Partial Solar Eclipse at Sunrise

An eclipse at sunrise is always a gamble in this climate, especially in winter. I was fortunate on this occasion to get a brief glimpse between the clouds, even then it was only part of the sun. By the time the sun got above the cloud layers the partial eclipse was over.

The poor view of the eclipse was compensated by some very atmospheric twilight colours as the sun rose. This was helped by a slight fog in the Vale of Pewsey which scattered the lilac dawn colours. That was followed by red as the sun peeked through the cloud layers.

This panora shows the scale of the effect but a computer monitor can't really show the delicate colours properly, or simulate the chilly breeze on the hill!

Canon EOS 5D   4th January 2011
Wiltshire, England

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