Jack (navarchus) wrote,
Jack
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Fade To Black

I wrote this last night (my time) as the solar eclipse was happening. It wouldn't "send," so I'm posting it this morning. (Special nod to flyboys for reminding me about the eclipse...)


Well, it's half past seven in Sydney, and the Great Dragon of the Sky has begun to eat the sun (There's a total eclipse happening in Australia, and Sydney got to see about 70% of it before sunset). It's been a strange day, and it's getting stranger...

Sydney had over 30 brushfires break out this afternoon, covering most of the surrounding area. So many firetrucks have been sent out to battle the blaze that there are roughly only 15 left to protect the rest of this city (over 3 million folks in the metro area.) The winds which were pretty quiet all day have suddenly started gusting strong enough to blow debris and roof sheeting around...it's howling outside in a funny way, making me get goosebumps.

The power is going on and off (I guess because of the fires), and savoy is hiding under the bed upstairs (I don't know if that's because of the winds or the eclipse...which is causing the shadows to look all funny as the sky slowly goes a pale, purplish colour.

I keep flashing back to that really cheezy 80's flick Night of the Comet. If you don't hear from me tomorrow, it's either because I'm a pile of orange dust, or I'm a flesh eating zombie shamboling around the suburbs in search of other survivors to gnaw on.

*break, while I watched the event*

Wow. This photo doesn't do it justice, but it should give you some idea. I went up on the roof (which was foolish, considering we are having gale force winds and my roof is almost 6 stories above ground) and tried to capture the whole thing as the sun set. I now know that solar photography with a digital cam is not as easy as it might seem.

But at least I'm not a zombie. Or blind.

Take a bite out of the sun...
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