Eclipse

That was amazing. The difference between "most" and "total" really is significant.

We joined friends on a resort island in Lake Erie -- words I never expected to hear in the same sentence -- for a couple days. We had some clouds but they didn't impede seeing the main event.

I saw the "diamond ring". I might have seen a bead but I'm not sure. I saw the sun's corona with a big "black hole" in the middle with my naked eyes. I saw the "sort-of sunset" all around. So neat!

14:34, T minus 37 minutes, well into the partial eclipse, a view to the south:

Lake Erie, a distant shore to the left, light clouds, and two ducks

We were at the park on Put-In Bay around Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. Here's the memorial, also at T minus 37 minutes. Light levels were noticeably down and just starting to feel "weird".

memorial tower with sungazers sitting on the lawn at its base

15:08, T minus 3 minutes. The temperature had dropped several degrees. Colors definitely looked weird at this point, but I'm struck by how light the sky still looked with barely a sliver of the sun showing.

Lake Erie, gentle waves, darkening sky, bright sunlight glowing in the sky

When we entered totality three minutes later, I was mostly staring at the not-sun. There's no way I could take pictures of that that would be anywhere near as good as the ones you can see from pros, and I didn't want to spend those precious minutes fussing with it. This was a moment for awe and wonder, not recording. I said a b'racha at this point. (I am aware that this is controversial, but since I sought out this experience, I wasn't going to treat it as an ill omen like the rabbis of the talmud did.)

I did stop staring long enough to take a few quick shots of the horizon:

15:13, during totality (the water is choppier now than the same spot five minutes earlier):

Lake Erie with what looks like a sunset

15:15, near the end of totality, a view to the north. The "rays" in the sky in these ones are interesting:

trees and buildings in shadow against a lightening horizon, with rays seeming to emanate from behind a tree

a little farther along the horizon, with those trees still included

A final southern view (I took all of these within one minute; this was a quick look 'round):

Lake Erie again, similar to 15:08 but a little more orange

During totality I took off my (regular) glasses to find out if I'd see a color-shift on the corona. Yes, the eye condition that causes me to see slightly into the UV (when conditions permit) was in play; the corona color shifted slightly. But, of course, it was now much fuzzier, so I only tested that for a moment, for science.

And then it was time to put the eclipse glasses back on as the crescent of the sun emerged and the sky lightened.

We watched the eclipse from here (maps courtesy of Google):

satellite view of map

For context:

zoomed-out map to show Ohio shore