PhotographerDr. P. Clay Sherrod
Location of photoPetit Jean Mountain, Arkansas
Date/Time of photo~8:10 p.m. CDT May 20
Equipment200mm Canon Telephoto Lens on Canon DSLR, no filter.
DescriptionThere could not have been a more spectacular and memory-provoking end to a
warm Sunday in Arkansas: the spectacular sunset through high clouds in a
fiery red sky over Mount Nebo as seen from the western bluffs of Petit Jean
Mountain would have been enough to inspire even the dull at mind. But
combine that with the Earth's moon moving ever-so-slowly eastward and
beginning to cover up the setting sun, as though a giant celestial dragon
was chomping at our sun, and nothing short of "wow" would do for the dozen
or so spectators who had gathered atop the Palisades overlook to watch the
partial solar eclipse setting in the western sky.
At about 7:30 p.m. Petit Jean Time, the moon took its first "bite" out of
the western edge of the sun as it was still high over Mount Nebo; within an
hour, the sun was already setting and the moon had moved as far between the
sun and our spectators as it was going to before setting quietly about 8:15
p.m. It was a partial solar eclipse for Arkansas, but for observers farther
west, the eclipse was TOTAL, or annular, meaning that the moon had time to
completely cover up the sun before it set and present it as a glowing ring
of light over distant horizons.
But nothing could have been as spectacular as the sight from Arkansas, and
particular Petit Jean Mountain, with Mount Nebo, some 45 miles west,
presenting a commanding silhouette in front of the far more distant sun.