I took a bit of a gamble last week, nipping up to Aberdeen from Brighton to catch the eclipse...
Picking up my friend Olly and with a few extra stops along the way, we drove to Balmedie Beach which is on the east coast of Scotland, just slightly north of Aberdeen. On Friday that unstable Scottish weather was on our side, with plenty of breaks in the cloud.
Budget eclipse viewing: holding a colander up to the sun helped to track the progress of the moon
We figured out that we could also track progress by watching the camera lens flare (looking at the digital screen of course, not through the viewer)...
Close up of lens flare - J.J. Abrams would be proud
9.38am: maximum coverage
This is my favorite shot, with the lens flare showing the maximum coverage
The price we paid for these great views was getting caught out in the open during a very cold, sudden rain shower...
When the sky rapidly cleared once more, I had wander around the sand dunes, seeing what I could turn up...
Quite like the landscape in the Ian Banks novel Wasp Factory, but no sign of any Scottish teenagers blowing up wasps here.
I think this is a Peltigera species of lichen, possibly Mat Felt (Peltigera malacea)
Dunnock singing lustily from the Gorse
Great Black-backed Gull
I also had a quick sift in the sand for some invertebrates...
I think this is Ero cambridgei, will need to get it checked
Some medium-sized ants in the dunes... no idea what they are
This wolf spider is a bit of a dune specialist - Arctosa perita
...and remember folks, its important to have all the right gear when viewing an eclipse.