Thursday, November 15, 2012

AFK from WoW - Eclipse 2012 Day 4 - Eclipse Day

I was so excited I could hardly sleep.  I was up from midnight researching weather and writing and thinking about what I would do if the weather was bad for the eclipse at sunrise.  I finally lay down at about 330am and the alarm went off at 430am and we packed food for the kids, the cameras, beach towels and headed down to Four Mile Beach at Port Douglas, which is directly east facing.

Of course, we weren't the only ones with that idea.


The beach was full of people but there was plenty of space for everyone.  The tide was coming in as well, so we kept ourselves way back from the water, as we watched the horizon for sunrise.  Channel 7 was there somewhere too, and we saw the helicopter fly past us filming the crowd after the eclipse.

Stay away clouds!  Looking promising...
Sunrise and first contact - extremely hard to see in top left because of cloud distortion
Oh no no no, you are not going up into those clouds...

God damn it!  Get out of those clouds!
My children oblivious to me getting agitated at the sun behind the clouds
Approaching totality behind the clouds... CRAP!
Minutes before totality... get OUT from those clouds!
The beginning of totality occurred behind a cloud.  The sky darkened, the stars became visible and it got cold.  I whooped even though I was disappointed that I was going to miss the eclipse because of stupid CLOUDS, because the whole experience, with everyone screaming in excitement around you was pretty awesome.  But then, halfway through totality, lady luck shone on our side and the sun began to move out from behind the cloud...
Come out come out!

Yay out from the clouds!

This is a picture of the corona and you can see the solar flares

Diamond ring effect as totality ends
And back behind the clouds again
So exciting!  So lucky!  I was thrilled, and the kids even got to see the black sun.  I think they were fascinated by totality even though they didn't understand it - Hyad was explaining it to my daughter and she remembers that the sun was black and it looked like a moon.

I'll show you my eclipse!
We headed out to Mossman Gorge to have a look - there are some walking trails and you can also swim in the water there - crocodile free!


After that long walk and letting the kids play in the water up to their ankles, we went on a bird tour with Del Richards of Fine Feather tours which I admit I was a bit concerned because of the kids!  How were we going to keep them quiet?  What about walking?  I am not carrying the kids... sigh, if it was just me and Hyad and Eddings, then we could go on longer walks.  Anyway it turns out we just get driven everywhere in a 4WD and just hop in and hop out of the car.  Much easier!  Except the kids got cranky and restless and noisy during the trip, though were often pacified by drinks, cruskits, rice crackers and chocolate.


So this is what I pet battled today...

 Bush stone-curlew and chesnut breasted mannekin

 Collared sparrowhawk (take my word for it!), double barred finch and red browed finch

 Double eyed fig parrot and forest kingfisher

 Greater bowerbird and his bower (nest)

 Peaceful dove and bar shouldered dove, and red winged parrots
 
Pied imperial pigeon and spangled drongo

 Silvereye and yellow spotted honeyeater
 Spectacled Monarch and Australian Brush Turkey

Platypus and Agile wallabies


We were buggered after that.  Hot, sweaty, sticky, covered in dried sunscreen and insect repellant - I was looking forward to getting home and having a nice hot shower.  We had mexican for dinner and I put the kids to bed and crashed... until midnight.  Now I'm up again!  Tomorrow we will be doing the cable car and steam train ride (a very kid friendly day, unlike today!).

22 comments:

  1. Those are awesome shots of the eclipse, Navi! I caught some of it on the news last night and I think they said the next time we'll see a total solar eclipse in the US will be in 2017.

    Any of those pets you saw this time of the rare variety? =P

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    1. I will be in the US for that eclipse! Though it looks like it's going over the north half of the US... peaking over Kentucky... wonder if any of my friends I can navispam IRL whilst I'm there?

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  2. I don't have time to write all the feelings these posts have inspired ...oh my Navi this is amazing!!!!!!!

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    1. TY Matty! I hope they're all positive feelings :)

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  3. Fantastic pictures! Can't wait to show my husband, he'll love those! All those bird battle pets!

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    1. Thank you Ancient! I hope he doesn't think I am too much of a noob...

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  4. Beautiful photos Navi :) my favourite is the diamond ring effect, just gorgeous :)

    Hope you are having a great time! Missing you online though :(

    Souglyy

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    1. That is my fave shot too! It is fun but I am thinking about how I could have been doing august celestial dailies...

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  5. Great photos Navi :) Can't believe you saw a platypus in the wild, that's so cool! I spent ages during my Tassie trip a couple of years ago looking for those little buggers but did not see one. Your natural talent for finding rares has definitely paid off!

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    1. Thanks Shab :) I saw my first platypus in Tasmania on my own but all the other sightings I had were guided tours (in Victoria we went on a 5am canoe guide near Apollo bay, and this time we were doing birdwatching). So if you really want to see one get a guide!

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  6. What an awesome opportunity, Navi! Thank you so much for sharing it with us with your wonderful photographs! Thanks for sharing all your awesome wildlife sightings, too! (I bet you've more than made your IntPiPoMo quota by now :P)

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    1. Oh my I didn't count this for intpipomo... glad you enjoyed reading Kam :)

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  7. Amazing pics Nav! Wish I was there to be part of the fun :)

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  8. Looks like it was well worth the trip for everyone. Fantastic shots there. I'm glad I got to see the rest of the shots. :)

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    1. Ty cym! Next eclipse in Australia is in Sydney so you will see one in the future.

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  9. Oh, Navi, beautiful shots! Looks like a wonderful time, too!

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    1. Holidays are always fun, and thank you Ambermist!

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  10. Your pictures are amazing. Australia has now made it onto my list of places I want to visit in the near future rather than just at some point (you should demand some money off the tourist board :p).

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    1. If you ever drop by our sunburnt country, I would love to take you out for tea! That can be my reward for promoting tourism lol.

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