Sunday, September 10, 2017

Stompin' at Festatoa

Cuttin' a mulch at the 2017 Festatoa, inspired by the sounds of the Yves Giraud Band. Thanks to Jody and Jennifer for letting everyone have a mad great time at their place, and thanks to the many people who contributed in one way or another. It was a beautiful day.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Cloudy Eclipse from Jay

Jay Zietlow was part of the gathering at David and Kim's documented below. Unlike me, he applied himself to making photographs during the height of the event. Here are four pictures from just before, during, and just after the totality. The picture from the totality appears to be showing a solar flare. Click to see them bigger.

Saturday, August 26, 2017


A whole bunch of people gathered on August 21 at David and Kim's new house to watch the eclipse in the Area of Totality (which would make a good name for a band or a novel). 

Most folks got there early so they could get good and ready.

Like Jacob, who was good and ready.

Some of the kids found it hard to make the eclipse glasses work, so Pace and David made some modified glasses

that were easier to use. (At least one older person found this technology helpful as well.)

Matt and some other folks made a crawl-in, pinhole eclipse viewer.

This is what it was doing inside (multiple pinholes were involved).

Tracking the progress of the moon across the sun.

The sky got pretty cloudy just before the totality, but the clouds were moving and had thin places, so we got a series of beautiful, breathtaking views of the corona. Despite the dimming of the light beforehand, the sudden darkness was stunning. During the last bit of the totality, the sun was not visible at all, and the first bit of direct sunlight to slip past the moon lit up the clouds as though someone had flipped a switch.

Click to see this larger. You might know some of these fine people.

An eclipse in the palm of my hand. Many thanks to David and Kim for being excellent hosts.

Click the triangle to hear a bit of what it sounded like:

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Checkin' the specs

Tal Galton and Sandy, from Environmental Engineering and Measurement Services, checking specifications and calibration at the Clingman's Peak rain collection site. The site is part of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program, one of the longest-running environmental monitoring studies in the country.

Farewell, Paulus

There was a lovely memorial service for artist, teacher, and long-time Penland neighbor Paulus Berensohn on the knoll at Penland last week. The structure was built for the event by Jonah Stanford. More pictures here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tower of pickles

No cucumber is safe at the Bernstein's.

Saturday, June 24, 2017