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These photos were taken in Madisonville, TN during The Great American Eclipse.

Totality was one of the most awe inspiring things I've ever seen. The corona was the cleanest, brightest white light I've ever seen, and the thing that really blew me away was I could see the solar flairs with my naked eye on the right side of the sun!

The birds went nuts with chirping, the crickets & cicadas became very loud, some cows in a local field were mooing and some of the street lights came on.
The change in the intensity of the sun wasn't significantly noticeable until more than half of it was covered and then it became really dim in the 5 minutes before totality. In totality the entire horizon became reddish pink like at dusk, but it was in all directions, not just the west or east.

Partial eclipses are really neat, I've seen quite a few in the past but totality is a completely different experience, on a completely different level. I'm hooked and will be heading north for the next one in several years. This should be on everyone's bucket list!

These images are copyrighted; I will be posting clean, full sized images on my website in the next few days. http://www.christolton.com

#totaleclipse #greatamericaneclipse #solareclipse #totality #solar #eclipse #corona #solarcorona #prominences #solarprominences #solareruptions #madisonville #tennessee
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8/26/17
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was in Antigo, Wisconsin working on some wildlife photography and found a bald eagle being harassed by a redwing blackbird. Eventually the bald eagle took flight, the blackbird took pursuit and landed on the eagle's back taking a ride. The blackbird came off the eagle but persisted re-landing on the bald eagle's back. #baldeagle #eagle #nature #birdridingeagle #birds #blackbird #birding #avian #birdride #bizarre #unusual #animals #cute

See the whole sequence at http://www.christolton.com/Bald-Eagles/BIRD-RIDING-BALD-EAGLE/

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I was in Antigo, Wisconsin working on some wildlife photography and found a bald eagle being harassed by a redwing blackbird. Eventually the bald eagle took flight, the blackbird took pursuit and landed on the eagle's back taking a ride. The blackbird came off the eagle but persisted re-landing on the bald eagle's back. #baldeagle #eagle #nature #birdridingeagle #birds

See the whole sequence at http://www.christolton.com/Bald-Eagles/BIRD-RIDING-BALD-EAGLE/

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8/10/17
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Watching NASA launch and deployment of sounding rocket making iridescent clouds in the ionosphere, from Virginia Beach. To see more: http://www.christolton.com/NASA/NASA-Sounding-Rocket-Launch-June-2017/
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Photo of NASA Sounding Rocket deployment from Wallops Island VA 6-29-2017. Photo taken from Virginia Beach, VA . To see more: http://www.christolton.com/NASA/NASA-Sounding-Rocket-Launch-June-2017/
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Antares / Cygnus launch from Wallops Island, VA.

IIS going over Wallops evening before actual launch.

#IIS, #internationalspacestation #rocket #launch #nasa #wallopsisland
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10/19/16
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