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Photo Essay: Total Solar Eclipse at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

The road wasn’t as busy as I had thought it would be at 5 a.m. I suppose it’s because several people traveled up to agate Fossil Beds National Monument the night before and many more came later in the day.

About 10 miles before the park, cars, trucks and RVs dotted the sides of the road. They were all out of state vehicles. Most were pulled off the road and parked against fences. The fences are to keep livestock in. It doesn’t mean it’s free land to park your car or pitch your tent. But they did so anyway.

It angered me in a way. It’s great that people travel from places far away to see an eclipse at a great site, but disrespecting others and their land rubs me the wrong way.

Later in the day, I heard one gentleman say, “We’re so far out in the middle of nowhere, the owners, if there even are any, probably wouldn’t have seen us anyway.”

I was wearing my Star-Herald polo shirt and I was working. I chose to let that comment go. I also didn’t want it to ruin my day.

I turned into the park. The rangers smiled as they saw me. My day was already better. This is a photo essay of my day. I wrote two stories for the Star-Herald, took more than 700 photographs, met some new people, and experienced a phenomenal event.

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SQUIRREL!

A squirrel in Estes Park, Colorado.

A squirrel in Estes Park, Colorado.

This little guy was near our hotel. He watched me carefully while resting his front paw on a pine cone, then darted across the lawn and up a tree.

I swear this squirrel is sticking its tongue at me.

I swear this squirrel is sticking its tongue at me.

He only stopped for a moment, not enough time to focus and get a good shot of him, but I think he was mocking me.

Tigers

Last month, I wrote an article about our local Amur tigers and how they have been selected to be a part of a breeding program to help with their survival. It was also International Tiger Day.

Nika strolls through the special enrichment she received as part of the 2015 International Tiger Day celebrations at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff.

Nika strolls through the special enrichment she received as part of the 2015 International Tiger Day celebrations at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff.

Lana takes a break from her enrichment during the celebratoin of International Tiger Day at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff.

Lana takes a break from her enrichment during the celebratoin of International Tiger Day at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff.

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