Eclipse – Just WOW!!!

Solar Eclipse Collage

Eclipse Humor: Smiley Face

Eclipse 1: First Contact

Eclipse 2: Three Sunspots Visible

Eclipse 3

Eclipse 4

Eclipse 5

Eclipse 6

Totality 1

Totality 2: Solar Prominences

Totality 3

Totality 4

Totality 5: Regulus on Lower Left

Totality 6: Diamond Ring Effect

Totality 7: Venus on Upper Right

Totality 8: 360 degree Horizon Sunset Glow

Eclipse Ale

Richard & Pam Winegar’s Eclipse Photography Gear

Eclipse Megamovie Postcard Recruiting Citizen Science Photographers

Eclipse Megamovie Photo Team Pin

There are no words to properly describe the eclipse – just WOW!!!  The collage shows the progression of the solar eclipse in Jackson, Wyoming, on August 21, 2017.  Individual pictures follow (click to enlarge for detail).  Early morning we walked five minutes from our Teton Village hotel to ride a gondola up Rendezvous Mountain.  We set up our camera equipment in a beautiful wildflower meadow overlooking Jackson Valley.  We heard a ram’s horn blown in the distance when the eclipse began.  First contact is seen in the collage photo on the upper left.  Three major sunspots were visible on the face of the sun.  An amazing amount of light still came from only the tiniest sliver of sun.  At totality at 11:34 am it was safe to remove protective glasses and filters and look directly at the sky.  The beauty and magnificence of the sight was jaw-dropping!  Everyone gasped and cheers went up!  Many of us, myself included, had an emotional response – it brought tears to my eyes. Photographs do not begin to capture what the eye can see – the corona’s streamers extend way out beyond the sun and across the sky.  It felt like Star Trek come to life.  At least three solar prominences were visible on the edge of the sun, and the diamond ring effect was stunning!  The sudden darkness of totality brought a chill to the air.  The star Regulus and the planet Venus became visible, and a sunset band of orange extended 360 degrees around the horizon.  After 2 minutes and 20 seconds the light burst forth again and the air warmed.  I will never forget that moment!  I think we have officially become eclipse chasers.   The next U.S. eclipse will be April 8, 2024 in a path crossing from Texas to Maine (https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2024-april-8).

UPDATE October 2017:  We have now received our pin for being members of the Megamovie Photo Team.  Thousands of photographers took pictures of the eclipse as it traveled across the United States.  Our uploaded photos were combined by computer into one Megamovie at: https://eclipsemega.movie/   All of the photos for this first-of-its-kind citizen science project will be archived for future research and analysis. 

Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park: Amazing Animals!

Elk Crossing Road

Elk Crossing Road

Mother Pronghorn and Twins

Mother Pronghorn and Twins

Bison Grazing

Bison Grazing

Bison Face

Bison Face

Mother Bison and Calf

Mother Bison and Calf

Flock of Bighorn Sheep

Flock of Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep Looking at You

Bighorn Sheep Looking at You

Bighorn Sheep Sticking out Tongue

Bighorn Sheep Sticking out Tongue

Bull Moose with Spectacular Rack

Bull Moose with Spectacular Rack

Female Moose Eating Willow Leaves

Female Moose Eating Willow Leaves

Mother Grizzly Bear

Mother Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear Family

Grizzly Bear Family

White-Tailed Deer with 8-Point Antlers

White-Tailed Deer with 8-Point Antlers

Uinta Ground Squirrel Resting

Uinta Ground Squirrel Resting

Uinta Ground Squirrel's Gnawing Teeth

Uinta Ground Squirrel’s Gnawing Teeth

National Park Service Mule

National Park Service Mule

Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park is the best place to view wildlife!  It is amazing how many animals you can see by simply driving the loop road through the park.  Our favorite times to visit are late spring and early Fall.  More info is at:  http://www.nps.gov/grte/index.htm

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