DAVID KELLIN/For The Lancaster News
Photographer David Kellin traveled to Sumter to capture this image of the corona during totality.

Protected eyes turned skyward Monday afternoon across South Carolina as the moon slowly covered the sun in the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years.
In Lancaster, where the eclipse wasn’t quite total, the slow dimming stopped at about 2:36 p.m. It was like dusk, with an odd yellowish tint. A crescendo of crickets and frogs rose and then fell off quickly as the light returned.
Columbia, in the path of totality, drew huge crowds of astro-tourists.