Friday, September 05, 2008

The Day That I Never Saw

Sunset Is Tuesday, But Sunrise Is Thursday

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Because there is a time difference of seventeen hours between Melbourne, where I live, and Canada's northern reaches, where I spent the last week at the invitation of Yukon Tourism, the subtlety of the International Date Line can play tricks with us.

So when I flew to Canada midway through last week, I watched dawn break aboard a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney. Then, about fifteen hours later, I watched dawn break on the same day, just before I landed in Vancouver.

But while we gain a day flying to Canada, we lose a whole day on the way back to Australia. Stay with me through this one and I'll explain how.

I photographed the sunset on Tuesday, 2nd September, halfway through my Air Canada Jazz flight AC 8448 from Whitehorse to Vancouver. Then I photographed the sun coming up the next morning, at cruising altitude aboard my Air Canada flight AC 033 from Vancouver to Sydney.


But the sunrise was the start of Thursday, 4 September. Yup, that's right. When you fly from Canada (or the US) to Australia, you lose an entire day. Gone. Disappeared. Never happened.

For the two sunset shots at the top of this post, I was actually sitting on the left of the aircraft, when I noticed the colours spreading across the sky to my right. Luckily there were a few spare seats aboard the flight, so I was able to get my camera and move to a window seat on the other side.

At around the same time, we hit a patch of turbulence and as I was trying to hold my camera steady, the "fasten seatbelt" sign came on, so my photo session came to an abrupt halt.


The next morning (above) I was sitting on the right of the Air Canada Boeing 777 non-stop from Vancouver to Sydney, so I was able to take as many shots as I wanted, as the sun rose above the Australian outback.

But I still can't account for that missing day between sunset and sunrise!


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55 comments:

mrsnesbitt said...

AWesome David, right before your very eyes.

Great stuff!

Deb said...

The concept of time is difficult for me to wrap my brain around. One of the most confusing, yet interesting books I've ever read was 'The Time Traveler's Wife' ~ I really had to think hard as I read it! No matter what day it was ~ great pictures!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I particularly *love* the shot of the "over-the-Outback" sunrise on the wing!

Don't fret too much about the "lost" day. Calendar dates are an invention, anyway. :)

Thanks for sharing your trip home with us.

Jules~ said...

Those missing time zones sure can play tricks with a person.When our youngest was born in Okinawa it was the 31st...but when we called the grandparents in the states....it was the 30th.

Those are really nice pictures. Sky pictures from a plane can be so amazing. A few years back my hubby and I were on a night flight and saw a unique moon shot. It was below us and looked like a ball of fire from the reflection of the sun. We as well as everyone around us were conviced we were seeing the beginning of a forest fire.

diXymiss said...

Lovely shots ~ almost a surreal quality. The whole time travel thing is a mind bender!

Katney said...

I have lost those days twice, once on our journey to Siberia, and the other time when I traveled to India.

On both occasions it happened to be my birthday.

I therefore, am two years younger than I am.

Daryl said...

And so you havent aged at all this week .. all you gained you lost which leaves you at the negative .. which is a positive thing.

:-Daryl

Maggie May said...

It is a bit hard to get your head round! Still you know what date you set out and what date you got back, so it must have been lost somehow.

Picturing of Life said...

GORGEOUS shots :D

Please drop at my SWF post also: in here and here Thanks

RiverPoet said...

Does that mean you're a day younger? Maybe you should pose the question to Stephen Hawking? :-)

Peace and welcome home - D

RuneE said...

You today is my tomorrow while at the same time being the Canadian's yesterday. Only you switched it all around - both ways. It is that simple ;-)

the teach said...

David, something similar happened to us when we flew to Australia from the East Coast of the U.S. years back... Your photos are exquisite! Happy Skywatch Friday! :)

Petunia said...

WOW! Nice shots! I have aitplane in my photo today too, but you need a magnifying glass to see it;)

Petunia's SWF post

Millennium Housewife said...

There's a whole novel in that, so many options about what you did with that day, or could have done. Beautiful photography. MH

imac said...

Did you feel younger tnen older David??

MamaGeek said...

That is simply breathtaking. Nature is just so GRAND.

leslie said...

Well, you should be glad that you made it home in one piece, after almost losing it ALL to that grizzly! lol Maybe you left your heart in the Yukon?

Merisi said...

How time flies!
Or not. ;-)

Wonderful shots,
incredible colours!

CrazyCath said...

I always fancied seeing dawn in two places for the same day. Fascinating.

