I’VE SEEN SOME THINGS IN MY TIME – BUT TODAY’S TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE HAS ECLIPSED THEM ALL. LAST NIGHT I WAS LISTENING TO ECLIPSE CHASERS WHO’VE BEEN TO DOZENS OF THEM AND I WAS THINKING – WELL, WHY? NOW I GET IT!
We watched it from the Palmer RIver Road House with a group of seasoned eclipse chasers. We were all blown away. Click on the red arrow to hear the magic moment when totality arrived over FNQ.
All over FNQ today, people have been keeping an eye on the wildlife, to see how an eclipse might change their routine.
The eclipse came early in the morning, when some creatures are just getting up, others are trying to get to sleep. So does a sudden, unexpected two minute “night” confuse animals? Birds, flying foxes, even fish, could have their sleep and activity patterns mixed up.
AUDIO Click on the red arrow to hear our wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen explain how the eclipse affected the critters of FNQ.
THROUGH INDIGENOUS EYES
The path of today’s solar eclipse passes over country that’s been home to indigenous people for tens of thousands of years.
The area around Laura is Quinkan country, named for the powerful spirit beings of the region. They’re central to the indigenous stories of this country. While you might not encounter one yourself, you will see them depicted in Aboriginal rock art at hundreds of sites all over Quinkan country.
AUDIO Click on the red arrow to hear Matt Trezise at Jowalbinna Station give an indigenous perspective on the eclipse. Was Halley’s Comet a visit from the rainbow serpent?
Read more about Jowalbinna Station at http://www.jowalbinna.com.au/
And for info on Quinkan rock art go to http://rdontheroad.wordpress.com/2012/11/08/watch-the-eclipse-from-quinkan-country-jowalbinna-station-fnq/
DANCE LIKE NO-ONE’S WATCHING – WELL ONLY 10 THOUSAND
There’s a huge dance music festival underway just down the road from Palmer River, on the old Maitland Downs cattle station. There’s almost 10,000 people grooving their way through eclipse day, in what’s essentially a temporary town in the scrub. And there’s some great shopping opportunities, including Luke and Matt’s music stall. Some awesome musical instruments, but they’re more keen on teaching you to play than any hard sell. Click on the arrow to hear Phil Staley tuning up with Luke & Matt.
THERE’S MORE PICS AT THE EARLIER PALMER RIVER POST ON THIS BLOG. http://rdontheroad.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/solar-eclipse-2012-were-at-palmer-river-fnq/