Last August, I combined my holidays in the USA with viewing the eclipse of the sun on August 21, described in the media as The Great American Eclipse
I decided to witness the eclipse in the north-western region of Nebraska. I settled in Paxton on Saturday, August 19, to have some time to research various locations. I picked Scotts Bluff National Monument as location. Scotts Bluff is a landmark rock formation towering 800ft (nearly 250 meters) above the landscape and the North-Platte River, serving as a navigation beacon for the settlers bounding westwards. Initially, I planned to go to the top of Scotts Bluff but, unfortunately, the top was closed on the eclipse day for security reasons. The park authorities anticipated that too much eclipse viewers would gather for the top to guarantee safety. I think that was a wise decision since the enormous crowd that showed up on August 21, indeed.
From my hotel, Scotts Bluff was a solid 2 hrs drive and I started at 7AM. The day didn’t start promising at all because it was completely clouded and misty. After 1 hrs drive, mist was more or less gone but the skies were still completely covered with no sign of the sun anywhere to spot. I had lost almost all confidence that the weather would improve, when all the sudden the sun came out and within 10-15 minutes skies were clear and blue for the rest of the day. What a luck, and lucky me and so many others that showed up at Scotts Bluff. I settled alongside the road on a slight elevation in the terrain, a spot that offered a nice composition for a landscape photo as well.
The gallery above, shows various stages of the eclipse including the totality. Moreover, I added a photo of the surroundings to give an impression of the location and the number a people gathering around Scotts Bluff, as well as a photo just to show the magic of the lights just moments ahead of the totality. However,the only way to feel the magic of the moment is to go out and be present somewhere in the path of totality of a solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse is a must see, at least, once in a life time!!
In addition, I met up with some nice American ladies (mother and daughter from Colorado) that selected the same spot as I did to experience this spectacular and fabulous moment of the Great American Eclipse. Together we saw one of the most spectacular events nature has to offer. Together, we felt the excitement and emotions of the moment of totality, as well with the hundreds of people in our vicinity. This was my third eclipse and I preserve all three as special moments in my memory.