Starry, starry nights re­vealed in Deb­bie’s wake

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IF THERE was one up­side to al­most two weeks with­out power, Whit­sun­day res­i­dents said it was see­ing the stars.

Many of the re­gion’s peo­ple who had no run­ning wa­ter for a min­i­mum of four days and no elec­tric­ity for any­where from six days to over two weeks, took to so­cial me­dia to ex­press the flip side of the dis­com­fort they were suf­fer­ing.

Felic­ity Chap­man wrote that “TC Deb­bie and the en­su­ing lack of run­ning wa­ter (4 days) and elec­tric­ity (12 days) has made me ap­pre­ci­ate the sim­pler things in life and I ac­tu­ally en­joyed the peace and quiet of no TV (and) lap­top”.

“With­out the dense fo­liage sur­round­ing us any­more and the lack of light pol­lu­tion I can now see the stars, an in­cred­i­bly glo­ri­ous sight,” she wrote.

Whit­sun­day pho­tog­ra­pher Justin Heit­man, of JJ Pic­tures, took to the streets to doc­u­ment what it was like to view the night sky with­out “the city lights”.

He cap­tured a pho­to­graph of the Air­lie Beach main street il­lu­mi­nated by the pass­ing cars’ head­lights and some stun­ning shots from the Air­lie Beach fore­shore.

“I lit­er­ally wanted to get out and take a cou­ple of pho­tos with­out the light pol­lu­tion – it was amaz­ing to see how dark the area was with only the sounds of dis­tant gen­er­a­tors be­ing heard – but the stars were brighter than ever,” he said.

None­the­less, Mr Heit­man, like ev­ery­one else, was re­lieved to have his power re­turn.

“Ab­so­lutely – you can say that for sure. I was ready to charge the bat­ter­ies and go out and shoot for an­other day,” he said.


STUN­NING: The Air­lie Beach main street il­lu­mi­nated only by the lights of pass­ing cars and the stars.

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