Residents view total eclipse

By Jacy Glazier

Some people who watched the solar eclipse last Monday saw interesting shadows known as a “snake phenomenon.” This phenomenon was captured by Sam and Julie Boettcher of Custer.

If you don’t know about the solar eclipse by now, you have probably been living under a rock for quite some time.

We would dare to say most of the world watched the solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, whether it was in the path of totality, at 97 percent (like here in Custer) or on the TV or internet.

Folks traveled from far and wide to states like Nebraska and Wyoming to be in the path of complete darkness for less than three minutes.

Dr. Joy M. Falkenburg and her family were among some of these people.

“It was fantastic! We watched it from a friend’s ranch that was in the ‘totality.’ It was very moving and interesting to see the effects on nearby cattle, crickets and ants,” she said.

Falkenburg said, although they were with family and friends, they also made new friends through the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“I loved that the whole nation was experiencing the eclipse together and it made me think about the interconnectedness and interdependence of all humans. It was a very special time with my children,” she said.

Thyra Powers went to Lusk, Wyo., to experience the eclipse with her husband and dogs. They left Custer at 5:15 a.m. and were met by a few others on the road heading to watch as well.

“Seeing the total eclipse in real time, in person, is so much different than what I could capture on video,” Powers said. “We had great people around us and it was just an all around indescribable thing. It was just a perfect day — even the dogs were excited!”

The solar eclipse was unique in more ways than just being rare; it was a moment that this whole country came together to celebrate how amazing the world can be. No fighting, no arguing — just millions of people looking at the sky in a “total eclipse of the heart.”