Total Solar Eclipse 8/21/17

Good Day yesterday. Lois and I had the opportunity to witness and photograph the Total Solar Eclipse on 8/21/17. We drove south until we
were within a few miles of the center of Totality for the eclipse.

All the gear loaded up. Lois and me drove down to Summerton, SC, close to the center of the Totality line for the eclipse. Not too busy. We tried I95 first. Nope!! Stuffed with 3 mph cars. Turned around and went 15 all the way down with moderate traffic.

Started shooting at about 1:30pm, when the moon had just started to eclipse the sun. The whole session took about 3 hours.

This shot is a composite of several shots spaced apart about 15 or so minutes. The top shot is what is called “The Diamond Ring”, where the sun is just coming out of totality on the opposite side. The time limit to get this captured is about 3-4 seconds, so pay attention, and have the camera on a good tripod ready to go.

I wouldn’t miss this experience for anything. Totally amazing.

Sun’s Corona is bleeding off the edges of the moon. A few places on the right side the solar prominence is visible in pink / red.

“Diamond Ring” effect. The eclipse is just going out of totality, and the sun is peeking out on right side. This phenomenon is visible only a few seconds before the sun overpowers the camera sensor.

40.th Annual Daniel Boone Rally, Boone, NC

We took off August 12.th 2017 headed up to the 40.th Daniel Boone BMW rally in Boone, NC. Overcast, muggy morning. Went north via US52 to Asheboro, NC, then US64 – Lenoir. Had a good brunch in Lenoir, and continued up US321 to Blowing Rock, then to Boone. Overcast most of the way, which was fine with us, as the temperature stayed at a decent level. When we arrived at about 1:00 PM, the temperature was 75 degrees. Pretty good, for mid August.

Setting up Camp in Boone. Felt good going from 90 degrees and muggy to 74 and dry in just a few hours.

Somewhere on Blue Ridge Parkway. Weather held up pretty good, but started to cloud over in the afternoon.

Stopped for lunch Saturday at Hillbilly Grill in West Jefferson. We came up US194 from Boone. Fantastic twisty road. After we got done eating we headed up further north on US 221 (also an excellent road to ride). Ended up in Independence, VA, where we cut across e few small country roads up to Blue Ridge Parkway.

We decided to head up to Grandfather Mountain, since we had tried a couple of times on earlier trips to get up, but got stopped at the gate due to wind in excess of 45 mph. I guess that’s the limit for motorcycles. This time we made it, but as we arrived at the top, we soon realized we wouldn’t be able to see much. Fog lay thick around Grandfather Mountain, and was not about to let up. Nevertheless, we still had a good time.

Lois on the 1-Mile Bridge.

🙂

It’s shedding time in the mountains. Looked like she had just woke up.

This River Otter had fun basking in the water right in front of us.

Had a very good time, despite the rain on Saturday. Hit 90 degrees and very humid riding down into South Carolina on the way back home. Oppressive.

OH-STOC 2017

Ohio Stoc Meet 2017 took place at Lake Hope State Park in Ohio this year, and I just had to go. Stoc meets are mainly for Honda ST1100 and 1300 owners. I used to ride an ST1300, and know a lot of these guys from back in the days. Even though I currently ride a BMW R1200 GSA, I am still welcome to attent these great meets.

The ride was about 460 miles each way. Loaded the bike up on Wednesday June 7, took off the morning of June 8, and arrived around 1:30 PM. Unloaded the bike, and took a look at the cabin I was staying in with 3 others. Nice! AC, kitchen, , living room, 2 bedrooms and screened-in porch.

Filing in on Thursday afternoon

Chili simmering and almost ready to eat

You know, there's always room for more

Headed out to Old Man's Cave in Hocking Hills State Park, and started early in the morning to beat the heat.

Interesting, peaceful place..

 

Rode back home Sunday. Started at daybreak, again to beat the heat. By the time I came down the mountains down to North Carolina, it was already 85 degrees.

Never been riding in Ohio before. Very nice roads. Lots of rolling hills and farmland. Deer were out in force during the morning hours. Staying on your toes always pays off.

Foodplot for turkey and deer

Starting to clear a little woods to plant a foodplot for turkey and deer this year. In the process, some extra firewood comes in handy for winter.

Pennington Durana clover is the seed of choice.

The Kubota MX5200 is doing a fine job. Love that thing.

Once we get some debris off the site, we'll be ready to fertilize and seed. We'll see how it turns out.