watching & photographing the eclipse
The annular solar eclipse of 2023 was my first experience watching and photographing this amazing event. And the so-called ‘ring of ‘fire eclipse, where the moon is a little too far away to totally block the sun, is a great practice run for the total eclipse of April 2024.
heading to bryce canyon for the annular eclipse
I traveled to Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah so I could be in the center path of the annular eclipse. But finding a location that would put the canyon’s beautiful rock formations in the same frame with the eclipse high overhead proved difficult. At Bryce Canyon, you stand on a high plateau looking down on the magical red rock hoodoos. At 10:30am, when the annular eclipse is at its peak, it’s high in the sky. So that required hiking down several trails below the canyon rim, hoping to find a location low enough to get the eclipse to appear with the landscape. But as you go lower, trees get in the way.
Red Canyon, located in a national forest near Bryce Canyon, offered an easily accessible location. Here, the highway dips into the canyon and the rock formations rise overhead. A short scramble up the hillside provided a great location to watched the eclipsing sun rise above the rocks and parallel the landscape through the 3-hour-long eclipse.
Watching and photographing the sun
a few of my favorite images of the annular eclipse
The rock formations where I watched and photographed the 2023 eclipse are located in Red Canyon Utah, on Hwy 12, about 15 miles from the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park.