Jim Rosenstock's Eclipse
Adventure in Africa
I am an umbraphile...that is, an eclipse
junkie! During the summer of 2001 I went to Africa for ten
days to view the awesome total solar eclipse of June 21, 2001
(the first day of WINTER down there!). We spent most of our
time in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Included here are some photos
of the eclipse taken by me and some of my fellow travelers,
as well as some interesting photos of African wildlife and
Victoria Falls. You'll just have to imagine the glorious,
dark nighttime southern skies we had; I did no astrophotography
(except for the sun, of course!).
If you don't count the other sightseeing
and good times, this eclipse cost me over a thousand dollars
per minute of totality, which makes hard drugs seem cheap.
But there is *nothing* like a total solar eclipse...photos
only give a hint, and words are pretty useless. It's an experience
everybody should have at least once. I'm going for #5 in December
of next year!