Commenter punzdeleon to my post on coming to see the eclipse had a great observation:
The sight of a black disc surrounded by glory plucks primal nerves. If you have the chance to see one do so.It truly is an incredible sight. The last few minutes as totality approaches are almost other-worldly; the brightness of the 1PM sun drops slowly in the first hour of the eclipse, but as the last minutes tick off, the light drops so fast that successive pictures from my DSLR were different exposures. Finally, in the last minute every surrounding streetlight, gas station sign; everything that runs on a light detector, turned on, as if it was anticipating a coming night. When the sun finally vanished, a deep twilight remained. Not fully night, but Venus was bright and a few bright stars stood out. The corona, only visible during totality, was vividly beautiful.
I can't get pictures out of my DSLR here, so pictures will hopefully follow in a couple of days. If they're actually good.