The Trip to Totality – Citizen Science

When Maddie asked if she could use my centrifuge for her sixth grade science project I immediately said yes. We’d been brainstorming ideas as I was mixing chocolate powder into milk. She was curious as to how much of the ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Letter to the School

Dear Mr H******: I am writing to let you know that I will be taking my daughters to see the Great American Eclipse. I realize this is the beginning of the school year, but because of the rarity and magnitude of ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – A Luna Eclipse?

Back in 2015 I told the girls we were going to watch a full lunar eclipse. Maddie held up her fluffy white cat Luna. “You mean a Luna eclipse?” “Granted she’s fluffy and white and reflects light, but no.” We loaded ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Great American Public Lands

As we planned our trip to Idaho, I pulled up the map and showed the girls the path of The Great American Eclipse across the United States. The shadow on the map made a cross-country swoop from the Pacific in ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Michael Collins & The Photo

I was driving Maddie somewhere on one of those bright hot summer days that washed out the sky and the desert so wide you feel alone in all the space. We were talking about the moon and the up coming ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – A Couple of Test Photos

My youngest texted me: go see the moon. She was on an evening walk with friends and knows I love to see a good moonrise. I grabbed the camera and tripod and headed out the door with my mind on ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Helpful Websites

Hey Eclipse Fans: I’ve been studying the hell out of maps, photography, and of course eclipse websites and books. First off, I ordered two Full Aperture (Solarlite) filters for each of our zoom lenses from Thousand Oaks Optical. After a bit of ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – 43 Days

One day I was driving around in a California oilfield when I heard the writer and astronomer Kelly Beatty on NPR's Here and Now, talking with Jeremy Hobson, about how stunned and awed he is whenever he sees a solar ... Read more »

When you walk on a winter day

When you walk on a winter day you turn the corner, and the afternoon sun catches you against the wall. Sure, ice patches the road and slush still fills the gutters, but you feel the late season warmth fall on you like a long ... Read more »

Skull Valley, Arizona – National Poetry Month – 10

Skull Valley, Arizona We’d hiked by the thicket all summer. The twisted brush, vines, tall grass, and an apple tree we kids thought wild. In the fall, after the wind knocked away the leaves and the rain started to plaster the grass to the earth, we ... Read more »

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