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Recently there was another solar eclipse in Alice Springs. Unlike the last one, I didn’t know this one was happening and had the strange strange experience of sitting at the kitchen table wondering if I had lost my mind. Actually it wasn’t so much that I had lost my mind, but my memory as I was certain that clouds didn’t block out as much light as was occuring right then (it had been a while since we had had a cloudy morning okay).
Anyway a call from my boss drew my attention to the truth and I set about playing with the eclipse and seeing if I could get photos of the eclipse or the visual effects of the eclipse. The following are the results.
Stage 1: Looking at the Sun.
Okay so looking at the Sun isn’t the brightest thing to do, but looking through the lense of my camera seemed like a good idea. Interestingly the sunspot at the edge of these photos shows the eclipsation better than the photo.
The eclipse was pretty obvious, and certainly visible through the camera.
The sunspot in this photo shows the sun as it’s most eclipsed point, or at least roughly….
This got pretty boring pretty quickly so we start playing with more creative techniques of observation!
Stage 2: Playing with shadows
We tried a number of very conventional and creative methods to see what was going on.
The highest degree of planning and experimental design are demonstrated in out eclipse watching apparatus.
The results of out amazingly technologically advanced apparatus.
Obviously this was a lot of hard work. So we played with bigger shadows instead.
Easily the coolest and easiest way to view the eclipse was through your fingers!
Every shadow was bent and distorted!
It turned out you could see the eclipse in every shadow, so we decided it was easier to play with shadows!
All in all a fun morning, and I got to say I was late to work because there was something wrong with the sun.
All photos courtesy of the lovely Josie.
Poem authored by Louise, Sir Calaeb and myself.
Important note. No human was in anyway harmed in the creation of this tale. Mum do not panic, it turns out I was just being paranoid!
There once was a little brown snake
Who thought that he would undertake,
To rest beside a garden stake.
No shoes was Paddy’s first mistake: Continue reading
The last day, and of course what felt like the longest! The day started pleasantly. The wind had dropped, patchy cloud meant it wasn’t hot, and all in all it was a lovely day to be riding a bicycle.
After a social coffee with a fellow cycle tourist I made my way along the East-West Road to Cape Willoughby. The road itself is a lovely track through farm land, is well graded and generally a very nice ride. As the track cuts across the middle of the eastern end of island the views aren’t spectacular, but this was more than amply compensated by the experience of chasing a flock of turkeys down the road for 500metres.
Chasing a flock of dinosaurs on a touring bike is fun!
A much nicer road to ride than the pervious day.
At Cape Willoughby I had a light lunch before going on the light house tour which was fantastic. The national parks guide was so excited about everything, especially his pride and joy the 3m tall class 1 fresnel lens from an old light house, that it was infectious. I want a light house lens!
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse is at the end of a long dirt road, and the end of a long island.
I want one!
View from Cape Willoughby Lighthouse
Anyway, after the tour I started out towards Penneshaw the end of my ride. Normally I think that the last day of a ride the hardest for mental reasons, but this time the hills were intense and I spent most of the first 20km in my lowest gear, or at most one from.
For anyone thinking about riding this road I would suggest thinking carefully before doing so because some of the steep sections really are impressively steep, irrespective of the direction you are approaching from.
I eventually made it into town, ate, swam and set myself up at the YHA for some much needed sleep and stretching. Next time I will get fit before I start a multi day ride!
Note: The fish and chips at Penneshaw are possibly the best fish and chips in the world! make sure you get some!
Looking back at the mainland after 8 days on the island.
Penneshaw is only accessible by hill. The hills are big!
Sunset on the last day of my ride.