What an extraordinary way to initiate our arrival in southern Utah–watching the annular solar eclipse from a clifftop near our “summer home” outside Bryce Canyon National Park!
The owners of the Stone Canyon Inn–Mike and Dixie Burbidge (second row on right)–planned an eclipse watching outing for members of their family, which includes us work campers helping out this summer.
We hiked up Arches Trail in Losee Canyon in Dixie National Forest (about 20 miles northwest of the inn) and perched atop a cliff for the grand event. The owners brought eclipse shades to protect our eyes while staring at the sun, a picnic and ta-da!! Dixie’s memorable, homemade “moon pies.” Stuffed with marshmallow, these sweet cookies sported chocolate frosting ringed with orange icing, which is what the annular solar eclipse looked like through the shades.
I photographed this image of the partial eclipse with the plastic lens of the eclipse shades held in front of my Sony cyber-shot camera lens , which accounts for the variation in shading.
And I got this shot of the annular solar eclipse with a perfect ring of fire around it! Amazing what that little camera can do!
The event was fabulous! What a beautiful and fun way to spend time with the folks who will be our buddies all summer long!