Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking and hammock camping.

Posts

  • Cocking a snoot

    Cocking a snoot. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Actually, I was making a snoot to test out a hair light for Ginger’s video setup in her office.

    Snoot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snoot

    Parents will recognize the red tape on the scissors, and the initials on the tape dispenser. They are not there to deter things from being borrowed, but to assist with identification and reclamation!

  • Upon Reflection

    Upon Reflection — I grabbed the camera after the play of light on the bathroom mirrors caught my attention. To quote Ginger, “It’s a very Gary photograph.” Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Journal: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, Mark Twain National Forest

    Totality. 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    This is my third and (most likely) last total solar eclipse. 1999 in France and 2017 in Missouri being the first two. Ginger wanted a more open view of this eclipse, prompting me to find a small Farm Road that offered clear views of the sky, near the center track of the eclipse in the Mark Twain National Forest.

  • All over — That’s it for twenty years. 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    Totality over — time to go. 2024 Total Eclipse. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    That’s it then. Our choice of location was great, and the traffic on the drive home, while busy for small local roads, was fine. The nearest small town to us Doniphan, Missouri (Population 1,700 in 2020), had around 20,000 visitors — according to someone who was there.

    This Eclipse had been longer, and darker than both of my previous eclipses

    I realized afterwards that I didn’t research the eclipse thoroughly enough, and so wasn’t fully prepared for the event.

    “An eclipse is an eclipse? Right?”

    Wrong! They have different levels of darkness and duration, governed by factors such as how close the Moon is to the Earth. This Eclipse had been longer, and darker than both of my previous eclipses, and that had been so obvious that I had to research it when I got home.

    Heading home, we stopped at a still throbbing West Plains for food and a bathroom break. Well to be honest, we also swapped drivers, and Lanie and I indulged in dirty martinis.

    Keeping to the back roads to avoid the traffic, we dropped in to visit Jim and Carol on our way back to Springfield.

  • 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    2024 Total Eclipse — Not too bad for crop of a hand-held picture taken with a seven-year-old mirrorless camera, using the kit lens. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    2024 Solar Eclipse — Composite — Eclipse detail merged with an image of the corona. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Doing the Eclipse Dance — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    Doing the ‘Eclipse Dance.’ Just before the totality. 2024 Total Eclipse. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    Gary and Ginger prepare for the Eclipse. 2024 Total Eclipse. Photos by Lanie
  • Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    Lanie and Ginger getting ready for the Eclipse. 2024 Total Eclipse. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Lanie and Ginger chatting — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

    Eclipse Camp (Monday, April 8, 2024). 2024 Total Eclipse. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Eclipse Day, and the weather is looking wonderful. Warm with clear skies.

    We spent the morning chatting before breaking camp around midday ready for the big event which was due at one fifty-seven (by my calculations — which turned out to be correct).

    Eclipse Camp (Monday, April 8, 2024). 2024 Total Eclipse. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.