Today I had the great luck of capturing the partial Solar Eclipse near where I live in Broomfield, CO. At first I didn’t even know about it until my roommate asked be if I was going to capture it? Being completely clueless I quickly surfed the Internet and found articles pertaining to the eclipse. After reading about it I realized just how rare it was and we made plans to go out and capture it. As the evening progressed we decided to drive up along highway 128 and eventually stopped at the high plains trail pull off. The trail is located on Boulder County Open Space and offers wonderful views of the Continental Divide, Mountains, and Eldorado Canyon.
While the photo outing was focused primarily on getting the eclipse, I couldn’t help but notice all the wonderful Spring flowers that dotted the Prairie. Breaking out the Macro, in what seems like ages, i quickly got into the swing of things and found plenty of small details. After a little bit of time we looked up at the sky and noticed the Sun was beginning to slide behind some developing storm clouds. Realizing this might be my last chance I switched my lens to my 100-400 telephoto and grabbed a few shots before it dropped behind the clouds completely. While we waited for the Sun to make a reappearance I snapped photos of the beautiful mountains and clouds.
Waiting a little bit longer we noticed that the Sun was beginning to emerge but only behind the mountains. Knowing that heading North would probably allow us to catch the setting Sun, we drove back towards the apartment. It was only about a five minute drive and we got a great vantage point to catch the last light of the Solar Eclipse. Considering how long it will be before we see another eclipse, I’m just grateful to have gotten the chance to see it and happy to have photographed it!