Once you’ve seen one solar eclipse?

Now that I’ve returned home from Chile with my second eclipse safely tucked under my belt, some friends and family have asked me if I’ve had enough eclipses. The underlying sentiment is “once you’ve seen two eclipses, haven’t you seen them all?” Of course, the answer is an emphatic no. Each eclipse is different, both in terms of the adventure required to get yourself into the path of totality and the view of the various eclipse phenomenon once you’re there. Needless to say, I’m going on record to say that there are more eclipse adventures in my future!

We all must have goals. After my first eclipse in 2017, I made a personal goal that, before I am personally eclipsed from this planet, I would accumulate a total of 20 minutes under the shadow of the moon. Audacious? Maybe, but I don’t think so. After this most recent eclipse edition, I have already garnered almost 5 minutes, so I’m a quarter of the way to my goal! The lesson? Have some crazy audacious goals in your life!

Naturally at this point, I’ve been asking myself which eclipse I liked better, 2017 or 2019. It is not really fair to compare the two. They were both amazing visual extravaganzas. The 2019 edition was special, including the facts that it was in a foreign country, I met many awesome people, and I got to spend it with my Team Totality partner in crime, Ashley. It was amazing and I wouldn’t change anything. However, there was something special about my first eclipse experience in 2017 that was missing in 2019. I can’t exactly describe it, but I guess you only have your first experience with totality once.

We are lucky. The next total eclipse in the US is in 2024. Don’t feel like waiting? You could tackle totality in Chile in 2020 (yep, they get two in two years), or, if you’re really adventurous, you could experience totality in Antarctica in 2021! Make your plans. No excuses. Have audacious goals!

Here are some images from last Totality Tuesday on July 2. I did not achieve all my photography objectives on my trip to Chile, but I love these images. I hope you do, too!



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