The Solar Eclipse

Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Carol and I have spent a week back in Marin and it’s been super nice.  Morning fog to keep the temps down and afternoon sun to warm your heart.  We love coastal weather 🙂

We’re getting our ducks in a row for the upcoming solar eclipse.  I’ve never seen totality but the path crosses Oregon on it’s way to South Carolina.  We aren’t going to let this opportunity pass us by as we’ll be heading up to Bend, OR.

I’ve ordered my solar filters and will be shooting with my Nikon D800 and 200mm lens.  I also have a 2x converter so the effective focal length will be 400mm.  This is short by comparison to the telescope guys but it’s the best I can do.

Here’s a practice shot with a small sun spot clearly visible.

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Back Home in Marin

Tue, Aug 1, 2017

After three and a half months, we’re back in Marin County, CA.  Our Alaska adventure is over.

To recap, we left Marin on Apr 15 and drove up the west coast and then to Vancouver Island and on to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper National Parks.  Then to Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway and on to Anchorage, the Kenai Penensula, Denali, Fairbanks, the Inside Passage and back to Marin.  We drove 7,634 miles.  Alaska is a long way away.

We were fortunate to see a lot of wildlife including, brown bears, black bears, eagles, moose, caribou, fox, trumpeter swans, ptarmigan, humpback whales and a host of other critters.  We did not see wolves or orcas, two species on my never-seen list.

There were inconveniences including lack of cell service and wifi, torn up roads and the Dish TV blackout.  Minor inconveniences actually.

For now, we’re going to take it easy in Marin and then head back to Oregon for the Aug 21 total eclipse of the sun.