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Friday, 10 May 2013

Cooktown and the annual Solar Eclipse

We decided last month that I would book accommodation in Cooktown to get a little closer to the annual solar eclipse that traversed the top of Australia.  Last year we were right in the path of the solar eclipse here at Julatten but unfortunately for us it was cloudy and we missed the total eclipse.  As it is now May I thought that the chance of having cloud cover at Cooktown would be minimal.  Alas, I was wrong.  Once again it was cloudy.  At Cooktown we were never going to see the  "ring of fire" as we were too far south of the path. The best we would get was a 92% sun coverage.
We positioned ourselves on Grassy Hill lookout right beside the lighthouse and along with a handful of other camera enthusiasts we waited for the moment.  We couldn't find any solar glasses for sale before the eclipse but fortunately for us one of the Canon professional photographers very kindly handed out glasses for everybody at the lookout.  He had travelled from Italy and was an eclipse chaser.

This was the weather that greeted us in Cooktown on Thursday evening.  Wet and windy!

The morning started out well with sunshine

But the clouds started to rolling in.....

and this is the best photo I could get.

This is just interesting.  Nothing done to this photo except cropping.

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