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I repeat the warning on my Ceduna page: When looking at eclipses remember that even a little exposed sun contains harmful UV that can damage your eyes. The Durness eclipse permitted direct viewing because it was so low and being so far north there was a lot of atmospheric refraction (giving the sun a "squashed" look.) But as it rose I saw a young girl using exposed photo film to look at the sun. THIS IS NO GOOD! COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES DO NOT FILTER OUT UV. (Only black and white film, which has been exposed and developed to maximum density, is safe.) She could have done herself damage that she would have to live with for most of her life, and grow up regretting ever looking at the sun. Use proper eclipse viewers, welders glasses or indirect viewing methods like a pinhole camera. Check all filters for scratches. If anything lets light through at all, don't use it. Eclipses are wonderful sights: Make sure you can still see the next one.
Updated Oct 6, 2003
There are lots of puffins around Durness.
Me? I really can't see the appeal of them. If you want to go on a "puffin" expedition try Amsterdam (not that I do that either, I hasten to add).
Unique Suggestions: Enjoy a "Lawrence of Arabia" experience as you climb the sand dunes at Faraid head. Good caves on the peninsula too, and an interesting church ruin by the most northerly golf course in Britain.
Fun Alternatives: Alternative to watching puffins? Eat them.
Updated Jun 21, 2003
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent. You can't see them on this pic but there are a lot of small mosquitos in this area and in this pic they were attacking us.
Photo Equipment: A lot of photo rolls, there are not a lot of shops to buy them.
Written Feb 25, 2003