"Totality" Total Solar Eclipse 8-21-17
LE0015 ... As the Moon passes between the Earth and sun, everything below is cast into darkness. This one happened in the middle of the afternoon on a gorgeous and almost completely clear mid summer day. It was an experience I will never forget. I had no idea what to truly expect. I knew exactly how to capture the event digitally and even spent most of the day teaching others to do so themselves. When the moment arrived, I asked all of my students to take a moment to just take it all in and then go back to clicking away. This was my favorite image I captured during totality. This is known as the Diamond Ring Effect and it happens only for a brief few seconds as the sun slowly comes back into view through one of the craters on the moon. We take so much for granted each day as the sun rises and sets and the moon passes over. But at this moment around 2:30 in the afternoon, as the birds all went to roost, the frogs and crickets started chirping, the air cooled dramatically, stars started to appear and darkness briefly fell, it was as if in that very moment, all of creation stood up and demanded to be noticed and applauded. It did not go unfulfilled by us as we all screamed out in excitement to witness this before our very eyes. When you see this image, I hope it reminds you that nothing in our world should be taken for granted. So stop a moment and thank God and the universe for such grand creations, power and strength.