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  • Wendell Brock

An Amazing Experience

Many of you know that besides being a great financial advisor, haha, I also love photography. A friend in 9th grade suggested that I take a photo class, instead of the typical shop classes, (I’d already taken wood shop, drafting, metal shop, print shop, and horticulture class). I really liked all those classes, but I fell in love with photography. And why not, developer ran in my veins!

In 1938, at 30 years old, and after finishing a stint as a prospector, my father enrolled in Trade Tech College in Los Angeles, to study photography. I think the first thing they did was hook him up to an IV with developer, as he too fell in love with photography. He discovered his niche and supported his family as a professional photographer.

The influence of my father and the enjoyment I found in my high school photography classes led me to a lifelong love of photography; it is something that continually captivates me. Being able to capture a moment of splendor, curiosity, or beauty is a wonderful creative experience; sharing those images with people is just plain fun!

On October 14, I was able to capture the annular solar eclipse. I had planned to leave around Friday at noon and drive six hours to west Texas to a spot I had mapped out to take my photos. Taxes got in the way, and I finished my last return and client meeting at 8:00 pm. Rushing home, I packed my gear, and hit the road by 8:50 pm to drive west.

Andrews, Texas is a small town about 45 minutes north of the Midland/Odessa area. I grabbed some breakfast, looked around the town, then drove a few miles west to a place I was sure would be as close as possible to be the direct path of the eclipse.

Sometimes we make a great effort in our work, finish a tax return, answer questions, help someone in need, or just do a kind deed. At times we are immediately blessed, other times the blessings come down the road, but they always come. This was one of those times where I felt immediately blessed; and I am so grateful for the image captured, the time spent to ponder on the magnitude of the sun, moon, and my place on our home planet earth.

Thank you all for being a part of my life and allowing me to share an amazing experience with you. Total trip: 24 hours 30 minutes. And worth every second!

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