Mara Durkin, Meghan Evans, and Zoe Potamianos
Teachers also have lives outside of teaching, including chemistry teacher Theresa Groman. As a science teacher as well as a photographer, she has a lot of interest in astronomy. Mrs. Groman travels to many places during breaks, weekends, and the summer to capture amazing moments using her Nikon d5500.
This past summer, Mrs. Groman and her 11-year-old son, Max, planned on traveling to see the solar eclipse in the direct path of its totality. “Everything I read about it said totality was the coolest part,” said Mrs. Groman. After some research, she discovered the best place to watch the eclipse was in Wyoming, which was predicted to have an 88 percent chance of sunny skies on the day of the eclipse, Aug. 21. They traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. on Aug. 17 and then drove to Guernsey Park, Wyo. to watch the solar eclipse.
The eclipse lasted two to three minutes and was extremely significant because the last time the solar eclipse totality crossed the U.S. was in February 1979. “It was the coolest thing ever,” said Max Groman. Mrs. Groman wanted to record the eclipse with her phone, but dropped it in awe. “I love that I have video of this moment, because it was so emotional for both of us because it really was amazing to experience,” said Mrs. Groman.
She also enjoys taking pictures of star trails at night. She has traveled to Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona, and many other places to capture these beautiful photos. She spends two hours taking them on clear and cold fall and winter nights at her camp because that is when the startrails show up the best on camera. Her goal is to capture a picture of the star trails around the North Pole reflected off Ontario Lake. However this hobby has unusual risks. “I’m always afraid a skunk is going to spray me so I am going to bring my son with me to check for skunks,” said Mrs. Groman.
To make her pictures, she uses a program to combine all the photos she takes in the moment into one to show the movement of the stars across the sky over that period of time. The pictures are made up of seconds-long exposures taken over minutes to hours.
Mrs. Groman also enjoys taking pictures and videos of foxes on her property. Every year there is a fox den in which she places trail cameras around so she can capture moments with foxes and their pups.