As a fan of so-called celestial phenomena, I’m usually in the wrong place at the right time, or in the right place at the right time but under the cover of clouds – both situations usually involve comets and the Northern Lights, or northern Lights . Sometimes I point my camera at the sky from here, while 3 meteors crisscross there.
Even with this dismal astronomical record, when the forecast predicted a likely chance of seeing the partial solar eclipse over Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, it was time to craft a plan of action. The people of Michigan would only see a partial eclipse because the totality path was northeast of us. But to capture even that sight, success would involve three parts: clear skies, calm water, and getting up far too early to drive my canoe to the lake for the ultimate selfie video – paddling silhouetted by the partial solar eclipse. In my mind, everything was lining up, so I knew there was no way it was really happening.
At 5 a.m. Thursday, June 10, in Linwood, Michigan, clouds covered the horizon before dawn in Lake Huron. There, too, waves of two feet were crashing on the shore. Another dud of a celestial event for me, I thought, but maybe I could still get a video in my boat in front of a colorful, cloudy morning sky if I moved to a local beach instead of the rocky shore of the Launching ramp.
Sunrise arrived still cloudy, but luckily my skepticism soon turned out to be false as the clouds broke just enough for this “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse to end exactly where I wanted it. . It was amazing to see the moon and the sun rise at essentially the same time and in the same place – relative to me, of course. And, while the water was still a little choppy, the nocturnal roughness smoothed out just enough to launch the canoe and capture my video in front of this blazing crescent of sun.
Mark a mark in the selfie column for this 2021 Partial Solar Eclipse.
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