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N 1.1K B 28.4K C 121 E Aug 21, 2017 F Aug 21, 2017
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Pictures don't come close to portraying the euphoria one gets from experiencing a full eclipse. This compilation of images from today's event shows the transit of the moon across the face of the sun, centered by the full eclipse with the surrealistic and incredible corona at the edge of the sun. The 2 minutes of full eclipse was one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had- the darkness was sudden and profound. There was a 360 degree sunset sky surrounding us with clouds in rosy attire. Multiple planets and stars were visible (there is a small white dot showing the closest one to the sun at full eclipse on the left side of the photo). There were prominences (arcs of gas) at the edge of the moon shadow. The air was still, and the temperature dropped dramatically. So much happened in that two minutes that sensory overload still buzzed in my head after the harrowing 7 hour drive back in bumper to bumper traffic that would have been familiar to most southern Californians. I can see how people can get addicted to full eclipses, traveling long distances at great expense to experience them- I shall never forget those two minutes as long as I live.

technical note- I used a Thousand Oaks Optical solarlite filter with a Nikon D800 body and a Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6d ED vr lens.

Thanks as always for you views, comments, and favs.

Tags:   solar eclipse 2017 full solar eclipse total euphoria corona Wyoming solar eclipse

N 262 B 3.0K C 43 E Jul 27, 2017 F Aug 18, 2017
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This week has been awful with terrorist attacks- these rain laden harebells (Campanula rotundifolia) are a tribute to those who were affected by the attacks in Charlottesville VA and Spain. Noli illigetimi carborundum est- don't let the bastards get you down!

Tags:   harebell bluebell bellflower Camanula rotundifolia

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Horseshoe art on the high plains of Wyoming, with a severe thunderstorm bearing down on the land.

Tags:   ranch thunderstorm high plains short grass steppe severe weather Wyoming

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A view of the intricate floral structure of a Mariposa lily (Calochortus gunnisonii; named for American explorer John Gunnison). I'm unsure what the function of the yellow hairs at the base of the flower petals is- please comment if you know. These beautiful lilies occur from 4000-11,000 feet (1200 - 3300 m) in meadows and forest openings throughout the southwestern U.S.

Tags:   Mariposa lily Calochortus gunnisonii Colorado

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The sky and Indian Peaks appear in the mirror of Red Rock Lake at sunset on a beautiful July evening. A nice diversity of cloud types and layers hinted at the potential for a variety of colors as the sun descended. The calm water provided a wonderful scene, giving me a feeling of vertigo looking into the lake that I’ve only had a few times before. There were a few caddis flies skittering around, laying eggs in the water (a subtle wave is visible in the lower left corner). Unfortunately there were also more than a few mosquitoes.

This is a stitch of 7 vertical shots to get as much of the sky as possible- I left the ultra wide home this night.

Thanks as always for your views, comments, and favs.

Tags:   Red Rock Lake Indian Peaks southern Rocky Mountains reflection sunset Colorado


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