SWF3-51 The Lunar Eclipse

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A few weeks ago, on a night when the mercury was rapidly heading to the ice forming numbers, we were blessed with a partial lunar eclipse. We are a bit too south to see the full effect, but it was still pretty cool. By the time the full moon had reduced itself to a sliver, there wasn’t enough light for my little point and shoot camera, so I’m a little disappointed that I didn’t get that. The eclipse lasted for about an hour, and I have to admit to being thankful when it was over – I was starting to lose feeling in my fingers.  But I am thankful for these shots. None of them have been re-touched at all, They are exactly how they came off my camera. (The first has been cropped).

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SWF 3 – 46 Nine Photos in Nine Minutes

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Even though I was in the car, I could feel the air changing. Thicker, heavier. Tasting of tin. Ahead there was a ridge of cloud, thicker than the rest. A feeling that a storm was coming, but yet the sun was bright.

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The further I drove, I could see a thunderhead rising behind the cloud ridge. The sun getting lower in the sky was casting eerie shadows across the road.

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The temperature was dropping quickly. There was an uneasiness in the air. The sun was setting rapidly behind me, reflecting off the rising cloud in a blinding glare

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I had travelled just over 20km. The feeling of uneasiness, carried on the electricity in the air, intensified.

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It was now very dark. The occasional lightning flask was now visible – the crackles coming through on the radio.

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Then it started. Huge drops falling from the sky. The sky turned black, the water rushed across the road. I pulled over, a passing truck covering my car with red mud.

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It didn’t last long, maybe 10 minutes. But in that 10 minutes, 70mm (1.5”) of rain fell. By the time I got home (another 20km up the road), the road was completely dry. Not a drop of rain had fallen all day.