Photographer Captures the New Land Rover Discovery During the Total Solar Eclipse

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2017 solar eclipse Land Rover Discovery

Alex Strohl got to his 2017 total solar eclipse photo spot by taking the new Land Rover Discovery off road.

What did you do to get ready for the total solar eclipse? Pick up the proper eyewear to watch it with? Take the elevator downstairs to the parking lot of your office building so you could get the perfect viewing spot? Open your blinds just enough to catch a glimpse of it?

Photographer and popular Instagram user Alex Strohl prepared for the big moment in a different way. Land Rover wanted him to get the perfect shot of its all-new Discovery during the total solar eclipse. To get to the ideal spot, he used the Discovery to do what it was designed to do: go off road. He started out in Salt Lake City, Utah and spent the next three days traveling in the comfortable and quiet Discovery to Idaho’s Railroad Ridge, an off-road trail whose elevation goes from almost 6,000 to 10,000 feet through the Sawtooth National Forest.

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Land Rover said the area offers “some of the most picturesque, yet difficult to reach, vistas in the U.S. Not only is the location remote and beautiful, but it was also directly on the path of totality, making it the perfect vantage point for one of nature’s most beautiful fleeting moments.”

It’s hard to disagree. Strohl captured powerful images. They’re simple, but they don’t need to be more than what they are. The pictures speaks for themselves. Land Rover also put Strohl in the right vehicle. The new Discovery was designed to – you guessed it – eclipse the LR4 it replaces. I’ve never driven the LR4, but I have taken the Discovery through five states and over sand, mud, and rock to get to windy peaks. I never saw an eclipse once I reached them, although I did realize how capable the Discovery is.

Derek Shiekhi's father raised him on cars. As a boy, Derek accompanied his dad as he bought classics such as post-WWII GM trucks and early Ford Mustang convertibles.

After loving cars for years and getting a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Texas State University, Derek decided to get an associate degree in journalism from Austin Community College as well. His networking put him in contact with the editor of the Austin-American Statesman newspaper, who hired him to write freelance about automotive culture and events in Austin, Texas in 2013. One particular story led to him getting a certificate for learning the foundations of road racing.

While watching TV with his parents one fateful evening, he saw a commercial that changed his life. In it, Jeep touted the Wrangler as the Texas Auto Writers Association's "SUV of Texas." Derek knew he had to join the organization if he was going to advance as an automotive writer. He joined the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in 2014 and was fortunate to meet several nice people who connected him to the representatives of several automakers and the people who could give him access to press vehicles (the first one he ever got the keys to was a Lexus LX 570). He's now a regular at TAWA's two main events: the Texas Auto Roundup in the spring and the Texas Truck Rodeo in the fall.

Over the past several years, Derek has learned how to drive off-road in various four-wheel-drive SUVs (he even camped out for two nights in a Land Rover), and driven around various tracks in hot hatches, muscle cars, and exotics. Several of his pieces, including his article about the 2015 Ford F-150 being crowned TAWA's 2014 "Truck of Texas" and his review of the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider, have won awards in TAWA's annual Excellence in Craft Competition. Last year, his profile of Wagonmaster, a business that restores Jeep Wagoneers, won prizes in TAWA’s signature writing contest and its pickup- and SUV-focused Texas Truck Invitational.

In addition to writing for a variety of Internet Brands sites, including and, Derek also contributes to other outlets. He started There Will Be Cars on Instagram and Facebook to get even more automotive content out to fellow enthusiasts.

Derek can be contacted at [email protected]

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