Wow!  That was literally the only word I could come up with when I looked up and saw that the total eclipse had begun, and you could see the sun’s corona in all it’s glory.  WOW!!!  Talk about beautiful!

So many of us got to experience the eclipse that I frankly don’t know what to say that hasn’t been said already.  I will add this thought though, I saw several articles saying that you shouldn’t try to photograph your first eclipse, you should just enjoy it.  I obviously didn’t follow that advise, and I can’t say if I had it all to do over again I wouldn’t try to capture it again… BUT, I think if I get the chance to see another one, I won’t try to photograph it.  I’ll just take it all in.  The precious minutes in totality are simply so fleeting (we had approximately 2 minutes and 28 seconds where we were in Wyoming) and so beautiful, I just want to look at it.

For those that don’t follow along with our adventures on Facebook, you may be looking at this and wondering where it is.  As I mentioned a second ago, Holly and I and some of our friends were just outside Ft Laramie, Wyoming.  I had to be out in Denver the week prior to the eclipse, and so my friend Steve and I picked a place that statistically has blue skies in August, and that’s where we went.  Turns out we could have just been here in East Tennessee and seen it just fine, but you just never know with Tennessee weather!  At any rate, we thoroughly enjoyed getting to experience it in the middle of nowhere, and it’s certainly something I’ll never forget!

–Dan Thompson

Gearnsey, WY

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