In Wyoming, there are miles and miles of open countryside under an expansive sky. Here, in this quiet minimalistic scene a tiny pond dots the open prairie.
In geological terms, Heart Mountain’s flat-topped shape is caused by a thrust fault, the pushing up of younger rocks above older ones, and subsequent erosion. These distinctive formations are called klippes. In human terms, it was in the shadow of this mountain outside of Cody, Wyoming, that over 10,000 Japanese-Americans were held in an encampment after the World War II bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Today the site is a National Historic Landmark comprised of an outdoor interpretive center and a museum, which together provide visitors with an intimate view of what daily life was like in the camp.
This composite shows the sliver of the sun before and after the eclipse and the appearance of the corona during totality. To see all the other entries into today’s challenge, visit Leanne Cole Photography.
This was the moment everyone was waiting for and the crowd cheered as the moon began to line up perfectly to block the sun. The corona began to shine around the moon’s dark circumference. Click, click, click and soon a tiny sliver of the sun reappeared. I heard a man’s voice in the crowd say , “I’ve seen better.” I thought he was kidding, but later I learned that he had seen better, or at least he thought so. But that was a different eclipse in a faraway country at a previous time. For many people, including me, this was a first. We had all descended upon a small town in Wyoming to be right in the center of the umbra. Having no prior experience in solar photography, I fumbled around and came up with this image to share with you. This one is unfiltered, but I also photographed the various phases of the eclipse using a 20-stop solar filter.
This guy has a town and a snazzy museum named after him! A hologram of Buffalo Bill Cody greets you at the door of his museum in Cody, Wyoming. This legendary frontiersman and entertainer of the Wild West days gained and lost several fortunes in his lifetime. To see the entire exhibit for today’s challenge, go to Leanne Cole’s blog.
Here is another natural abstract of a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Temperatures in the springs promote the growth of a variety of heat-loving microbes, which reflect different colors.