When I saw the forecast for Madison (cloudy skies with a chance for storms) I was disappointed. Hoping for the best, I headed to a nice open spot (Olbrich Park) about 30 minutes before peak.
I arrived at the park, and noticed the heavy clouds were moving off with lighter cloud cover coming behind them. I got out my solar glasses and sure enough, the clouds were thin enough to see the eclipse!
Once in a while a few thicker clouds moved though, filtering the sunlight enough so I could shoot some photos directly. I did not have a solar filter for my camera and was planning to take some photos of shadow effects that happen. The light wasn’t strong enough for those, but I never thought I’d be able to shoot the eclipse directly! The below shot was taken about five minutes before peak (which was 85% in Madison).