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The eclipse

By Karuma1970
In November 2013 there was a total eclipse of the sun which began over the Atlantic and progressed across West Africa, into East Africa with the time of the totality getting ever shorter until it petered out over Northern Kenya. In Northern Uganda the eclipse could be seen from the field of the school I used to teach at in the early 70s. A friend of mine is a member of an astronomy group at U.C.L. so we ended up with the group of nearly 30 at the school most making measurements and taking readings. Various global celebrities of the time were just up the road.
The lead photo shows Bob who was so proud to be able to give the students a chance to look through his telescope.
The boys were given a lecture about eclipses in the newly restored main hall. My wife was totally relaxed as you see. Then the eclipse.
The main two photos of the eclipse were not taken by me because they needed equipment and filters I donít have.
After it was over this school which has been through so much including being taken over by the Lordís Resistance Army who kidnapped students, forced them to commit horrific crimes, destroyed many of the buildings at the school and lots more, treated their privileged guests to a surprise chicken dinner. Later we had a demonstration of traditional Acholi dancing.

ĎI only know the dances of our people..
My mother taught me
The beautiful dances of Acoli ..
You once saw me at the orak dance
The dance for youths
The dance of our peopleí


What a day!


Tags: Africa Eclipse School Uganda Astronomy Solar eclipse Portraits and people

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Badgerfred 15 39 Wales
9 Mar 2021 9:38AM
Super set Mike,
Fred.
af1 Plus
10 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2021 10:11AM
Thanks for sharing this memorable occasion nice shot of everyone..
dales Plus
7 13 Australia
9 Mar 2021 10:44AM
Excellent documentation of this wonderful event Mike, thanks for sharing to us , great memories to look back on.
Ian
9 Mar 2021 12:00PM
Thatís a great set of such a memorable day Mike. The eclipse images are brilliant. Love to see Jackie relaxing. 💕

Karen
IamDora 2 6 Canada
9 Mar 2021 12:29PM
What a fantastic set, the versions giving us a deeper understanding of your lead. The lead itself is spot on. I love the boy on the hard left, eager for his turn and Bob, beaming with pride on the hard right. No worries the actual eclipse is not yours - it adds to the whole story very well.

Normally I shortlist and do awards at the end of the day but this one is instant. Thank you so much for posting this.

Karuma1970 10 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2021 12:42PM

Quote:What a fantastic set, the versions giving us a deeper understanding of your lead. The lead itself is spot on. I love the boy on the hard left, eager for his turn and Bob, beaming with pride on the hard right. No worries the actual eclipse is not yours - it adds to the whole story very well.

Normally I shortlist and do awards at the end of the day but this one is instant. Thank you so much for posting this.



Thanks so much Dora.
The verse is from 'Song of Lawino' by Okot p'Bitek a long poetic monologue where a traditional Acholi woman bemoans the westernisation of her husband. He is Acholi himself and actually taught at Sam Baker School but quite a few years before I did.
boov 10 2 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2021 2:21PM
Great record of a wonderful day... super work
9 Mar 2021 4:04PM
Lovely images, interesting narrative

Joe Smile
9 Mar 2021 6:55PM
Super set Mike..Lin
richmowil Plus
14 505 3 England
9 Mar 2021 8:16PM
An excellent set of images to remind you of the event and the involvement of so may people clearly enjoying themselves whilst learning.
9 Mar 2021 11:50PM
What a great set of images and reporting, Mike. I am out of awards....

Peter
10 Mar 2021 8:49AM
Well these images tell a story. Really interesting set. Trying to remember where I was in 2013. I remember a previous one and it felt really eerie. Debs
gconant Plus
11 32 1 United States
11 Mar 2021 3:25AM
A brilliant and fascinating set Mike!!
The students seemed to be so engaged.

Glenn

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