On July 11th at 18:45 universal time, the moon passed directly in front of the sun.
And I was there to see it.
It was gloriously f**king awesome. (Excuse my Anglo-Saxon. :-)
When we woke eclipse morning on the French Polynesian atoll of Tatakoto, it was raining! But the clouds parted for first contact, and then the sun played hide and seek until just before totality, when I got this shot of the diamond ring effect amongst the clouds.
It cleared for totality and then clouded over not long after. It was my first eclipse and it was everything I hoped it would be.
More posts of my trip to follow ...
It turns out that this may be an image of a rather unique phenomena, eclipse shadow bands. Even more intriguing, is that this is the first time shadow bands have been reported seen in clouds. All of the other reports have been on the ground.
My image, and a number of other images and videos form the path of totality, is actually being used by an astronomer at Steward Observatory in Arizona, Glenn Schneider, to determine if these are really shadow bands.
I think it is incredibly cool that one of my images, from my first eclipse, may have captured something "historically unique".