Incredible! Otherworldly! Surreal! Like many who experienced the total solar eclipse on Monday August 21, 2017, those were the words coming to mind as I watched the moon slip past the entire sun. It was an experience I will never forget. Since I live about 4 hours from the path of totality, I decided last minute to drive up to Wyoming to catch the total solar eclipse. It's not that I hadn't planned anything prior, but my original plans with my husband sadly fell through (dang work!). After a bit of research, I found the perfect spot for a quick trip. I started driving around 3 am Monday morning and arrived at about 8:30 am. I found my spot and started setting up for the show. I was surprised that only a few people were in the area and that I didn't hit any kind of traffic on the roads. I felt like I had the whole place to myself! Even without the solar eclipse, this place was gorgeous. I just enjoyed taking in the beauty around me.
The "big show" was seriously incredible. Much of it can't be described in words or shown in pictures. It's something you must see for yourself. One of the craziest moments was seeing the shadow bands (see video below) before and after totality. It was truly psychedelic. Like nothing I had ever seen or experienced before. It was eerie and mesmerizing as it felt like I was seeing another dimension. While it was best shown against a white background, like on my Jeep in the video, it felt as if it was happening everywhere.
I felt lucky to have been able to photograph the event and feel as if I had plenty of time to enjoy it as well. It didn't last very long, but it had a lasting impression. Now I can't wait for the next one!
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