Benicia’s own Lisa Duncan, who shoots for Benicia Magazine, traveled up to Madras, Oregon for Solarfest, to photograph the total eclipse of the sun. Even with over 150,000 expected attendees in Central Oregon, Lisa was caught on CBS’s national broadcast of the morning news, filmed amid the masses of people gathered to experience the totality with shared awe.
Lisa reported that the camp was very organized, clean, and populated with the nicest group of people she had ever had ever met. “It was pretty amazing. The most sensational thing was how cold it got, on a warm day, during the totality. It was noticeably cold.” She added that thousands of people, all cheering during the two-minute totality, was indescribable. “We were all on the same path, thinking about and experiencing the event. Lots of people were crying. The minute totality hit, it was magic, unreal, unbelievable. It was a moment in time that we all shared together. I’m definitely going to the 2024 event.”