Total Solar Eclipse Photo Album… All Images, Unedited

The following are all the photos I took on my hike to witness the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse from Lake 9000, which rests in a cirque at 9,000 ft elevation, between Thompson Peak and Williams Peak, in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.  The quality of the eclipse images is not very good… by the time it started, I was so exhausted from the hike that I wasn’t thinking clearly, or quickly, enough to get the right exposures and I forgot to increase the number of pixels to the maximum amount for good definition when enlarged, plus I also forgot my handheld tripod.  Oh well…

Alpine Way Trail…

Tragic condition of the Sawtooth National Forest, in spite of its protected status since 1972!

The Wilderness Boundary…

Thompson Peak (right)

Dawn brings a smoke filled Sawtooth Valley…

Morning  Alpenglow…

Sunrise…

Last Night’s Bed… no sleeping bag, just a ground pad, a couple of fleece throws and a large garbage bag in case of rain…

I bedded down on a tiny flat(ish) spot just above the small tree on the right…

Deer grazing in a meadow far below…

The Hanging Meadow and its ancient stand of Whitebark Pines await above…

A look back at The Hanging Meadow and its endangered Whitebark Pines…

On to Thompson Peak and Lake 9,000…

Lake 9,000 with smoke arriving from regional and local forest fires…

Early stages of the eclipse…

Totality!

The lowered temperatures during totality made me shiver, resulting in this serendipitous image…

The moment the Sun began to emerge from behind the Moon… this was as close as my little $90 Canon could get to capturing the diamond ring effect.

Smoke filled Sawtooth Valley…

Lake 9,000s amazing blue hue returns with the sunlight…

Thompson Peak, 10,751 ft. elevation…

Crescent shaped eclipse shadows, cast by a young Whitebark Pine…

A high altitude thistle and my walking stick for scale…

Tiny and tenacious, Merten’s Mountain Heather…

Indian Paintbrush…

Water’s edge, Lake 9,000…

Water so clear, it’s hard to tell that my feet are below the surface!

Kind hikers who replenished my drinking water with a HEPA filter and lake water… (THANK YOU!!!)

Williams Peak, 10,636 ft elevation…

Leaving Thompson Peak and Lake 9,000…

The shade of the giant Whitebark Pines at The Hanging Meadow awaits below…

More Merten’s Mountain Heather, this time in full bloom… note how tiny the blooms are next to my 1 1/2″ diameter walking stick!

Parry’s Primrose…

Although not visible, Redfish Lake rests between the two distant ridges, just on this side of the tan bluffs along the Salmon River (also invisible)…

Young Whitebark Pines, damaged by an avalanche run-up and burned by ice nucleating chemicals in the snow…

Stand of massive and ancient Whitebark Pines at The Hanging Meadow… these individuals are over 1,000 years old…

The “log” my backpack is resting against is the broken limb from this tree…

Approaching the talus slope beyond The Hanging Meadow…

Look close… do you see the pika?

Here he is, taking a bouquet of flowers to his den…

Gnarled Whitebark Pine…

Sad condition of the Sawtooth National Wilderness Area…

Glancing back from whence I came…

Redfish Lake rests between the two peaks on the far left…

Alpine Way Trail, taking me back down to the Sawtooth Valley…

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