Sliver Of Sun

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Total Solar Eclipse, Just Before Totality

In the last few seconds before the sun disappears, one cannot help but feel time inexorably slipping away. There is a sense of loss, of things being finished too soon. But there also comes a clarity of the senses, as the mind makes one last desperate attempt to take in sensations before all goes black. There may even be the illusion of time slowing to a crawl. But in the end, it is only the clarity of the condemned. Weep as we will, time's arrow cannot be slowed, the planets cannot be halted in their orbits, the sun cannot be saved. One day there will come one last glimpse of sunlight, and it is this knowledge that gives poignancy to every other moment of our lives.

Location: Island of Guadeloupe, Eastern Caribbean Sea.
Date: February 26, 1998
Time: 2:20pm
Camera: Olympus OM-1 35mm SLR, on fixed tripod.
Film: Fuji Provia 100 slide.
Lens: 200mm at f/4 with 3X Teleconverter (effective 600mm at f/11).
Exposure: 1/125 second.
Scanned using a Nikon Coolscan LS-10E 35mm film scanner.


Revised: August 28, 2001
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