august 21, 2017

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“Simply knowing that God loves all people is not enough – it is the first step in allowing deeds of compassion, mercy and justice to flow from our hands.” ~ Rev. Katherine Redmond


blinded by the light


I stepped outside the office to view the eclipse and ran into lots of people I know like Catherine Brereton (above) and Deirdre Scaggs and Reinette Jones (below). The first time I saw the sun through the eclipse glasses (thanks to Stacy Yelton) it was totally amazing. I mean totally amazing. With the naked eye, and with my phone’s camera (carefully shielded by the eclipse glasses), there’s still a lot of light even at 95% totality. So, the glasses were a crucial part of the experience. It didn’t get nearly as dark as I expected, and the temp also didn’t fall as much as I thought it would. But none of that matters because watching the moon blot out the sun was seriously incredible. I feel like this was my warm up for the next eclipse due in 2024 north of here. I am so taking the day off (or I’ll be retired by then), getting an eclipse filter for the camera, and taking a road trip to the path of totality. What a glorious experience to watch the heavens work.


she sang total eclipse of the heart


ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone (snapseed)


dancin’ in the dark


dark side of the moon


august 8, 2017

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“Shine brightly.
See beauty.
Speak kindly.
Love truly.
Give freely.
Create joyfully.
Live thankfully.”
~ Mary Davis


solar stamp (snapseed)


Eclipse fervor is taking hold in Kentucky. Just today I had two people ask advice on photographing the event. The Science Library has already run out of free eclipse glasses. Then, after the mail ran, I discovered these cool eclipse stamps in circulation. Even at 95% of totality the eclipse exciting. 

august 7, 2017

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“Love recognizes no barriers.
It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
~ Maya Angelou


hide your eyes (snapseed)


Look what our science librarians have mustered for the upcoming solar eclipse! Anyone who wanders into the library can get a pair of eclipse-friendly glasses so they can experience the eclipse safely. I got my pair today. Here’s hoping for clear skies on August 21st. I look forward to photographing the students on campus because you just know they’re gonna be out in droves with those funny little glasses. It’s a full eclipse just a couple hundred miles from here in Hopkinsville, but we’ll still be at 95% here in Lexington. That’s not too shabby. Fayette County schools are canceling classes so kids can get the full experience of this rare celestial event. Stay safe out there, all you heavenly body watchers, and have the right kind of glasses or don’t look at the sun. Those are your choices.


info (snapseed)