Eclipse Totality in Oregon, August 2017

August 24, 2017  •  3 Comments

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I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view and photograph a solar eclipse in its totality. I drove with my wife Della and my son Loren all the way to Scio, Oregon to meet up and stay with our friends Tom and Joan. The drive took 8 hours to get there and a full 13 hours back! The traffic was astounding. I used my telescope with a BAADER solar filter out the immense light of the sun; with this set-up, I was even able to capture a few sun spots! It's funny, I took hundreds of photographs leading up to the moment of totality and afterwards, but only about 5 at full totality. I've heard it's said "totalities are the shortest two minutes of your life" and it's so true. It was amazing to us how dark it became - the wind picked up, the temperatures dropped, along with our jaws. I've never seen anything like it in my life and was so lucky to be able to witness it in person. I had a fantastic time with family and friends, made amazing memories, and collected new stories. What an incredible life experience. Here are some of the photographs I was able to take, I hope you enjoy. 

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Comments

Gale Okumura(non-registered)
Wow! Gerry, these are incredible! What a great experience. Thank you for sharing!
Very impressive!
Joan(non-registered)
When the news began to spread about an eclipse that was to occur on August 21 I wasn't too impressed, thinking, "eclipse events have passed through before. I'll watch if it works out." Never again for a total eclipse. Gerry said it well, we were so lucky to witness it in person, it was breath taking. The pictures Gerry posted hold memories of an unforgettable and enjoyable event with Gerry, Della and Loren.
Barbara Domek(non-registered)
Thank you for sharing your amazing pictures and your eclipse experience. I was in Albany (near Salem) and totally (no pun intended) understand what you mean by the "shortest two minutes"! It was so beautiful, near the end we were shouting "No, don't end!" when the diamond ring appeared and the corona vanished. So amazing!
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