So it occurred to me, while sleeping no less, that I was on the correct coast to maybe watch a launch real-time as I am in South Carolina. For once such an impulse paid off -big time. Scroll down to the comments where I'll post more of the sequence. Wow!
It gets very easy to lose the forest for the trees these days: there's so much negative stuff going on that the good things can become harder to notice. This was a spectacular exception. As neat as the photos are, the experience - seeing it play across the sky in huge, vivid detail - was inspiring.