Photo of eclipse as seen from Mt. Cardigan, NH, taken by Joana Miranda


One of my favorite things to do when visiting my mom at her cottage in NH is to hike up Mt. Cardigan.  Only 20 minutes away by car, the 1.5 mile hike is very easily accessible and not too strenuous.

At 3156 feet, it’s certainly not the highest climb I’ve ever done, but I think you’ll agree that the view…

(and the 360 degree panorama views) are pretty special!

It occurred to me that hiking up Mt. Cardigan today might be a great way to see the solar eclipse, and I managed to persuade my husband and two neighbors from Goose Pond to come along.  We brought along the requisite supplies – sweatshirts, hats, water, snacks, and, of course, homemade pin-hole “cameras” with which to view the eclipse.

The eclipse in NH was only at about 62% coverage.  This was what it looked like (courtesy of our pin-hole contraption):

Though interesting, the pin-hole thingy was obviously not the most sophisticated way to experience the eclipse.  However, we lucked out since a fellow eclipse-viewing hiker gave us a pair of eclipse glasses to try out.

(Here I am happily rocking my new look…)

Viewing the eclipse through the glasses was totally amazing.  The glasses not only provided the necessary eye protection, but they also made it possible to see the moon over the sun as if it were in 3D.

I managed to photograph the eclipse, too, by placing the glasses over the lens of my camera.  


    • Joana says:

      It WAS cool, Allen! Are you still in Hawaii? Did Hawaii get any of the eclipse? Andy and I are in Manchester, VT now for a few days of “couple time” before we head back to my mom and then to the city.

      Hope you are well!

  1. Maureen Gallagher says:

    Very nice! The cheers here from the beach and unseen neighbors – when we plunged into darkness at totality – were great. We immediately cheered too. But it wasn’t 100% dark and really seemed way shorter than 2 minutes. 🙄


    • Joana says:

      Hi Helen,

      That sounds very civilized, too! I was hoping that we’d see a big change in the amount of light, but even in the “path of totality” friends have told me that there wasn’t that much of a difference. I have to say the glasses really made the experience and I’m so grateful to the generous hiker who decided to share.

      xox – Joana

      On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 9:25 PM, JOANA MIRANDA STUDIO wrote:


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