‘The best natural event I have witnessed,’ says Albion native who saw total eclipse in Wyoming

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 August 2017 at 8:25 pm

Photo by John Tobiason, Visual Information Specialist at Grand Teton National Park

An Albion native saw the total eclipse today with his wife and two children. David Restivo calls the experience, “The best natural event I have witnessed.”

And this comes from someone who has worked at National Parks for the past two decades.

Restivo, a 1992 Albion graduate, produced media for the Glacier, Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks. He now manages digital content and communications for the Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Directorate.

“I help communicate scientific information and research so the public can understand it,” he said.

Restivo has a vast collection of breathtaking scenes from the National Parks.

Katrina Restivo took this photo of her husband David, center, and their sons, Carson at left and Blake at right.

He was hyped to see the total eclipse. He and his family went to Grand Teton National Park on Friday. He stood next to John Tobiason, Visual Information Specialist at Grand Teton National Park, while Tobiason took the top photo.

“My friend took this awesome photo while standing next to me,” Restivo posted on Facebook this afternoon with the photo at top. “And while it is awesome, the photo doesn’t do the experience any justice. Anticipation builds as the moon covers the last bit of the sun. The temperature really drops. A shadow sweeps across the mountains and ground. The Sun’s corona glows brightly behind the moon. You see planets. And then the moon moves again and you see what looks like a shining diamond ring. The light returns, sweeping across the landscape.”

Grand Teton was in a celestial path of total eclipse. Orleans County experienced a partial eclipse with the Sun still shining through despite a partial block from the Moon.

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