Basking in the solar eclipse; tale of a horse named Eclipse

Close-Up #4 Saturday 26 August 2016   With all you have seen and heard about Monday’s solar eclipse, that at 1,500 miles an hour swept in totality across a swath of the USA and caught the rest of us watching at various percentages, here’s a quick  unrelated tidbit:

Eclipse, one of the most famous of English race-horses, the great-grandson of DARLEY ARABIAN, foaled 1 April 1764. He ran his first race 3 May 1769, and from then until October 1770 ran in eighteen races, never being beaten. His skeleton is preserved in the Royal Veterinary College, London. His fame gave rise to a saying applied to a person of outstanding ability who outstrips all rivals, ‘Eclipse first and the rest nowhere.'” Can’t you just hear a race announcer’s raised voice spitting out that last sentence?

That quote comes from The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable: the quintessential guide to myth, folklore, legend and literature (Wordsworth Editions Ltd., Cumberland House, Crib Street, Ware, Herefordshire, 1975).

Makes me wish I’d have seen the harness racing at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair last month. That would have included the three-year-old trotters, in addition to the draft horse hitches, the horse-pull, and especially the multitude of 4-H show patterns sponsored by the 4-H Saddle Club. Noted for 2018.

I am glad I did see the solar eclipse on Monday, both 90 percent live and totality live on a large screen in Central Park, Elkhart.

The solar eclipse, on screen from Oregon, Illinois, and Elkhart, Indiana

This live screen view of the solar eclipse is from Oregon. I’m in Central Park, downtown Elkhart with several hundred eclipse watchers–along with the larger-than-life duo sculpture, God Bless America, by Seward Johnson–marveling at the movement of moon over sun. It was truly an event that brought peoples together.
The videographer from ABC Channel 57 shared his eclipse-watching glasses with us. Wonderful live view. I spent an hour in queue to get glasses that the public library was handing out–but they ran out of the 250 pairs they had left from the 1000 pairs they had given away in special programs they conducted over the last few weeks. Thankfully we had our homemade viewer cereal box in hand, too..
Sighting over Carbondale, Illinois. More than 50,000 people gathered at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with 200,000 travelers to the 16-county region there to watch the total solar eclipse.
Marty watches the solar action in the viewer she made. We were in the 90 percent range of a total eclipse. We felt the temperature drop a few degrees and good vibes waft across the green..
A blurry shot of the bottom of the cereal box. Again, I’m glad for the cameraman who shared his glasses.
Served the purpose. The few seconds of seeing it with the proper glasses was more than icing on the cake. It was part of experiencing a gathering where people were caught up in kindness, shared awe, wonder.

Scenes from our walks in town this week

Mmm, Mmm melons, from Mongo in LaGrange County


An organizer in Carbondale quoted Dr Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Timely words, indeed.

Stay calm and  keep the faith.


Among the outstrippers

An eclipser on terra firma on I 80-90 in LaGrange County, a race to the next terminal.

2 thoughts on “Basking in the solar eclipse; tale of a horse named Eclipse

  1. WWWho will take up the mantle of supplying valuable information to family and friends when you give up the chore? We loved your report of the eclipse. I’ll bring you a report of my great-great Granfather’s sharing eclipse information with his Indian friens.


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