November 15th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Today we leave Palm Cove and our view of the ocean and the sound of lapping waves and the sparkling, staccato sight of sunlight hitting moving water.

As I sit here eating a breakfast of tropical fruit, I fall into a state of reminiscence (as happens when things come to a conclusion). I’m thinking about time spent on Gili Air (Indonesia) and in Thailand – long, languorous beach stays during our year-long Asia trip, where nothing waited for us; there was no reason or plan to come back to anything. We were totally free, with an unwritten and open-ended future.

It’s a rare thing to be so truly living in the moment. I think maybe that feeling is one people try to reach through mediation. At various points in recent years I’ve tried to remember that feeling I obtained during that trip, but it’s a hard one to catch.

Now I know the sight and sound of the ocean, combined with a contemplative mood, will get me there.

Success is a blacked out sun!

November 13th, 2012 § 2 comments § permalink

AMAZING! The eclipse was beautiful. I had a tear in my eye when it was all over: the result of a primal emotional spot deep within that the sight of a blacked out sun is able to reach. It’s hypnotic and when the eclipse is all over, it’s hard to grasp a clear memory. Standing in the shadow, it’s as if time stops and all awareness around you melts away.

This eclipse was suspenseful all the way to totality. Massive clouds filled the sky all throughout first contact, but a clearing arrived just in time. While some whispy clouds did travel in front of the eclipse during totality, it wasn’t enough to obstruct the view.

I have chosen to not worry too much about photography during the event, since it’s only a few minutes long (this one was 2 minutes and 3 seconds). So, my snapshot doesn’t do the eclipse justice – there are amazing images of eclipses out there. Google one!







What We’ve Been Up To…

November 13th, 2012 § Comments Off on What We’ve Been Up To… § permalink

Mossman Gorge and rainforest




Great Barrier Reef


Making Friends with Kangaroos and Wallabies




A Visual Road Trip on Captain Cook Highway

November 13th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink





Not a bad spot to watch an eclipse…

November 10th, 2012 § 1 comment § permalink

Today would have been a great day for the eclipse, weather-wise. It’s our Morning #2, but given all the travel time to get here, it feels like we’ve been away from home much longer.

Morning #1 brought us gray, rain-bloated clouds and opaque sky — bad conditions for the TSE… but not quite the worst (that would be a full-fledged violent storm, which we experienced at sea during the “eclipse of the century” in 2009).

It’s Sunday now, and the eclipse is on Wednesday morning just after sunrise. The picture attached to this post was taken during the relative time period of totality.