Last Sunday, dinner was late. Not because the day had fallen apart. Rather, there was an annular eclipse of the sun that almost, but not quite, reached totality in our neck of the woods right when I would normally be getting dinner on the table. Naturally we had to go outside instead of eating.
The coolest part in my mind, however, was how the gaps between the leaves of the back yard trees acted as natural pinhole cameras. I've noted this before in other eclipses, but this time the projection on the side of the house in the late afternoon low-angle sun was particularly neat. When the wind came up, the whole set of images would shimmer and dance.
While this all happened, the daylight was noticeably dimmed. The cats tore insanely about the house. Of course, that might be just because they too were hungry for dinner.