2017 Solar Eclipse info Links

2017 Total Solar Eclipse info
Even here in southern Washington we will be in the range of 98% totality, which means that during the #Eclipse2017 #greatamericaneclipse it is still VERY dangerous to look at the sun without proper filtering glasses.
I know that the Goldendale Chamber Of Commerce has several pairs for sale for two dollars each. They may also available at the Dalles – Wasco county library and the White Salmon Community Library for free. I will be sharing some links here on the page for information about the eclipse coming up.

This website is where I got the map screenshot from and they sell 11 x 14 posters of this map. The site also has a ton of information relating to the eclipse! You can buy eclipse viewing glasses in bulk on this site great for schools and libraries etc.
>>>CLICK HERE for the website<<< greatamericaneclipse
They also have this handy book comes with two pairs of viewing glasses, $9.99 for the package

Traffic could be a real issue even on Highway 14 leading up to and following 21 August. Be prepared!
This article has excellent tips for important things to make sure you have in your car if you head into the areas of totality in Oregon or other places.
>>Click Here for 16 Essentials for your car<<

There are festivities planned in Goldendale, WA the 20th and 21st with viewing locations set up on the 21st, even though they are not in the path of totality they're close enough to the edge they will still get about 98% of the total eclipse.
Goldendale Chamber of Commerce

**Photographers need to know their camera also needs a filter or it can destroy the sensor.^**.
Here is an example of inexpensive filter you can purchase to create a filter to your lens.
Filter prices are climbing fast now as companies are running out of stock.

I've seen people take this filter and sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard a bit larger, with a circle slightly larger than your camera lens cut out for the filter. That cardboard holder can be clamped together around the edges with those folding paper clips for documents. It can then be glued to the end of a cardboard tubes slightly larger than your lens.
This makes it easy to remove for totality and put back on as soon as the light begins to return. Here is an example compliments of Jamie Hill Photography

Excellent iphone app if you plan to be inside the totality zone for the eclipse, complete with prompts and reminders for each stage of the event.
Solar Eclipse Timer by Gordon Telepun
And here is a video interview with Gordon Telepun with the breakdown on the different parts of the eclipse to watch for.

If you are simply unable to get to a place where you can witness the total Eclipse, there are people live streaming it with telescopes. Here is another iPhone app, but they're probably on a website too.

Total Solar Eclipse by Exploratorium

I implore people to not let their view of others be so harshly influenced by the actions of a few radicals on either side of the many issues we face in the world; or by the endless stream of twisted or outright fake news from either extreme.

Memes are not the answer to everything. Political memes from either side are most often twisted partial truth or outright lies. They are designed to provoke knee-jerk gut reaction’s and inflame tempers and sadly they work very well. People read them and believe what they read instantly because it resonates with what they want to believe. They pass it on as a fact and it becomes fact in the minds of many people who never bother to check it out.
Whether it be politics, religion, race, or whatever, pause before you post a knee-jerk reaction to someone’s post on Social Media. Think and research instead of spewing hate filled nasty comments that make you sound worse than what you’re complaining about. Sharing facts that are well documented and links that explain the other side of the issue logically are much more effective at getting people to think.
Rather than condemning those around you who have a different mindset on issues, have real conversations with them about the reasons; share your reasons and thoughts with them. Why is that so much to ask?
Both sides of most all spectrums have small factions that act very dishonorably or violently, and both sides have many many good kind people. Do not judge a whole group on the actions of a few.
Personally, I so much enjoy and love my friends and family from all the political parties and walks of life, not because of your politics, race, or religion; but rather because of the goodness in each person.
I just wish that everyone would agree to disagree agreeably. What can I say, I’ve always been a dreamer. So much so that my birthday wish since I was a child blowing out candles was that the world could experience peace and people would get along and be happy.

Heart of Buddha

“He who experiences
The unity of life
Sees himself in all beings, and
All beings in himself.
He looks on everything
with an impartial eye. ”
~from “Heart of a Buddha”

Aurora from my Alaska trip this last Fall.

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Aurora from Lower Kenai Peninsula

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From Sun to Hail in One Hour


This was Saturday afternoon 11/05/16 near Anchor Point, Alaska on the southern Kenai Peninsula, where I nearly got covered with hail at Whiskey Beach. Slideshow with music is posted on the blog post.  I wanted to stay and watch it happen and then I looked at the hill I had to drive up to get out of there. It’s a very very steep windy road already getting white, and I was not at all sure of the van in the icy conditions. Good thing, because by the time I was driving on the highway’s they were solid white and getting slick with about a half inch of hail. Next morning I discovered all the hail balls were perfectly preserved in the freezing temperatures  😀😳

Music is “Soaring” by David Michael of Purnima Productions from the album “Above the Clouds” which can be purchased at this link
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidmichael22

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Willow Puts his best foot forward

Recently I shared a story of my cat Willow who had disappeared for a month in the Alaskan Bush. I wish he could tell me the stories of everything he went through. I’m sure some of it was very traumatic because he panics in small spaces.  Nevertheless he’s eating large amounts and getting those bones covered with a layer of flesh again. I appreciate the help various people gave me on his behalf so he could see the vet.  He says thank you.  

Awww i love you too!

Mom will you quit bugging me with that camera?