A dark Sun
hung over Queensland, Australia on Wednesday morning
during a much anticipated
total solar eclipse.
Storm clouds threatened to spoil the
view along the northern coast, but minutes before
totality the clouds parted.
Streaming past the Moon's edge, the last direct rays
of sunlight produced a gorgeous
diamond ring effect in this scene
from Ellis Beach between Cairns and Port Douglas.
Winking out in a moment, the
diamond didn't last forever though.
The area was plunged into darkness
for nearly 2 minutes as the
swept off shore toward Australia's
Barrier Reef and out into the southern Pacific.
Ranging from 1/4000 to 1/15 seconds long, five separate exposures
were blended in the image to create a presentation similar
to the breathtaking
visual experience of the eclipse.