Around downtown Charleston, the fantastical mixed with the mundane as hundreds gathered to watch the eclipse while others went about their lives as if nothing much was happening.
"Look at it, mom," a child shouted as a family made its way down Meeting Street around 2 p.m.
"Ah, I’ll just watch it later online," the mother said.
Dozens of people stumbled about trying to move along the sidewalks with their heads tilted to the heavens, clutching their cardboard solar glasses to their heads.
A trio of College of Charleston students chatted on the steps of a gymnasium facility, oblivious to the antics. A man hustled by with a pizza box, set on getting wherever he was headed.
Hundreds, however, packed Marion Square, lying on blankets with their heads positioned skyward. An occasional gasp or cheer rolled through the crowd when the clouds parted and revealed the solar display overhead.
It was a doubly special day for Josie Thompson of Myrtle Beach, falling as it did on her 21st birthday. She had always wanted to celebrate the occasion in Charleston.
And when she heard it coincided with the eclipse, she decided: "That’s double the reasons to go."
She and friend Frank Colby Newell couldn’t scrounge up any special solar glasses but he had some old welders’ helmets at home from his days assembling BMX equipment. They did the trick. They drew some stares but ...
"Works great," Newell said.
Steven Lawrence took an Amtrack train from New York City to catch the eclipse in Charleston, toting along a high-powered telescope with a special solar filter. An astronomy buff since childhood, the 37-year-old hospital worker wasn’t about to miss his first chance at seeing an eclipse.
Lawrence wasn’t daunted by the cloud cover, "We’ve already seen the partial eclipse come through so it’s worth it," he said.
- Glenn Smith
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Photographers Grace Beahm Alford, Leroy Burnell and Matthew Fortner captured the scene in downtown Charleston.
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