TOTAL ECLIPSE in PAINTED HILLS, OREGON

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The Total Eclipse of August 21, 2017

As Seen from the Magnificent Painted Hills, Oregon

With Eclipstastic Music!

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We left Redmond, Oregon, at 7:15am.  Madras, just north of Redmond, would be smack in the path of totality, but we decided to experience the total eclipse further east at Painted Hills, Oregon.  Because it promised to be an extra special staging ground for the magnificent event.  In the 90 minutes it took us to drive to Painted Hills, I entertained my eclipse companions with all the eclipse themed music I could find on my Ipod, the highlights of which I will include here too, starting with the obvious and undeniable:

Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler

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Everywhere along the side of the road, people were setting up camp to watch the coming celestial event.

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Eventually we got to Painted Hills…

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Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

Black Hole Sun – Lea DeLaria

(Did you know Lesbian comic/actress Lea DeLaria recorded a jazz album of 90s alternative rock songs called “Double Standards”?  She also recorded a jazz album of David Bowie songs called “House of David”.)  

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Thousands were already parking on the side of the access road to the park.  We still found a spot in the official parking lot.

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The Sun Always Shines On TV – A-Ha

Ed and I making our way to the Painted Hills, joined by many other eclipse enthusiasts, some with especially made t-shirts.

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Shortly after 9am, the moon started making its way in front of the sun.

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Moonshadow – Cat Stevens

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Everyone has their cameras trained at the sun.  But there’s the spectacular vista of the Painted Hills all around for the picture taking too.

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Moonage Daydream – David Bowie

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We decided we would watch the main event from that hill up high:

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The view from up there:

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C Moon – Paul McCartney

I used the cheaper paper framed eclipse glasses at the left to cover my camera lens when taking pictures of the sun.  The more fancy magnifying eclipse glasses to the right covered my eyes.

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Man on the Moon – REM

 

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As we got closer to total occlusion, our shadows started getting fuzzy:

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And it got cooler, and darker:

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And then – Total Eclipse!

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It got very dark.

We could see Venus in the sky.  But unfortunately a thin haze from wild fires prevented us from seeing Mercury and other planets or stars.

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Invisible Sun – The Police

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Finally, right after total occlusion, a Diamond Ring appeared, when some sunlight burst through a crater on the moon just as the moon disk started moving away from the sun:

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The sun was coming back again, slowly but surely.

The Beatles:

Good Day Sunshine

Here Comes the Sun

Sun King

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Even though only a sliver of sunlight was spilling over the moon, it still made for a bright impression in the sky for my camera (but dim enough to be camera safe):

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Good Morning Starshine – from HAIR

The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) – from HAIR

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Above, a jet plane flies under the sun just as it slowly appears out of totality.

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In the Sun – Blondie

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As the moon slowly started uncovering the sun over the next 70 minutes, the first throngs started leaving the Painted Hills.  But we lingered.

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Sunrise Sunset – from Fiddler on the Roof

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Sunset – Kate Bush

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Small desert sunflowers.  I had never seen these before.

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Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me – Elton John & George Michael

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By the time we left Painted Hills, the moon had finally fully released the sun.

Now might be a good time to admit that the cardboard eclipse glasses made for a rather unreliable makeshift lens cover for my camera, resulting in some interesting photographic oddities and failures as I tried to safely zoom into the moon occluded sun.  Here is a photomosaic of them all:

 

After we left Painted Hills, we drove further East to see some more of the grandeur or mid-Oregon.

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Another Day of Sun – from La La Land

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Including this highway surprise – the “Shoe Tree”:

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We drove back to our home base in Redmond listening to Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”, of course.  I can’t share the whole album here, that would be too much, even for me.  But I will share the two most obviously salient tracks for today:

The Great Gig in the Sky – Pink Floyd

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About dannyashkenasi

I'm a composer with over 30 years experience creating music theater. I'm also an actor, writer, director, producer, teacher and general enthusiast for the arts.
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3 Responses to TOTAL ECLIPSE in PAINTED HILLS, OREGON

  1. Miriam Hilton says:

    Dear Danny,

    What a wonderful experience you shared! The setting, the photos, and the explanations made me fell that I was right there with you. And the musical accompaniment adds the perfect touch.

    Marquette had only a partial eclipse. But families and friends gathered near the NMU Observatory where some were able to watch through a darkened telescope. The rest of us made do with glasses, Kati made shadow boxes and lots of cheerful chatter.

    It was a beautiful day.

    Thank you very much.

    Love, Miriam

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  2. Gerry Rondo says:

    Nice job Danny. You seemed to have captured the highlights of the local experience. Especially the shoe tree!

    Liked by 1 person

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