Did you see the lunar eclipse last weekend? We were pretty tired but we set our alarm for 3am and went out to have a look. Very cool! The sky was clear, so we could see the Milky Way from our back yard. But that’s not really a sunset/sunrise (or dusk/dawn) adventure . . . so let’s see what everyone got up to for the September theme.
Allysse on the Thames
“When next I raised my eyes, the sun was disappearing behind the trees. Its flames were so bright I couldn’t stand to watch them for longer than a second, my vision turning into a white field. But it was difficult not too look. The orange glow was so compelling, its warmth drawing me in like a moth. I forced myself not to gaze directly at it, focusing my attention to the horizon behind the trees and the clouds above. Shades of orange and yellow had invaded the world. Everything was soft and mellow.”
Read Allysse’s full sunset microadventure post - and please watch her lovely video.
Gillian on Orkney
Gillian writes, “I visited Orkney for the first time this September. Sky filled with birds: flocks, clouds, skeins, murmurations: a chorus of calls on the wind. Fields populated with ancient mounds and circles of stones. Wonderfully welcoming and friendly people. My memory and my camera are filled with sunsets and standing stones!"
"Sunset over the Stones of Stenness on the evening of my 50th birthday: the perfect present. This may be the most ancient standing stone circle in the UK."
Dan and Jonathan in a cemetery
“Cemeteries are usually peaceful places and, as they’re often locked after dark, they’re probably quite safe. At least, that’s what I’d thought. But lying there swaddled in my bivvi bag, watching the very last wash of light fade through the trees, I heard a snatch of laughter. It suddenly occurred to me to wonder: what other sorts of people might want to sneak into a cemetery on a Saturday night?”
Read about our cemetery sleep out and listen to the dawn chorus.
Clare with the bats
"Microadventure challenge success!" writes Clare. She and her family snuck their microadventure in right on the line, going bat detecting on the last night of September. She adds, "I love the shot but the reality of it was up to my knees in nettles & horse manure. Oh how we suffer for our art!"
Read more about Clare's adventures on her blog.
Rhiarti on a plane
“At 40 years old, I’m almost embarrassed to admit I’ve never flown anywhere alone before,” writes Rhiarti. “Whatever comes next, it’ll be faced with the added confidence you gain in tackling a daunting task alone.”
Read Rhiarti’s full post and find another photo here.
Mags in Istanbul
"The microadventure for September was set! Capture or experience a sunrise and/or a sunset. There are moments when I am a morning person but more often than not I find myself sparing a few moments to take in the sunsets at the end of the day. I am going to let the pictures do the talking for this task. Enjoy!"
I've only included one of Mags' photos here, so click through to her post to see some more fantastic images.
Danni on a bike (well, train)
Danni went cycle touring in Victoria, Australia, with her friend Lian. "The tour is given in the book as 3 days: Ballarat to Clunes, Clunes to Daylesford and Daylesford to Ballarat. We wanted to be back in Melbourne for Saturday so we (stupidly) decided to do it in 2, one day of 80km and one of 50km." She caught the sunset on the train journey home.
Read more about their adventure on Danni's blog.
Dan going to work
Bonus entry from Dan. "The autumnal solstice has passed, and we are a month away from the clocks going back. The start of my commute coincides with sunrise. This is the view I get as I leave home in the morning and walk to the car."
Here's Dan's library blog.
October microadventure theme: explore the darkness
Thank you to Allysse, who chose the challenge for October: explore the darkness. It could be taking a walk at night, exploring a cave or tunnel, observing the night time wildlife, spending a night under the stars, trying to go all evening without a light source, attending a night time event, or even building a blanket fort.
It might be a bit hard to photograph this one, so why not take the chance to try a new way of documenting your adventures? Record night time sounds, do a painting, write a poem, draw a map of your walk or ride (no need to be geographically accurate!), create your own constellation diagrams . . . You're a creative bunch, so I'm sure you'll think of something!
Thanks to everyone who rose to the challenge in September (and/or August, July, June, May, April, March, February, January). I look forward to hearing about people's October adventures. If you write a blog post, please link it in the comments here or tweet it to me so I can add it to the next round-up. But remember, you don't have to do a full write up! You could just tweet or email me a couple of pics and/or a few sentences. Enjoy the darkness . . .
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