Several years ago, sheer luck led me to the mountains of Nevada on a gorgeous, clear afternoon. Serendipity and a rental car brought me to Virginia City, its fabulous cowboy cemetery, and the most magical hour I’ve ever spent wandering among tombstones. There was a full solar eclipse.
Have you ever seen a solar eclipse? You can only look at them through special lenses or watch their shadows through a pinhole projector. In the cemetery that day, nature’s pinhole projectors, the leaves on the trees above the graves, cast these eclipse shadows.
Even before I realized that this rare cosmic event was happening, the Virginia City cemetery took my breath away. Spring in the mountains was just so gorgeous!
Best tombstone tourist experience ever!
I just had the most awesome cemetery afternoon ever!
I went to Virginia City, Nevada to check out a gorgeous old graveyard.
Had no idea there was about to be an annular solar eclipse until an excited group of folks with welders’ masks and funky glasses showed up and clued me in.
They loaned me their glasses so I wouldn’t burn out my retinas – think old style 3D glasses from the 50’s.
OMG! The view was so cool.
I paid back their kindness by showing them eclipse shadows on a couple of tombstones. These shadows are nature’s way of letting us see an eclipse safely. You could do the same thing with a pin hole projector.
The needles of a juniper tree provided the pin holes for me. I think any leafy tree would do.
The Sierra Nevada mountains… land of pioneers, gold mines and cowboys.