Annular Eclipse 2012 – as seen from Tahoe and Truckee

Tahoe Mountain Sports was lucky to be in the direct path of the annular eclipse today (we’re located just below Reno on the above map), and it was rad! Here’s a look at a few photos from around our region. Share how you captured or experienced the annular solar eclipse with us on our Facebook page.

WHO: Everyone in Tahoe

WHAT: Annular solar eclipse 2012

WHEN: May 20, 2012

GEAR: sunglasses and eclipse-viewing lens

Tahoe City Annular Eclipse Action: I joined a small group of friends out on Bristlecone Beach and there were loads of people there. I heard there were some 50 cars lined up by Eagle Rock, so Tahoe was in force for this event. I made a cereal box eclipse viewer but it sucked in comparison to the welder’s lens (above, center photo) and eclipse-viewing specific glasses (the pink ones above) that some friends had.

Kings Beach Eclipse 2012: Just outside the TMS shop was prime eclipse viewing, as Kings Beach is on the lake’s north shore, with great views to the west. The shadows get crazy during an eclipse and the sun/moon combo is mirrored in shadows, and your shadows get ultra blurry around the edges.

Truckee Eclipse Party at 5050 Brewery: Mr. Truckee shared his photoset from the party at 5050 Brewery in Truckee with us on Facebook. It appears from his photos that the place was packed… and that he has a sweet photo lens to take great eclipse shots with. View all his photos from the event on the Mr. Truckee Facebook page.

Eclipse resources:

I found this post to be helpful, but the cereal box eclipse viewer sucked compared to glasses and the welder lens some other folks on the beach had. Some other resources I consulted were the NASA eclipse-viewing tips and how to photograph an eclipse. Do you have an eclipse viewing tips, tricks or photos? Share with us on Facebook.

The Tahoe Mountain Sports Adventure of the Week blog series takes a walk, hike, bike, or annular eclipse viewing in someone else’s shoes, from pro athletes to local Tahoe adventurers. Let us know if you’ve got an adventure to share.

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I'm Tahoe Mountain Sports' web editor and a 6-year Tahoe resident. Yep, I live the life, with a lake view from my desk, lunch breaks on the beach with my dog, and morning powder runs when the snow's good. I ski, snowboard, skate ski, and cross-country ski in winter, and hike, mountain bike, backpack, and lay around on Tahoe's beaches in summer.


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