2017 Solar Eclipse

August 24, 2017

On Monday, August 21, 2017, there was a unique solar eclipse in the United States. The eclipse was unique in that it crossed the lower 48 from west coast to the east coast. In fact, thousands of people traveled to the path of totality to view the complete solar eclipse. Here in Northern Virginia, we had about 82% coverage and even at that, it was spectacular.

Viewing Planning (j/k)

As I am recovering from surgery and am on bed rest, I had not prepared in any way to observe the eclipse. However, in the morning I saw a post in one of my online groups about a woman who had an extra pair of eclipse glasses that she was selling. So, I messaged her and took my first post-surgery drive (it was short and hubs was at work) to go pick them up. 

Photographing the 2017 Solar Eclipse

After I had glasses, I naturally tried to figure out if I would be able to photograph the eclipse. I ended up rigging up a contraption by duct taping my glasses to the end of my biggest lens. Surprisingly, it worked, lol. I highly recommend buying a solar lens for your camera. This worked, but it would have been so much better with a real lens. 2017 Solar Eclipse Northern Virginia 2017 Solar Eclipse Northern Virginia

Observing the Eclipse

When it came time for the actual solar eclipse, I hobbled out to my driveway on a combination of crutches and my brand new knee scooter. It was a lot more effort than I thought it would be, but it was totally worth it.

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Did you watch the 2017 Solar Eclipse?

If so, share your solar eclipse photos, links, and/or experience in the comments below!

By Sara Beth

Sara Beth is a digital geek with a passion for all things National Parks, Road Trips, Genealogy, and Cheese. Her early years were spent in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin. After college graduation, she moved to Las Vegas, fell in love, and adopted a dog. Today, she lives with her husband and their dog in the suburbs of Washington, DC.

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    Your creative use of duct tape reminds me of someone…..

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      Dad will be proud, lol!