One of the most remarkable affects due to last week’s solar eclipse was the change in the shadows. The light from the sun was divided, so you had different shadows cast by the sides of the sun. The effect was like being under several spotlights on a stage. If you weren’t looking for the effect, you might not have noticed it at all. Seeing this was almost as amazing as the eclipse itself.
Another interesting shadow effect was created by observing the sun casting dappled shadows, replicating the image of the crescent sun. In areas with large trees, the effect is more pronounced. It was fun to play with rabbit bush shadows. It made me wish I had some light sensitive paper to capture the effect.
If you do a Google image search for “shadows and eclipses” you will see more interesting and beautiful images of this effect.
The next eclipse for the the western U.S. will be on August 21, 2017, and it will be heading right smack dab over Grand Teton National Park. I’ve already marked my calendar.