Dancing illuminated crescents from partial solar eclipse

If you're in the Pacific Northwest on Oct 23, 2014, opportunities are slim-to-none for watching the partial solar eclipse due to unfavorable weather conditions.  However, if the weather in your area is good and the eclipse is deep enough, you may be in for an unusual treat.

As an amateur photographer, I look for uncommon subjects so this one caught my eye.  This opportunity not only depends on weather but also on whether or not there are any leaves left on your trees this autumn.

If the eclipse is deep enough in your area, it’s possible you’ll see dancing illuminated crescents, created when the leaves of trees and bushes act as pinhole cameras and project the eclipsed sun’s image onto cars and buildings (see photo below).  Read how and where to safely view the partial eclipse on earthsky.org

  This photo from Chris Walker in Dayton, Nevada, who captured a May 2012 partial solar eclipse.

This photo from Chris Walker in Dayton, Nevada, who captured a May 2012 partial solar eclipse.