Pull out the thesaurus and find some new, descriptive words.
Stunning. Gorgeous. Fabulous. Awe-inspiring. Breathtaking. Wondrous. Moving.
It was all of those and many more.
The 2017 Wyoming Version of the Total Solar Eclipse was GREAT.
Oh, sure, there were some glitches in my photography… my GoPro gave me some trouble… which is VERY FRUSTRATING when you finally set up AFTER the eclipse (C1) has started… and I’m MISSING IT… But I finally got it set and prayed it was working!
Then I scan my list and realize that I haven’t set up my sheet of white cardboard to film the shadow bands (aka shadow snakes)! I jogged to the pickup and grab it, yanking off the tight plastic cover and throwing it down on the ground. Good thing I did too, because at the end of totality (C2), I SAW THEM!!!!! Faint but definite little squiggles were worming their way across my board! I screamed like a little girl… just wait til you watch my video… I laugh now, but sheesh! I was SOOOOOOOOO excited. They don’t show up very well on my video, but you kind of can see SOMETHING. Think of the ripples’ shadows on the bottom of a pool and that’s what shadow snakes look like. Not many people see them, so I’m still grinning at THAT!
I didn’t get a photo of Bailey’s Beads… but I did get some of the diamond ring.
My time lapse is ok, and my handheld video is a shaking, panicked, occasionally out of focus, video with some screaming lady on it and then a cute cameo by Quinlan. A few cute pics of family, but I set up on the hill above everyone, so I’ll have to steal some from Tess and Megan because I was too busy with my production!
(The selfie cards I made have the date, cities in Wyoming, and a hole that casts a shadow… look on the car and you can see a partial eclipse!)
Everyone (including Vernon) was impressed with the effect and affect… and I’m very, very VERY glad we traveled the 1.5 hours south to enter into the totality band.
What a memory!