Diurnal Adventure

 

Welding Helmet

Welding Helmet

Tansy and Constance came along to work with me on Thursday. It was pouring rain in the morning, and pouring rain at noon, and pouring rain predicted for the rest of the day.  But just at 1:30 the clouds rolled back, so the human went scavenging for equipment and confederates, and  we all dashed outside to view a partial Solar Eclipse! Of course it is dangerous for humans to look at the sun without protective eyewear so we availed ourselves of welding helmet and sunglasses…note – any blurriness you may perceive in these pictures possibly due to the disrupted waves of light as the moon moves in front of the sun…ahem…perhaps.

 

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Visor plate lifted

Visor plate lifted

Tansy and Constance were quite comfortable sharing the welder’s helmet. In this picture the visor is lifted, but when in use it is dropped over the window…

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Faked eclipse

Faked eclipse

This is a picture actually taken during the eclipse, and this is what it looked like to the humans when looking through the welders goggles inside the electronics welding helmet.  The moon in this picture is faked though – the real sun was too bright for the camera to cope with, and none of the confederates were astronomical photographers.  A little jiggery pokery with Lightroom gives an idea of what we saw.

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Real Eclipse

Real Eclipse

The Hitty’s favourite photographer took this picture with a phone, showing the sun visible through a cloud, nearing the end of the eclipse, and just before the clouds rolled in again.

 

We have had two soggy foggy lunar eclipses this year (April 14 and October 8th), with nothing to see at all but the mist and clouds.  The rainy beginning to today was very disheartening but all too familiar, and the Quimper Hittys were quite expecting to miss this eclipse completely. But instead they got a chance to see an exciting celestial event!

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10 thoughts on “Diurnal Adventure

  1. That’s wonderful! We got the last lunar eclipse but the solar one was not happening down on earth in Oregon. Thanks for providing virtual viewing. The girls look like they might like to take up welding!
    tcv

    • Those Quimper Hittys are ready to try anything, but their human isn’t very keen on the welding idea…Coastal Oregon is not a good bet for eclipse-viewing in general, but the Quimper Hitty Human saw a total eclipse of the sun in The Dalles, Oregon in 1979 (and another partial one in Cuzco Peru in 1980)!

  2. The Bonsai Hittys are elated to see eclipse photos from the Quimper Hittys and their persons, since we were totally “eclipsed” by clouds here!

    • We are glad to have been able to show you! The Quimper Hitty human was so sure it would be another rained out eclipse, that the camera was left at home…thank goodness for confederates who are not afraid to photograph dolls in public places!

  3. The Country HIttys were also able to view the eclipse but their person was not clever enough to photograph the event!! great pictures. Love the welding helmet.

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