Watching the sky

 

Just a brief post to talk about what I saw in sky this morning.  A friend sent me a link about a celestial event taking place in our skies at the moment.  Well actually there are two events: one, the its Aquariid meteor shower and, two, the Comet Swan.  This is the biggest comet we have had for some time and as it is unlikely to visit again for a few thousand years, I thought I’d get up and have a look.

After a restless night, I dragged myself out and down to the beach.  There are few street lights in the village and so light pollution was never going to be an issue.

I set up the gear and watched and waited.  At around 5:00am I noticed a fast moving light in the sky.  Thinking that its was a satellite I aimed the camera around to pick up a shot.  It was then that I noticed another, and another, and another.  Pretty soon there were around ten or more all following the same trajectory across the heavens.  Too high and fast for a plane, but too low to be on the same altitude as the space station.

To make it even more interesting, these lights seemed to just pop out of the night sky at exactly the same place like emerging from a worm hole in the sky.  WEIRD!!!

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Light lines that follow the path of the Space Ex satellites as they raced across the sky

By the time it was all over, there must have been almost fifty of these lights which headed north by north east and disappeared from view  far to the north.

As the sun began to taint the darkness of the sky with a dirty orange haze, the temperature dropped what seemed a dozen degrees.  The dawn arrives very slowly at the lower latitudes and the sky took on a golden hue at a snail pace while the cold began to seep into every joint.  I had decided to take a time lapse of the day’s awakening but as time dragged on I soon came to regret the decision.  My feet were the first to suffer as they quietly stopped letting me know they were still attached.  Next came the shins with feeling that a slight tap  with a hammer would shatter them like glass.  I took to jumping up and down on the sand until I noticed a watcher on the lookout above the beach, no doubt wondering if she should call for the men in white coats.

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The answer came later that day after talking with my son.  We ruled out planes and space stations and were reluctant to go down the road of UFO’s but with the lack of other evidence there were few other options.

Then a breakthrough in a post from a news outlet in South Carolina who had also seen a photo in a similar vein.  It turns out that Space Ex have a huge number of satellites racing around the world bringing us all a broadband service.  This morning they just happened across my patch of sky

www.foxcarolina.com/news/seeing-lights-in-the-sky-have-no-fear-the-spacex-starlink-satellites-are-visible-tonight/article_90fe24d6-7df7-11ea-bb71-43596173dadb.amp.html

 

 

Photo of the week – Australian Birdwing

Australian Birdwing
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On a recent trip to Cairns in North Queensland, I took a trip up to Kuranda in the hinterland behind Cairns. One of the attractions is the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary where thousands of these beautiful creatures flutter about a huge enclosure for the public’s pleasure.

This Australian Birdwing Butterfly is just one of many species that can be seen. The sanctuary offers education on the life cycle and habitat of butterflies as well as a breeding facility.

Have you been to the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary: what did you think of it. Please feel free to leave a comment below……..

Taking Time Out

After spending the last four years as a Trainer/Assessor, my voice has finally gone from a sexy growl to a downright rasp. Time then to take stock at what is important in the work/life balance and so have decided to tip the scales more in favour of the life scale. To that end, I have taken a few months off to rejuvenate and headed south to a little village on the NSW South Coast. I am house sitting for a relative who is away for a bit so it has worked out nicely.

Now I would tell you the name of the village but no one here is keen to see the crowds that exposure would bring. Suffice to say, it is a sleepy little village that somehow managed to survive the fires that ravaged this part of the coast earlier this summer. Surrounded by burned out National Parks, this village is nestled in a small oasis of bush where the native fauna and flora can recuperate peacefully as they rebuild their numbers. The fire ground is starting to show signs of life although there are many places where there seems to be little green showing through.

Waking early when there is little that needs urgent attention seems so much easier and, to make the most of the day, the lake calls for a spot of fishing. The choice here is to fish the shore, paddle the kayak about or perhaps take a surf caster to the ocean to try for a tailor or two.

The easy option is always fishing the lake shore where this morning it yielded two nice flathead; not big, but big enough for the pan.

Now it doesn’t come much fresher than hooked at 0730, on the barbecue at 0830, and eaten before 0900.

And so it would seem that the work balance is fading fast as an appealing option for this traveller. Maybe it is time to get serious about seeing what there is in this world. Please leave me a “Like” as that is what it takes to get a blog like this off the ground. Would love to hear comments you may have about your travel experiences.

Nature In Still Life

As evening draws in and a cool breeze ruffles the surface of the lake, the birds that make this lake their home make their way to safe havens for the night.  I spent a few hours emersed in nature in the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast and ended up here on the edge of the Baroon Pocket Dam as the night began to close in.

A lone duck makes a lonely flight across a windswept lake on its way to its evening roost