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Published: November 14th 2012
This ship was moored off P D Tuesday - shops were crowded! Still there this morning emptying passengers pockets in exchange for a great memory.
Like all travelers, we love a freebie, and today we were in luck. It will be a couple of hundred years at Port Douglas before you can give this ago, but it could be worth the wait if you are able.
Today there was a total eclipse of the sun at Port Douglas, right on the beach next to the Tropic Breeze Van Park. The last few days at P D have been cloudy and showery, but Tuesday Evening was reasonably clear and gave us some hope of seeing the eclipse. I checked the weather radar at 4.30 am and no showers were showing so off to the beach a little after 5.00am.
To our delight, the cloud was broken, breeze low, rain miles away and we settled down to enjoy one of natures freebies. Mind you, just off the beach 1500 people were paying a motza to view from the Dawn Princess.
There were two or three thousand people on 4 Mile beach. Some had been at the night club all night and were a little worse for ware. One groggy voice said at the full eclipse that everyone should go skinny dipping. His size indicated that
The clouds gave a great sun rise which was accompanied by 'Here comes the sun' played on the local FM station.
he would not qualify for skinny and was reminded so by some wit in the croud.
Overall, it was a friendly family time on the beach - parents working hard to protect the children's eyes.
Our neighbour in the caravan park, visiting from Denmark (Is that now Australia North?) had made a couple of high quality filters for his camera, and loaned one to me. The results were pleaseing to say the least.
The experience at the full eclipse is wierd to say the least. Clouds probably influenced this. The sea in some photos at that point in time looked more like milo.
We enjoyed the morning - we hope you enjoy the pictures.
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