The Great American Eclipse of 2017 Photographed from Belton, South Carolina

Earlier this year when I read the following in the news,

On August 21st 2017, for the first time in 26 years, a total solar eclipse will occur in America — “The Great American Eclipse” as it has been dubbed by its enthusiasts.

I started making plans to be in the path of totality to view and photograph the eclipse first hand. I made hotel reservations, purchased protective eclipse glasses, and invested in an eclipse filter for my longest telephoto lens. I decided on a  hotel that is several hours away from the path of totality,  but I wanted to visit and photograph other locations in that general area. I chose a hotel in  Kings Mountain, North Carolina,  west of Charlotte that would allow me to go into Charlotte for a photo shoot downtown, on Sunday.  I always try to go to bigger cities’ downtown on Sundays for the easier driving and parking.  I planned to drive over to South Carolina in the area north of Greenville, where I felt that the higher altitudes of the foothills and mountains would be cooler and less overcast.

Several days before the 21st, I made a trip to that area to scout out locations to be ready for the day of the eclipse.  I visited several state parks including Caesars Head and Table Rock that were at higher altitudes. However, everywhere I went, the park rangers and others were predicting huge crowds for eclipse day. I finally decided to just go to areas within the path of totality where I had planned to go anyway and ended up in Belton, South Carolina, on the day of the eclipse.

I love photographing early twentieth century railroad depots because they represent so much of the history of an area. Here is one of my shots of the Belton Depot from the day of the eclipse.

Belton, S.C. Depot

For many more railroad related photographs, please take a look at my Trains gallery at allenforrest.com.

The Belton Standpipe is a historic and interesting structure nearby.

Belton, S.C. Standpipe

After shooting photos of the railroad depot and standpipe, I setup my eclipse-shooting gear in front of the depot, and got the following shots (from beginning to end) of of the eclipse. I was a little disappointed in my photographs, but this was my first attempt at shooting eclipse photos.

Total Eclipse Begins
Total Eclipse Begins. Total ecliplse as seen from Belton, South Carolina. The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was a total eclipse visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States. Not since the February 1979 eclipse had a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States.
North Carolina, Eclipse
Moon takes first bite of the apple as it starts to eclipse the sun,
North Carolina, Eclipse
Moon Gradually Covers the Sun
North Carolina, Eclipse
Moon Gradually Covers the Sun
Total eclipse as seen from Belton, South Carolina. The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was a total eclipse visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States. Not since the February 1979 eclipse had a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States.
Total eclipse as seen from Belton, South Carolina. The solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 was a total eclipse visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States. Not since the February 1979 eclipse had a total eclipse been visible from anywhere in the mainland United States.
North Carolina, Eclipse
Gradual Uncovering of the Sun After Total Eclipse
North Carolina, Eclipse
Belton Eclipse Observers
North Carolina, Eclipse
Belton Eclipse Observers

For more  of my eclipse photos as well as some of my sunrise and moon pictures, please take a look at my new “Solar System and Beyond” gallery on my photo website.

Many thanks for taking a look!

Lighthouses of The Southeastern United States

Oak Island Lighthouse, Caswell Beach, North Carolina

One of my favorite subjects to photograph is lighthouses. As I travel around the southeast, I try to make it a point to visit and shoot lighthouses in those areas. For several of these lighthouses, I had to take a boat tour or ferry ride to get close enough to get the shots.

Here are a few of those shots-

Bald Head Lighthouse, known as “Old Baldy,” is the oldest lighthouse still standing in North Carolina

 

Hunting Island Lighthouse, Hunting Island, South Carolina. Hunting Island received its name because it was once used for hunting deer, raccoon and waterfowl.
Charleston, South Carolina lighthouse, Sullivan’s Island

 

The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach, Florida, in the Town of Ponce Inlet. Situated on the north bank of Ponce Inlet where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean, the light was exhibited for the first time on November 1, 1887

 

Biloxi Lighthouse and Robinson-Maloney-Dantzler House, Biloxi, Mississippi

 

Morris Island Lighthouse as seen from north end of Folly Beach, South Carolina. The Morris Island lighthouse is now completely surrounded by water but was once sitting on a good sized island with numerous buildings around it. The lighthouse was completed in 1876 and was the second lighthouse to be built on the island. Note that you can see the Sullivan Island lighthouse in the distance.

 

 

Anclote Key Lighthouse viewed from Odyssey Cruise Boat near Anclote Key. The lighthouse was constructed in 1887, and first lighted on September 15, 1887. Odyssey offers cruises from Tarpon Springs for a 2 hour trip down the Anclote River into the Gulf of Mexico
Old St. Johns Lighthouse, Mayport, Florida, erected circa 1858, as seen from Mayport Presbyterian Church, nicknamed “The Lighthouse Church,” in the village of Mayport, Florida. (Note: the lighthouse sits “behind the gate” of Mayport Naval Station.)

You can view more photos of those lighthouses, and look around my entire photo collection at my galleries at Photography by Allen Forrest. I would love it if you took a look!

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