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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Total Eclipse

I hope you got a chance to see it. So often when these celestial events occur it's cloudy or daytime or it's all happening in the southern hemisphere. Last night it was clear, if frigidly cold, and I had BD the astronomer, to wake me in time to watch the excitement. And hear it - because as the moon darkened, thousands of geese began to stir and then fly up into the midnight blackness, honking and calling and complaining. Priss barked and howled all night long, but wouldn't come inside. Jack, otoh, lifted one sleepy white head, then plopped it back down on the blue sofa and went back to sleep. 
This isn't the first time I've seen animals get upset by eclipses. Back in the long ago years when LD was in elementary school (sometime before 1986)  there was an eclipse of the sun. BD, the astronomer,  and I drove down to the mouth of the Rappahannock, to Deltaville, and watched it. As the sky grew dim and then actually dark, all the crabs and eels came up to the water's edge - as if it were full midnight. Hundreds and hundreds of eels nosing up to the sand, as if asking "What's happening? Is the sun being eaten by a dragon?"

Nature is a marvelous thing - be glad you are part of it. 

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