"Violette's Eclipse"

Taken on the day of the eclipse (August 21st, 2017) . I used my Nikon D300, Nikon SB-14 flash, f3.5, 1/320 sec, ISO 200, and my Tamron 10-24mm lens set to 10mm.



August 21st has always been known to me as my birthday. However, it has had its fair share of other activities in the last two years.

In 2016, it was also the day my "Other Mother", a long time friend's mother who always treated me like her own daughter, passed away suddenly. I was shocked, and so saddened. I still am.

In 2017, through some cruel twist of fate, her husband passed away on the same day. He was also like family to me, and I can't believe he's now gone, too. 

The early morning of the eclipse, I was in the hospital (same hospital where my friend's father was) photographing my cousin being born. Her name is Genesis, and I couldn't think of a better way to start a new beginning on my birthday. Bittersweet. However, I'll be very happy to share my birthday with my sweet little girl cousin. It was truly a day I will never, ever forget. 

Once I got home and rested from the hospital, it was time for the eclipse. I had slept maybe an hour and a half, so I was very foggy and not my usual self. But, I knew this opportunity wouldn't come along again for many years. So, I set up the tripod, and played with my daughter, and the sun. She was being so inquisitive about my camera and tripod. I'm actually surprised I got her being still at all. She was having such fun. 

The eclipse was over, and the day went on. I processed my images and was ecstatic to find this one looking so very good. I liked that she was watching me so intently, wondering what I was doing. That's my little Violette Belle. Always curious, always finding the answers.