So, today was the day I have been looking forward to for several months! As soon as I found out about todays Partial Eclipse, some 2 months ago, I booked the day off work! To say I was excited was a bit of an understatement! I’ve spent a fair amount of time this week, just staring at weather forecasts trying to work out where in the UK I was going to stand the best chance of catching a good glimpse and hopefully a few good pics too!
Luckily enough, the best weather for the whole of the UK happened to be right on my door step. So I could get out to enjoy something for the very first time (I honestly have no idea what sort of hole I was in in 1999, but it must’ve been a deep one). There has been quite a lot of hype around this mornings event and had already heard of a large number of people planning on watching it from the top of Pen Y Fan. However I fancied a slightly quieter viewing point for this, as I was intending to get to my venue for a little after 5am. At this time of the day I can barely talk to myself let alone anyone else!
So Fan Frynach via Craig Cerrig Gleisiad seemed like the perfect place. A quick check of the Photographers Ephemeris confirmed it was going to be a nice spot for sunrise too! And I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The predawn colours were incredible, with the most vivid purples and violets hovering above the main peaks of the Central Beacons, I do wonder if that was anything to do with this band of toxic smog around South Wales at the moment!The walk up was tough! Alot tougher than I remember. Though it isn’t as high, or as long a walk as Pen Y Fan I do think it is considerably steeper!
The sunrise was pretty spectacular! With the sun rising right in the saddle between Corn Du and Pen Y Fan and the customary “selfie” took place. The time was only 6:30 and I had quite a bit of time to plan my photo for the eclipse.
My intention was to capture the full sequence of the Eclipse and then over lay them on to an earlier photo of the location, in their correct positions in the sky! Now, had I achieved this I think I would’ve been quite proud of myself! And, I think I would’ve managed it too, it is certainly within my technical know-how. But alas, I fell asleep and then when I woke I had missed quite a large porton of the inital stages! So I had to settle with a few snaps of the final stages of the Moon passing between directly between me and the Sun.