oldcomputerguy wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:36 am
DW and I watched total eclipse from our back yard. (It was spooky. As the eclipse progressed from partial to full, the night-time creatures that normally serenade us from the woods began to sing, then stopped after full eclipse passed.)
I was in the 96% eclipse area, but it became cloud covered at just about 50%. Disappointing, but I was able to view it to that point. As it progressed, though, it became quite dark below the clouds.....the birds quit chirping and disappeared. The squirrels left for their nest and the crickets began their loud chirping. I went inside to watch the tv commentary. About an hour later I went for a walk in the neighborhood with my Old English Sheepdog (I made her leave the laptop as she needed the exercise.) It was still cloud covered, but light. As we were returning home and about a block and a half from the house, there came a juvenile racoon (not full grown, but getting there) across a house front lawn. The sheepdog and I stopped in the street watching it come toward us. Children were playing in the street about 20 yards away. The coon kept coming and coming.. It walked in the street to us, smelled my dog's hind leg, looked up to my eyes, turned and walked down another street, not running, just walking briskly. My dog didn't even look at the animal as it smelled her. She didn't care at all. The coon was not afraid of either of us. I can only surmise that as it became dark, and raccoons are nocturnal, the young raccoon and her mother went out and when it became light they became separated and the young one thought my sheepdog may be her. After the sniffing, it went on it's way to find her. That was a strange encounter.
In 2024, the full eclipse will be directly over us. I will be 91 and my wonderful OES will be 14. Maybe we can try that again.
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