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I was fortunate enough to observe the total eclipse on August 21, 2017, from Hopkinsville, KY, or, as the town whimsically dubbed itself, “Eclipseville.” They were justified in the nickname by virtue of being the location in the U.S. with the longest total blackout period during the eclipse. We had a perfect, near-cloudless, sunny day — well, sunny until about 1:20 p.m.! Then it got very…dark.
What an awesome phenomenon. Hopkinsville is a great little town, and the festive atmosphere throughout the morning and roaring of the crowd during the eclipse made it extra special.
I took a couple of shots through a telescope before the totality and then got a still shot through a video camera during the totality and one as the sun was emerging.
Some photos I took at a nesting ground at a small lake in the Northdale area, just east of Dale Mabry. It’s amazing that this lovely ecosystem, full of wood storks, snowy egrets, herons, roseate spoonbills and others, is situated so close to the crazy traffic and endless strip malls of North Dale Mabry.
Great Gasparilla race weekend. On Friday night, I got a chance to meet racing legends Meb Keflezighi, Bill Rodgers and Joan Benoit Samuelson at a dinner at the USF CAMLS building downtown. They are class acts who spent a lot of one-on-one time chatting with the attendees. It was fascinating and inspirational to hear some of their many racing tales. Bill Rodgers is a hoot! You start talking to him, and he’s instantly like your old friend. And to hear Meb, who fled war-torn Eritrea and became a US citizen, talking about how much it meant to him to represent the USA in the Olympics was very moving.