Well, it was big and beautiful, and the first time since 1866 that this has happened, so I guess it is a pretty big deal.  Big enough to fly hundreds of miles for, and stay awake in the cold for 🙂  I will post more images in the next few days, after I have returned to Charleston, but here’s a nine image collage of the various stages of the eclipse.  Unfortunately it set before it was over, so the entire progression was not captured from where I was in Joshua Tree, but this was awesome enough, and besides I desperately needed to find some hot coffee by the end of it.