I really had to see this eclipse – met up with my nephew at KSU, then eclipse chasing (versus the clouds) all the way from Kansas to central and south-east Missouri. The pictures I got were interesting, but I think the videos (and audio) reflect the experience of totality much better. The initial crescent shaped shadows through the “pinholes” in the leafy branches,
With the slowly creeping moon swallowing the sun
Followed by totality
and the sudden disappearance of sunlight, followed by crickets chirping (listen to the sounds as the sky darkens)
I must confess, it became dark and my camera exposure settings got screwed up – no pictures of the diamond ring. Ah, well, better luck next time!
This is definitely an ethereal experience and one worth the effort to see it. Everybody and his uncle did!