Wednesday, August 23, 2017


I'm newly home from Columbia, SC, where the wife and I went to see the solar eclipse. For both of us, this was our first total eclipse.

Wow, Just, wow.

The nearby photo isn't one I took. Plenty of photogs better than me are filling the web with eclipse imagery. I just wanted to take it all in. The excitement and expectancy of hundreds of people all around. The near-totality moment the crickets woke up. The pink sunset tinge looking west over Lake Murray, while the (mostly obscured) Sun remained high in the sky. Day become night. Baily's beads. The solar corona: way cool. The purple flash -- for which I have no name -- that appeared in the last instant of totality.

I'll be reliving this experience for awhile :-)

(Also the nightmarish drive home. I hope that fades from memory.)


MikeP said...

Hi, Ed. You were down my way. I'm from Columbia, although I reside just a bit north of it these days. We had a spectacular view of it, didn't we?

Frankly, I was blown away. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but when it hit totality my jaw dropped.

Edward M. Lerner said...

It was QUITE the show! And everywhere we went, the people of Columbia were most welcoming and hospitable.