Green Source DFW columnist Amy Martin, third from left, with her husband Scooter Smith, right, traveled to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Nebraska with friends Tex Frossard and Dianne Frossard, left, for the solar eclipse on Monday. Photo courtesy of Amy Martin.

Aug. 23, 2017

Solar mailing tubeFor many North Texans, the solar eclipse on Monday was a happy distraction from national politics and an excuse to venture outdoors during work or school hours.

While procrastinators scrambled to make homemade pinhole projectors in the 11th hour, eclipse enthusiasts were proudly packing ;their solar glasses purchased in advance for the big day.

Many simply stepped outside office buildings or into backyards, however, a number of Green Source DFW readers hit the road to witness 100 percent coverage. That includes our own Amy "Moonlady" Martin, who trekked to Crawford, Nebraska. (Look for her follow up report next week). Here are some of our favorite pics and posts from the day, beginning with a poem from Dallas environmental writer Anna Clark.

Above, a cardboard mailing tube serves as a pinhole projector. Photo by Julie Thibodeaux.


Solar Eclipse, crescent moon reflections

Slice of Heaven

Light-dappled concrete blooms
With crescents shimmering bright,
Is this sun or is it the moon,
That inspires such wild delight?

Sunbeams and moonlight incite
In us everyday expectations,
But when celestial bodies unite,
They ignite deep revelations.

Both aspects of duality,
Reminiscent of yin and yang,
An eclipse of totality,
A hint of whence we sprang.

Anna Clark @2017

Above, The solar eclipse created dazzling crescent sun reflections. Photo courtesy of Anna Clark.


Eclipse Shadows

Eclipse Shadows. Video by Jen Schultes of Fort Worth.


Solar oven cobblerLori De La Cruz, sustainability director at Mountain View Community College in Dallas, showed off peach cobbler baking in the solar oven during the campus solar event.  



Solar e-Ritz




Carrollton biologist Tracy McFadden discovered a Ritz cracker made an excellent pinhole projector.





DIY solar eclipse glasses


These don't look like the regulation glasses. Photo posted by Van Johnson. 









City of Fort Worth staffers shared a single pair of solar glasses that one person thought to bring. Photo courtesy of Debbie Branch, Field Ops Superintendent for City of Fort Worth.

Solar eclipse pinhole projection


"No fancy skills required," said Brian Lochlaer, founder of Harp Seals DFW. "Just two sheets of paper and a needle. My camera couldn't do it justice, though."




Solar eclipse cereal boxes“Procrastination = rigged cereal boxes,” said Jillian Jordan, Keller-based founder of the Great Seed Bomb, who vowed to be ready for the 2024 solar eclipse.






Solar eclipse colander viewer


A colandar created an interesting effect. Photo by Van Johnson.

Solar Eclipse Austin








Friend Sarah Shaw of Austin posted this pic from A-town. See you in 2024! 



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