I took a trip last weekend, to catch the Eclipse. It wasn’t the trip I had originally planned (15 hr drive through the night from California to Jackson Lake in Teton National Park, to water ski during the Eclipse). Instead, I ended up with family, in Corvallis Oregon….and I”m glad I did.

I made a promise to enjoy this event, as it happened, instead of focusing on trying to capture it with 12 different cameras. Without breaking that promise, I still brought 4 cameras and attempted to capture what I could.

This is the result…not really much to be proud of, but still kinda gives you a glimpse of what it was like to witness this event.

One of the most unexpected things about the eclipse, was how much light reaches Earth if even just a sliver of the Sun is showing….so, I’m sorry, but if you weren’t in the path of totality, you didn’t “really” experience the Eclipse.

And just like anything worthwhile in life, it doesn’t last very long. Its amazing how less than 2 min of the most insane natural phenomenon you’ve ever seen, can focus your attention and make you feel something you’ve never felt before…and give you an understanding that we are all part of the same whole, and that compassion and understanding have to triumph over hate and violence.

The whole neighborhood erupted like Earth had just won the Super Bowl or something.

One takeaway I had, was that the eclipse is kinda like life…the difference between good and incredible, is that last 1%

I would guess that most of the times that we fail at something, were were probably a lot closer to success than we thought.

Also, if you have a chance to see an eclipse in your lifetime, don’t let the opportunity pass. As pissed as you are right now about your social media feed being junked up with terrible eclipse pics and videos….I promise seeing the real thing is one experience you won’t regret.