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ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
Torrey Pines, California (Pacific Ocean)
Only 6 months after the awesome 7/91 (total) solar eclipse, an (annular) solar eclipse @sunset was scheduled for the Southern California area. I planned a site near Malibu, but there was inclement weather the night before (typical for January). On eclipse day, it was obvious that clouds would interfere for viewing in the Los Angeles area. I made a quick call to San Diego, and the weather report was kinda clear. I raced down the 5 Freeway, looking for a nice site, and decided on Torrey Pines State Park. I had a lot of equipment (3 tripods worth), and a good 30 yards to walk to my site. I got everything running, just before 1st contact (~3:30 pm).
There were some people right along the cliff in the distance, but I was further back (alone, no crowds). There were some clouds during the partial phases, and totality (when the sun was about to set near the horizon). But, it actually gave the photos some dramatic effect.