I shy away from superlatives and hyperbole as much as I can. When making a statement, I want it to ring true and not be diluted by previous associations. That said, I have never seen a sight so astounding and magnificent as what took place in the sky over Oregon on Monday. Nothing compares. It was a wonder on a plane of its own, etched into my mind with the clarity of the sharpening shadows that preceded totality. From start to finish, as shown in the image above, the eclipse was awesome in the truest sense of the word. As Muir said, "This grand show is eternal." I would argue that Monday was far grander than average, when the Sun, the Moon, and our eyes were perfectly aligned.