“Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it.” Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse
Totality. Sometimes the difference between 99.9% and 100% is a little hard to describe. A mostly eclipse it gets a little darker. A total eclipse means you can stare directly at the sun without the eclipse glasses. It get cold. You can see stars in the daytime. That kind of dark. If you haven’t born witness to a total eclipse, you really should read Annie Dillard’s Total Eclipse. Reading about a total eclipse is more like the real thing than seeing a partial eclipse in person. No one does a better job at describing something that you can look right at without comprehending.
Where are you willing to be 100%?? When are you willing to lay it all out for that last little bit?
Photo Courtesy of Bruce Bergman, who stood in the hops field with me, waiting for the sun to vanish, and the stars to appear.