When the 1999 solar eclipse in Cornwall was rained off we vowed we'd see the next one wherever in the world it was, so it seemed a fabulous omen that the very next one passed right through Lee's home town of Lusaka, Zambia. (We intended to top the experience by getting married the day after, but the city council chose that week to go on strike, so it was not until the 27th that we tied the knot). So now you know why Chris was in the air above Harare a week or so earlier.
Luckily those glory-ous clouds had rolled away by the 21st and we had perfect seeing conditions for our first eclipse.
As the sky darkened, crescent-shaped sunbeams shone through the foliage and just before totality we were engulfed by waves of shadow bands too faint and fast-moving to photograph. Dogs started howling all over town and the birds made a mad dash for their nests.
Despite being overawed by the experience, we did manage to take a few photographs. This picture is scanned from a print and unprocessed apart from cropping the edges and removing the dirty marks from our first excited handling of the prints.
Tragically we have no negatives; Jes***s lost the lot.
Original image: Lusaka, Zambia, 21 June 2001, at about 2:12pm local * Scanned from a print
Camera: Canon AE-1, 500mm Tamron catadioptric lens
Photodesk processing: none
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