Monday, August 21, 2017

All the fun of an eclipse by Barbara Edwards

 No photos today.
I’m in Virginia, waiting to see the solar eclipse at two forty-five.
Its been strangely funny.
We didn’t get the special glasses before we left home because it seemed reasonable that they would be in good supply further South. Hah. They are gone. Sold out. We couldn’t even
get them online.
Okay. So we have the directions to make a solar box.
Get a box. Tape white paper on one inside side.
Poke a pinhole in the other side.
Hold the box so the sun is directly above it.
You can see the eclipse shadow move across the side.
I hope.
So my son bought a lens to take photos and I’m hoping to have a few to share.
Otherwise, like everyone else, I’ll be watching it on television. 
Are you lucky enough to get a good view?

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Jannine Gallant said...

Not in the direct path here, just 75%. Honestly, I don't see what the fuss is all about, but maybe that's just me... However, I saw a good viewing tip on Facebook. Put your phone camera in selfie mode, turn your back to the sun, and watch the eclipse over your shoulder in the phone. Seems simple enough! Hope your solar box works!

Rolynn Anderson said...

Cloudy here in Arroyo Grande, CA. Won't see the eclipse, sad to say. I look forward to seeing professional photos, however. I smile when I imagine what early men and women thought of the eclipse. "Oh, great; what's next?"

Diane Burton said...

We had a great view, even though it wasn't a total eclipse up here in Michigan. Maybe 85-90%. I ordered the glasses through Amazon almost 2 weeks ago when I heard the glasses were running out. They were back ordered but promised by today. Got them last week. It was definitely worth watching. There will be another in 7 years. Hope I'm still around to watch it because we will be closer to the path. I'm saving those cardboard glasses for the next one.

Leah St. James said...

I didn't care enough to buy glasses ahead of time, but I did tune into to see what was going on in the west. (I live in Virginia.) When the clock hit 2:30, I found myself wandering outside to watch everyone else who watching with special glasses and lenses. :-) I tried the selfie thing with my phone, but all I saw was a big yellow blob. Finally one of our photographers took pity on me and shared a special viewing thingy they had made. It was cool, and I'm glad I got to see bits and pieces.

Alicia Dean said...

I don't think I was in the right spot for a good view, but I wasn't terribly interested. Hope you had a good time, looking forward to the pics!