Landscapes and Sunsets

Category for Landscapes and Sunsets

Billabong Pro 2011 Surfer

I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to go and take some surfing photos at the Billabong Pro 2011 surfing event.¬† This is my first of such photos and will be trying different types in the future. The man in the photo is Australia’s Mick Fanning. This event took place from July 14 – 24, 2011 in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This prestigious surfing event was staged at the Supertubes, the 300 metre stretch of coastline universally acknowledged as one of the planet’s top 10 high performance surf breaks.

Billabong Pro Surfer

Another shot of Mick Fanning

Billabong Pro Surfer

Eerie Red Moon

On June 15 2011 a Lunar Eclipse took place. This one was classified as a Central lunar eclipse which is defined as an eclipse where part of the moon passes through the center of the Earth’s shadow. These are the darkest eclipses and relatively rare. This was the first of two such eclipses in 2011. The second will occur on December 10, 2011. This was also the longest total lunar eclipse in 11 years.
A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. Earth always has a shadow, which is created by the Sun. On those rare occasions when the Moon, Earth and the Sun are all lined up just right, the Moon passes through this shadow. This would happen every full moon if the Moon orbited around the Earth in the same plane as the Earth orbits around the Sun. The Moons orbit, however, is tilted about 5 degrees above the Earth-Sun plane. This tilt itself, however, rotates, allowing eclipses to happen when the tilt of this plane lines up with the Earth-Sun plane, blocking sunlight.

The moon about one and a half hours before the start of the lunar eclipse.

Eerie Red Moon

The moon about 45 minutes after the start of the lunar eclipse.

Eerie Red Moon

The moon about 50 minutes after the start of the lunar eclipse.

Eerie Red Moon

The moon about 55 minutes after the start of the lunar eclipse.

Eerie Red Moon

This picture was taken exactly one hour after the start of the eclipse.

Eerie Red Moon

Lightning Strike

We recently had a pretty awesome thunder storm here in Port Elizabeth. This is something that does not occur that often in this area. This was a lucky shot I took after taking multiple shots in the one direction for over an hour.
Did You Know?
1. If you have wet clothes on, lightning will do you less harm
2. Lightning hits the Empire State Building (NY, USA) about 23 times a year
3. About 71% of all people struck by lightning survive. The fatal cases are usually the result of cardiac arrest. However, those who survive often suffer from serious health and psychological problems like loss of memory or sensitivity, insomnia, impaired hearing, or constant pain.
4. The chance to be killed by lightning is 1 in 2,000.000.

Lightning Strike