Great American Eclipse - 21st August 2017.
The view from Table Mountain, where I had a remote camera setup three days before the eclipse.
While hiking up the Table Mountain trail again the day after eclipse, it was great to meet people including David, Sean and Michael who'd been camped out on the mountain and enjoyed the eclipse from the summit with 200 others!
Further up the trail, near the top of the steep climb to the ridge, I met two people who had just been up to the summit that morning. I was surprised to hear they had discovered my camera, but my heart sank when they told me they had found it fallen over. I felt weak at the knees at the thought that I hadn't adequately secured the tripod and that even if the camera had still operated correctly, it would have nothing but a close-up view of the rock ledge it was parked on.
To my physical weariness I now added mental distress, trying to console myself that it was still a great hike and would make a great story, even with nothing more than a timelapse of a rock in front of the camera going dark and getting bright again. Particularly as I had noticed very windy conditions on Saturday evening returning from planting another remote camera, I thought it was guaranteed that the camera would have fallen over early in its stay on the mountain.
When I eventually reached the camera and started playing back through the images on the camera, I was stunned to find that the eclipse sequence had captured perfectly. I could even see on the back of the camera the twilight glow along the horizon during totality and between the craggy peaks of the Tetons, an effect I had hoped and planned for, keeping the camera at a high elevation to have a view close to the horizon between the peaks on the range opposite.
I felt myself the luckiest guy alive, that my camera had survived three days and nights on the Table Mountain summit, and had miraculously only fallen over in the last 24 hours before I returned to collect it.