zone of totality. Plus, next time totality will last almost twice as long as this year.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 10:03 am:

I've always loved these 2 pictures. A friend of
mine took the 2nd one and I hope to see her
tomorrow in Freda if we have a chance to stop
there on our way in.

Thanks for the video of the eclipse. That was
awesome! We had rain all day and didn't get to
see anything.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 07:01 pm:

Capt. Paul: Are you okay? Just watched the news and got worried.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 03:33 pm:

I've been wondering about them also. Hope all's
okay with them.

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