Ecliptical Crescents on My Wall

I took these photos last night during the brief period when the sun and moon were aligned with my dwelling. It was an annular solar eclipse, meaning the moon was relatively distant from the Earth which meant that the moon’s orb size in the sky was not big enough to entirely block out the sun as in a total solar eclipse. But what did I care? I had these amazing shimmering crescents everywhere to look at. They are caused when tiny gaps between leaves act as pinhole cameras.

The third picture is an image of the eclipse after the light passed through an actual pinhole in a piece of paper. You might have to enlarge it to see the tiny crescent.


  • Joe Tall Posted May 21, 2012 8:13 am

    How did you produce the second photo with the multiple rings of fire?

  • WayneL Posted May 21, 2012 8:19 am

    Joe, those images were the light coming through leaves on a tree. I’ve seen that before, only it was hundreds of tiny eclipses. I wish I’d been medding back then. It would have been very cool to sit beneath a tree meditating with thousands of dancing suns on me. Neat, Tommy. I don’t feel I missed it anymore. Thanks.

  • Regina Howe Posted May 21, 2012 8:27 am

    Awesome job thx you for this…I
    was not prepared to see this so thx

  • Tommy Angelo Posted May 21, 2012 9:02 am

    “How did you produce the second photo with the multiple rings of fire?”

    That picture is untouched and uncropped. All I did was stand really close to one of the walls that had crescents on it and shoot. I have no idea why the wall came out blue. It’s actually white.

  • Palsport Posted May 21, 2012 9:44 am

    Excellent photos Tommy! I especially love the third one with the chicken eating the box of Junior Mints.

  • Angelika Posted December 14, 2015 11:44 am

    buns, tater tots (for the boys) and sweet potato fries for me and Darling Hubby. Friday -a0 Crescent Roll Chicken (made with hommaede crescent rolls) Saturday Homemade pancakes Sunday Steak and

  • carinsurance Posted January 6, 2016 11:57 am

    I’m not quite sure how to say this; you made it extremely easy for me!

  • auto insurance Posted January 14, 2016 2:50 am

    That’s really thinking at a high level

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