On May 21st, I woke to my UNIQLO alarm clock app at 7:20AM to catch the once-in-a-lifetime chance of looking at the 金環日食, or the annual solar eclipse.
Worried that I was already late, I rushed out of my house in my pajamas, equipped with sunglasses and my five year old Canon XS 1000, to catch the excitement. After a quick glance at the cloudy sky and weird looks from early commuters, I quickly retreated to a corner, hoping to catch a good photo spot.
You may have noticed that my camera does not zoom very far. However, I was able to get some good shots when the ring formed. It was so exciting to observe the entire process from the beginning to the end. Seeing the moon slowly pass by and eventually covering the sun to create the ring made me so emotional that tears came out of my eyes, which happens very rarely. It was as if the entire world had come to one. I could hear the little boys shouting from the elementary school. I saw the little girls’ heads sticking out of their bedroom windows, fully equipped with their adorable eclipse-viewing sunglasses. Later everyone talked about their eclipse-viewing experiences. I wish people would cherish the earth more, not just during rare events.