On August 21st, 2017, the moon sailed through our sky in perfect alignment between the sun and North America. Here in Idaho we were outside the path of totality, but life still became very strange for a handful of heartbeats. As the moon slid into place, shadows became sharp and the birds fell quiet. A strange silence fell on the trees, the road, the river. Before long I noticed that the holes in the shadows had become crescent shaped. Everything looked so strange, almost like a dream. Normally, the light from the sun originates as a circle and falls evenly.. but during the solar eclipse over Idaho, the moon blocked the rays from over half of the sun, so there was less scattering of light to blur the edges of shadows. This sharpness induced an electrifying dreamlike cast to the moment, but the crescent shadows were something else entirely. Small gaps between the branches became pinholes for the light to focus into mini replicas of its source, the edge of the sun burning bright. For a few minutes, thousands of pictures of the sun as a burning crescent were stamped onto the earth.