I have a thing for the sun as you can probably tell from my business logo. During the Spring of 2015, I took my boys to Sunriver Observatory to look at the sun through special telescopes. It was extremely fascinating seeing the sun's live atmosphere and gases emitting from the surface. After the viewing the staff volunteer asked where we were from and became very excited to know we were from Madras. He told me that we would be in prime position for the total solar eclipse of 2017. He said that NASA would be coming to Madras and thousands of visitors to see it. That's the first I'd heard of it. Then shortly after that, one of the resorts I worked for sold out completely for the eclipse by a Japanese tour group. So my anticipation has been building for over two years.
There has been a lot of excitement and energy surrounding our community in the years, weeks, and days leading up to this phenomenal event. Today I finally experienced why. You can't truly appreciate it unless you see it with your own eyes. One lady described viewing the eclipse as if she were experiencing the breath of God. I think that could justly describe the feeling that passed over my skin and through my body during the two minutes of totality. I myself was speechless. Here are the photographs I was fortunate enough to capture of this wonder of nature. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.