Now interestingly enough, winning the eclipse photo award was all happening right about the time that I was going on my next great adventure, flying through the Northern Lights. I had landed in England about noon after flying for 12 hours and was planning to go out to dinner that evening. My body, completely crashing at about 3 pm, signaled other intentions.
So I'm now wide awake at midnight after a full 9 hours of sleep and I see the email asking about writing up a short story about the eclipse. So I banged out this article, almost exactly how it ended up, on my iPhone 6S in just over 2 hours. I'm a little bit giddy during this time because I knew that in the over 1500 (that's not a typo) photos I had just taken of the Northern Lights, there had to be at least 10 good ones. I had just experienced some photography fails on that flight as well but that story will be for a different time. Writing about my eclipse failures and salvaging good from the mostly bad was sort of cathartic. It also made me really reflect on how awesome these experiences had actually been.