The visual element of Monday's total solar eclipse in Casper was obvious. At David Street Station, Mike Kellerman took care of the sound.
Kellerman, who drove to Casper from San Diego, blew a large Israeli shofar throughout the eclipse.
"If anyone’s familiar with ancient writings, it’s known that in ancient times that the solar eclipse was a sign of warning from the gentile nations of either war or ominous times coming," Kellerman said. "... So the reason I’m blowing it today is just that. Sign of warning, knowing the times that we’re in. Just trying to wake people up."
Kellerman has had the the large, spiraling trumpet, which is made from the horn of a Yemenite ram, for 11 years. He plays it during ever Rosh Hashanah.
"For me, personally, the trumpet is a sign of rapture," he said. "I’m hoping soon. But no, right now it’s just warning. When it gets to be (the) total eclipse, I'm going to blow it 100 times throughout the eclipse. Hopefully people that keep by and listen just kind of keep that in their mind.
"... I believe America is a divided nation right now, and it saddens me, but I see the war on the horizon in all things, whether it’s missiles or whether it’s internal with people. It’s not the same America it used to be. It’s getting ugly."