View of a partial solar eclipse from Bodega Head on 20 May 2012.
Photos were taken between 6:01 p.m. and 6:54 p.m. They are in chronological order, starting in the upper left corner and ending in the lower right. The center images were taken at 6:29 and 6:31 p.m., the peak of the eclipse in our area. During the eclipse, ambient light levels became noticeably dimmed.
At sites further north in California, an annular eclipse produced a complete "ring of fire", but at our latitude/longitude the eclipse was more like a "crescent of fire."
The silhouette of the moon moved across the sun from the southeast quadrant towards the northwest quadrant. You can see it coming in from the lower right and leaving from the upper left.
Quite a sight!