Corona

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All the research I did leading up to the eclipse mentioned a few key elements to try and capture while photographing totality.  Obviously the corona, but also the diamond ring, solar prominences  and Bailey’s beads.  It’s difficult to say if I captured Bailey’s beads, but I think I have the other three, with the diamond in a previous image.  Although cliche, I’m hoping to assemble a panorama of the entire eclipse one of these days.

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Diamond Ring

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Shot from John Neal Memorial County Park in Lyons, Oregon, where we shared the event with hundreds of other eclipse watchers.  It was a phenomenal experience, made all the more so being with so many others.  Certainly not something I will ever forget.  By the way, photos do not do it justice, it’s so much more intense in person.  I can see why people become eclipse chasers, I’m already thinking about the next total eclipse in 2024, and possibly the annular eclipse in 2023.

Canon 5D Mk2, Canon 70-200mm 2.8 lens, Tamron-F AF 2X Tele-Converter,

ISO 100, 400mm, f/11, 1/30 sec.

Determined

On the day we visited Crater Lake, we were sadly disappointed when we found that we could not see the lake due to heavy fog.

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Not only that, it had snowed in the upper elevations which made the trip even more interesting.  But for these two intrepid riders, it had to be even more so.  As a long time rider myself, I couldn’t help be admire their spirit.  And, this was not a local ride for them, they started in Canada and were headed to the coast.  I do hope they had a safe ride back home as at this time of year you risk tricky weather as you head north.

p.s. Love the styling  of those Victory bikes.

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A Fluke

As much as my wife and I wanted to do a whale cruise, weather conditions were not in our favor, so we had to watch from shore.  We were directed to a wayside rest/park where there had been recent sightings of whales near shore.  We were entertained by several whales that were feeding just off the point I was shooting from.  Although the whales never came fully out of the water, it was still exciting to see their blow spouts and to watch them roll near the surface.  I was lucky enough to catch an occasional fluke shot.  Pretty cool to see these magnificent creatures, especially when the largest water creature back home is a sturgeon, which sometimes reaches 5-6 feet in length.

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