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Gazing at the sun

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I've been avidly reading all of the eclipse-related blog posts hither and yon. In addition to being amazed by people who have seen thirty or more total solar eclipses, I've picked up some interesting tips that go beyond the obvious safety rigamarole. Here are the top two for your entertainment....

Two and a half minutes of totality isn't very long. So some of the smartest eclipse-watchers tell you to set your camera down and not even try to take a shot. I suspect I'll snap one photo to share with our readers, not worrying about its quality, then settle in to watch the show.

Speaking of the show, did you know that some pros wear a patch for fifteen to twenty minutes before totality over one eye? That way, they can watch the partial eclipse unfolding...then open their night-sensitive eye as the Bailey beads fade and enjoy a much more heightened viewing experience of the total eclipse.

How about you? What's your game plan?

(And, as an aside to family readers who check this space assiduously to make sure we haven't been eaten by bears --- it's a long drive, so I doubt Mark will post tonight. Don't worry! The bears will go hungry tonight.)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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