It must be very strange and disorientating to lose a whole day...
Welcome home btw.

imbeingheldhostage said...

Oh I hate when the pilot and his fasten seat belt sign intrudes on photo time.

This concept almost hurt my brain. I was reading the title and trying to imagine how you can photograph something you haven't seen.
Hilarious comment from Merisi!

Corey~living and loving said...

great post! loved it. the photos are spectacular. :)

Sandi McBride said...

I can't explain why, but I love to fly...and it's the views from the plane that I love best...when I was younger and broken bones healed better, I was a maverick...I loved all the exciting dangerous things...then God gave me brains along with my first child! Glad to see you home again, as I'm sure your family is! What did Mrs. Authorblog have to say about the bear adventure?
Lovely photos, as usual...made me jealous of the flight, tho!
Sandi

Tammy said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!!!

Dogwood Daze said...

You quantum leaped! Love the colors in these.

Norm said...

You have a super fabulous set of photos, very colorful and beautiful..

Rhea said...

You're baking my noodle, David.

Bradley Myers said...

Very nice photos and colors for sky watch.

Sandra Ree said...

Breathtaking!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Again Stunning what a trip you had and the beauty you saw our brains can't retain it all I am so glad we have cameras

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Lucky you! Your plain-shots are just awesome!

Lee said...

Amazing sky shots, David! You've managed to capture most colors of the rainbow in these shots.

The lost day makes a good story to tell at gatherings.

Rest well, recuperate, and I'm glad you're back home safe and sound!

Cheers!

Kimmy said...

Cool pictures David!

We are traveling to Europe in a few weeks and the time change always confuses my children!

Take care!

Kimmy

Rebecca said...

So very cool! :)

Sara G said...

Very very pretty pictures. Mine are from an airplane this week too!
Take care

babooshka said...

An artist has invaded your skywatch and run amok with his palette. These are simply outstanding and otherwordly

Kathryn said...

Those shots are gorgeous!

Louise said...

First, these are fabulous sunrise/sunset pictures. My favorite is the last. And while I understand skipping a day, it would sort of bother me to lose a whole day of my life. OCD would be thinking of things I didn't get done that day!

Tommy V said...

great series of pictures for swf

Kelly said...

Awesome, stunning, gorgeous, fabulous....let's see...I can't even find any other words to properly convey the beauty of the series of photos that you have taken! Absolutely speechless!

lime said...

i think your weekend wandering needs to be....write an account for david's missing day. ;)

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, the colors in these are spectacular. There's nothing like having a great window seat ...or being able to move to one.
:-)

Sharon said...

Beautiful shots! The concept of time differences just boggle my mind :)

Jules said...

Now that I travel with kiddies and they get the window seats, I seem to miss these sites.
Thanks for sharing. Love the shots! And isn't it good to be home?

Annie said...

Ah, yes, the wonders of travelling to and from the US...I love it when I can leave here on a Friday morning, and cruise into JFK New York on Friday evening! That is the best! Of course I always celebrate my "lost" day on my return aboard the aircraft, then I am not lost anymore!

Ah yes, and the funniest thing was the last time I went from Brisbane to New York in June, my itinerary was actually printed with my LA-NY flight listed before the Brisbane -LA flight...cos officially I left LA before I left Brisbane...that was the best I have seen yet...haven't seen them print it like that before! Very funny, but very weird till I discovered what was going on!

Annie

ps Welcome home..have enjoyed your Yukon tours...

~~Randi~~ said...

I LOVE your photos! Stunning!

gaz said...

you've captured the colours beautifully in these shots.

John said...

Awesome captures!

Millennium Housewife said...

Thankyou for coming over to mine and leaving such a nice message. I'm intrigued about you new novel, but know better than to ask...It really was inspiring photography. Check out www.findhorn.org they have some beautiful shots of their community, and a new video to boot! MH

genny/entry here said...

That is a very nice shots David. Thanks for sharing.

Bear Naked said...

Beautiful, awesome photos.

Bear((( )))

Craver Vii said...

You lost a day?!! Did you try looking behind the couch or under the sofa cushions?

becky voyles said...

Beautiful shots as always and another amusing story.

Catherine said...

Stunning captures for sky watch!
What lovely hued skies! Sky pictures from a plane~amazing!
Happy sky~watching!
Cat

San said...

A couple of days I celebrated my birthday. Now I know where the years went--they were sucked into a vacuum at the International Dateline.

Your photos remind of sights I've seen when traveling by plane at sunset. Such visions help us realize how limited our everyday way of looking is.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

It's wild how you loose a day!
Your shots are amazing!