That’s what they called it: The Great American Eclipse! It wasn’t a lie, it really was great.
Photographing a total eclipse has been on my bucket list for more than 20 years. So when the opportunity arrived, I drove 700 miles to reach the path of totality in a small town in Oregon called Canyon City. 700 miles seems like a long distance to see a once in a lifetime celestial event. Particularly considering that it would only last 2 minutes. I can tell you without a doubt, it was worth every minute of every hour and every single mile!
It sounds cheesy, but this was a life altering event. When you see the moon begin to obstruct the sun, you begin to think about how many hundreds of thousands of miles of empty space is between you, and our only natural satellite. It’s a tremendous number. It really is–and then, my mind was further blown as I started to contemplate the number of light years of distance between the moon and the sun and the many billions of miles they have traveled to get to this moment or perfect alignment.
Suddenly I felt small. Incredibly small. It’s a sobering feeling to begin to realize just how small we really are on a cosmic scale. The realization that the sun and the moon continue their eternal dance and can’t be bothered by my problems and my anxieties about simple things in life made me feel so insignificant, while at the same time, feeling so wonderfully liberated from my concerns.
If you ever get the opportunity to see an eclipse in totality do not waste it. It was truly one of the most wonderful things I have ever seen!
You can enjoy the images here on the web. Or, you can enjoy them, even more, on a 10″ x 40″ paper or metal print (my personal favorite) hanging in your home!