Timmins was in the path of the Total Lunar Eclipse of January 21-22, 2019. This was the first total lunar eclipse visible since September 27/28, 2015. (There was one on January 31, 2018, but it was overcast and snowing here.) The next total lunar eclipse will not occur until May 26, 2021. This time, the sky co-operated, but the temperature was below -40ºC.
Since I have been fortunate to photograph both a total lunar and a total solar eclipse sequence up close, I decided to photograph some landscape scenes at totality. I decided not to risk having a frozen car, and instead bundled up in four layers and set out on foot from my house to the Hollinger Mine headframe about 2 kilometres away, and make my way from there back home. I was out for over two hours and walked a good 4 kilometres. Amazingly, the camera and battery stayed operational the whole time.
I was not sure where I would end up for my landscapes, and did not feel like switching lenses in the cold; therefore I just stuck with the kit 18-200mm on my Canon EOS 60D. In addition to a cable release, the only other equipment I carried out was my tripod.
The Hollinger Mine Headframe and Canadian Flag at Totality
The concrete headframe from the original Hollinger Mine site still stands today. Just to the southeast is the berm surrounding the Hollinger Open Pit project run by Goldcorp, which continues to mine on the site. The Canadian flag, if it is still the same one that was placed on top just before Canada Day 2018, is one that flew on top of the Peace Tower in Ottawa. (Daily Press Article About the Flag) Normally, the flag is only on the headframe in early July, and maybe as late as August some years, but this year, it appears that it was never taken down or exchanged.
Handheld Close-up Shot of the Moon
It was too cold to attempt fiddling around with the camera too much. I picked both it and the tripod up (grabbing the ONE UNINSULATED LEG) to get a quick (and blurry) handheld shot of the red moon up-close.
Lunar Eclipse and Water Tower
The water tower is a few metres south of the Hollinger Headframe on Water Tower Road, but it was impossible to get the headframe and water tower together (or as I dub it, the “Timmins Skyline”) with the moon. The water tower has had the dark blue band and lettering in white since at least 2014. Prior to that, it was completely white, with TIMMINS in dark blue letters.
Lunar Eclipse and Orion Constellation
Going a few metres further southeast on Water Tower Road, back towards Brunet Road and Food Basics grocery store, I was able to get a wide-angle shot with both the eclipse and the Orion constellation in it. Although the scene looks straight, it required having the camera at an angle to fit everything in without getting the city lights and power lines in the picture.
Total Lunar Eclipse Over the Hollinger House at the
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
The Hollinger House that resides by the Timmins Museum National: Exhibition Centre is a reconstruction of two Hollinger Houses with a modern roof. The reconstruction was spearheaded by local historians Diane Armstrong and Norah Lake, and it resided at the site of the Hollinger Mine tour until 2013 when the site was demolished for the open pit. The house was transported by a flatbed truck in September of that year and now resides at 225 Second Avenue. The Hollinger Houses were originally constructed as affordable housing for the miners and their families, starting in the 1930s. There are still some original houses left, but they have been renovated over the years and look more contemporary.
This is photograph is actually a two-picture composite, stitched as a vertical panorama in Adobe Lightroom. In order to get the top of the fencing with the Christmas lights and the moon in the same shot with an 18mm focal length (1.6 X crop factor to 28.8mm), I had to take two pictures and stitch them as a panorama. Although I could have walked back further on the street to get the picture, the City of Timmins was doing snow removal at the time, and I did not want to risk walking into the path of oncoming heavy equipment. The machinery had already past this section of the street, but could have come back.
Eclipse And Prospector Statues at the Museum Site
As part of Timmins’ 100th Anniversary commemorations, three bronze statues were unveiled in 2012, depicting three of the City’s founding prospectors: Jack Wilson, Sandy McIntyre, and Benny Hollinger (from left to right in this scene). It is hard to photograph the statues in winter, because the area is quite brightly lit and surrounding by parking lots, along with a Beer Store half a block away. The trees were added behind the statues a few years ago.
Total Lunar Eclipse Over the Timmins Public Library
The last stop of the night was in the parking lot of the Timmins Public Library at 320 Second Avenue. The library was founded in 1921, opened its doors to the public in 1924, and resided at 232 Fourth Avenue / Algonquin Boulevard East until late 2004. In April of 2005, the Library opened its doors at the present location. The building is an integrated services building and has two street addresses – 320 & 330 Second Avenue. It was designed by ANO Architects/PBK Artchitects here in Timmins, and incorporates many wood elements on the interior. The main library room is over 20, 000 square feet in size, and to give an idea of the size, the object that looks like a finger pointing downwards in the second window is a birch bark canoe, about 12 feet long, suspended from the ceiling. The handmade canoe was donated by members of the Métis Nation of Ontario – Timmins a few years after the library opened.