One of the perks of being a photography student at RCC, is that your instructors give you the day off to go shoot when something as monumental as a total solar eclipse happens. After much debate over weather and such, I decided to head to the Blue Ridge Parkway in the North Carolina mountains and get as close to the path of totality as possible. I drove until I finally found a place to park on the parkway which was near graveyard fields. A big cloud decided to hang over where the eclipse would make its debut. The Sun peeked out from time to time during the countdown until eclipse time. As 1:30pm approached, the clouds got darker and I felt my chances of shooting the event getting bleaker. Some people decided to leave and head further south but by the time I packed up and walked the mile back to the car, it would be time for totality. My deciding to stay paid off somewhat because close to 2pm, the Sun came out and put on a beautiful show. Just as it gave, it decided to take away also and right as the moments counted down until totality, the clouds took the spectacular view away. So, I took a few photos of the spectators during totality as it got really dark and the temperature dropped. Even if I had gotten no photos, it would have totally been worth just that experience.
I also got a few photos right before the eclipse started when the light was starting to take on a surreal appearance. Many people brought dogs, and one couple brought their two cats. Others were taking naps, eating picnic lunches, and playing with their children. It was a time when all seemed to forget their troubles, kick back and enjoy.