2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Montpelier, Vermont

1 minute & 37 seconds

of totality

April 8, 2024 was my second total solar eclipse. Shorter, and more fleeting than the first, but incredible nonetheless. My family and I drove 170 miles, racing the clock, and traffic, to experience totality again. And this time, I got even better photos. We endured a fair mount of traffic, worse than foliage season for sure, and skipped out on the festivities and celebration. All in all, this trip was a quick 14 hours round trip, door-to-door from south of Boston.— probably the least amount of time I’ve ever visiting Vermont, but totality worth it.

During this Total Solar Eclipse we were fortunate enough to see the pink solar prominences - which are magnetic field structures on the surface of the sun. We also witnessed Baily’s Beads — as the as the sun becomes obscured by the surface of the moon, the light sneaks around the uneven terrain.


Total Solar Eclipse with pink solar prominences.

2 Baily’s Beads

Just after the Total Solar Eclipse, 2 of Baily’s Beads were visible as the sun’s light spreads across the rocky surface of the moon. The pink solar prominences were still visible.

3 Baily’s Beads

And just a moment later, 3 of Baily’s Beads were visible as the sun’s light spreads across the rocky surface of the moon. The pink solar prominences were still visible.

Tangible Totality

If you want keep a tangible photo of totality or a silly sticker about the traffic, shop my online eclipse merch.

Leah Ramuglia photographs the total Solar eclipse in Montpelier, Vermont, totality 2024
Solar eclipse selfie in Montpelier, Vermont before totality in 2024

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Sweetwater, Tennessee



My first total eclipse experience was on August 21, 2017. My mom had convinced us to travel 980 miles to see totality — it sounded like a crazy idea but it’s a trip I will never forget. I flew from Boston to Charlottesville via a layover in NYC, while my parents took the train from Boston to Washington, DC — where they met my aunt, and drove together to meet me in Virginia. We spent a night in Roanoke, VA and drove to Sweetwater, TN the next day. We arrived with a little time to spare and set up in out a field where my aunt had reserved a parking spot. I had brought my camera with me, but I didn’t plan far enough in advance to buy the necessary gear before it was all sold out. So I knew I would attempt a few photos, but mostly I’d just be experiencing the moment, like everyone else. And boy, am I glad I did. That experience was unlike any other.

After the eclipse ended, we spent some time downtown, taking in the festivities, and against all odds, I ran into someone I knew. We spent more than 11 hours in traffic to get back to our hotel in Virginia, and by the time we flew home, the random seat selection on Southwest Airlines had me sitting next to a flat-earther. It was an unforgettable and mind blowing trip all around.