I'm a photojournalist. So, wouldn't you think I'd be out photographing an event that isn't going to happen again for another 117 years?! OF COURSE. In fact, who wouldn't want to see something like that?
The Transit of Venus was that event - literally, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Where was I? Working at my home office. Thankfully, my 12-year-old son, clearly more on the ball than I, called to remind me this was going on. Actually, what he really wanted was a photo, since he wasn't going to be able to come to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to check it out on their telescopes.
Anyhoo...so, with about 15 minutes till sundown, I scooped up my cameras and big-ass lens and got on over to the DMNS. It had been a cloudy day, but as I drove up, I could see the sun was shining...and disappearing fast. I scrambled out, but couldn't find a spot to get a clear shot. The sun was really low and had dipped below the City Park Tree line. Starting to panic, I noticed the sun was shining brightly on the museum wall back in behind the bushes. So, I climbed in thru the bushes and fired off about 5 frames of the same photo. By the time I moved to another vantage point on the other side of the museum, the sun had dropped behind the mountains.
Even though I pulled out a decemt photo from the event - and I'm happy I did - I won't soon let go of the feeling I really dropped the ball on this one. I know these kinds of events may sound nerdy, but they're actually...well, fun! Hundreds of people come and you get to see something truly spectacular.
In any event, if you didn't see the Transit of Venus yourself, enjoy this photo...and let's BOTH make a point to get to the next cool event the heavens send us.