Eclipse 2017 {A Major Celestial Event}

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We decided to make an event out of the eclipse and I kept Tharin home from school so he wouldn't miss it. After all, it's a once in a lifetime thing.....until seven years from now when we'll actually be in the path of totality!!! But never mind that! Although we weren't in the path of totality this time around, I think it was 96% totality or something like that, so we still had a great location to view it. It didn't disappoint, that's for sure. Once the light started to dim, everything went very quiet and a few seconds later we started to hear night insects, birds and frogs and as you can see from the above photo, the shadows were the coolest! The trees and their leaves acted like a thousand eclipse viewing boxes for us. The whole experience was eerie and beautiful. I was ridiculously excited about the whole thing. Just ask any of my family. I was smiling and giggling like a school girl! I kept saying, "but it's a major celestial event!!!" much to the annoyance of everyone I'm sure. I kind of reminded myself of the dad on A Christmas Story when he won the leg lamp and kept saying, "It's a MAJOR award!" We brought a ton of food out to the pool and stuffed our faces for three plus hours. It was glorious. The weather stayed perfect during the whole eclipse, but as soon as it was over, the clouds rolled in. We were thankful the weather worked out in our favor. 

Enough of my yapping. Here is the evidence that I experienced a major celestial event!

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Tytia Habing

I am a self taught, natural light photographer, with sixteen years of shooting experience under my belt. Back in the day, I learned to shoot with film, developed it and printed my own photos in my darkroom. I've since moved to digital, but film holds a very dear spot in my heart that I just can't seem to shake. I was supposed to be a horticulturalist and landscape architect...at least that's what my degree's tell me. I followed that path for some time, along with a few other paths, but photography won my heart. Plants and beautiful mother nature is, and will always be, a great inspiration to me. If at all possible, I prefer to shoot outdoors and somehow incorporate nature into the scene. I'm originally from the Watson, Illinois area, but the majority of my adult life I spent living in the Cayman Islands and only moved home to Illinois with my husband and son a few short years ago. I grew up on a small working farm, with acres and acres of natural areas at my disposal. It gave me a great appreciation for the world around me. I roamed wherever I pleased, built forts in the woods, picked wildflowers in the pasture and caught craw-daddies in the crick. My son is taking over the jobs of fort building and craw-daddy hunting, but I'll never give up the picking of wildflowers.