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Solar Eclipse, California-Style: 5 Best Photos, Videos of Sunday's 'Ring of Fire'

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Mon, May 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM

click to enlarge Not bad. - ABC7
  • ABC7
  • Not bad.
Where were you between the hours of 5:24 p.m. and 7:42 p.m. yesterday?

If your answer is "catching up on back-episodes of Game of Thrones, you heathen" -- joke's on you, brother. You just missed a real-life fantasy apocalypse: a stunning solar ring over the mountaintops/bay views of Los Angeles, the likes of which won't return for another 59 years.

The good news:

Thousands of solar-eclipse watchers were taking in the spectacle through their viewfinders (as opposed to those special nerd glasses that Griffith Observatory was handing out), and quickly uploaded their footage to the Internet for 59 years of reminiscing.

Here are our favorite videos and photos to come out of California, where the so-called "Ring of Fire" was especially spectacular.

5. Local radio station KPCC posted a time-lapse video of the eclipse. It's not insanely close-up or anything, but has a sweet tumbling-snowflake effect that gives us a lovely case of the spins.

4. L.A. photographer "Silvermic" Tweeted this one to the Los Angeles Times, saying he took it at Cabrillo Beach. Screw the observatory -- looks like the place to be for Sunday's end-of-worlds was the neon coastline.

click to enlarge "Took a pic of the eclipse at cabrillo beach this evening" - @S1LVERMICGEORGE VIA TWITTER
  • @S1lverMicGeorge via Twitter
  • "Took a pic of the eclipse at cabrillo beach this evening"

[Update: After posting this list, we came across Flickr user jimnista's incredible time-lapse photo of the eclipse, taken at Sunset Beach. Consider this an honorable mention, and another case for coastal viewing.]

click to enlarge "May 20 2012 Solar Eclipse near Sunset Beach / Huntington Beach, CA - timelapse / composition of "phases" of the eclipse during the approximate 2 hour duration." - JIMNISTA VIA FLICKR
  • jimnista via Flickr
  • "May 20 2012 Solar Eclipse near Sunset Beach / Huntington Beach, CA - timelapse / composition of "phases" of the eclipse during the approximate 2 hour duration."

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