Archive for July, 2013

The strength of the wind

Hello again,

How are we all? Hope all is well. For all those living locally, are you enjoying the weather? Must admit, I fed up of a constant humidity and 80F but things look to be on the turn. Took some lovely scuddy cloud pictures last night…I was sure there was going to be an electrical storm any second it was so still and heavy, but no. Darn.

Anyway, you may recall that the end of the last blog I was going to post some images of an area I walk to on occasion that I visited after a windy night. I have taken pictures of the area before this but do you think I can find them? I think you will have to bear with me on this one and I shall describe things as best I can. The area was full of leafless but mature large trees the last time I visited…you might be able to gain an impression from the second image of the trees in the distance.

As I climbed over the style there was a heck of a mess to greet me, as a load of the trees that once were standing have now fallen. The first images I took were these two…I must admit this was a great shame to me as this tree, when it stood, had a great silhouette as you might be able to tell.

This tree must have made an almighty snapping sound when it fell over

This tree must have made an almighty snapping sound when it fell over

A second image from the other end of this tree showing the fact there is not a root system to be seen, so it didn't really have a chance in the wind

A second image from the other end of this tree showing the fact there is not a root system to be seen, so it didn’t really have a chance in the wind

However, once you look around at the other trees hat are still standing (just) you realise that it’s not going to be all that long until pretty much all of them may be lying flat as they are rotten and heavily damaged. By what and why I couldn’t say but I thought the image below gave a good impression of the state of the copse. I suspect the best way to describe the trees is “weather-beaten”.

I remember a Simpsons quote "chicks dig scars"...I bet this tree gets all the girls!

I remember a Simpsons quote “chicks dig scars”…I bet this tree gets all the girls!

Moving around, there was an awful lot more evidence of weak trees. In one instance, there was enough room for me to put a fair portion of my upper body into the lower part of one tree and take this image looking up towards the canopy! Some lovely colour and light in here but it felt a little wrong, as I was aware that this void should be full of wood.

Looking up to the canopy through a natural wooden chimney....

Looking up to the canopy through a natural wooden chimney….

Anyway, seeing I have depressed you all with pictures of tree death (even though it is, in a strange way, aesthetically pleasing) I thought I best finish off with a nice Spring picture of some lovely Primroses that appear on our bank every year which came out pretty well.

Less death and destruction, more prettiness! Some Primroses in the Spring sunshine

Less death and destruction, more prettiness! Some Primroses in the Spring sunshine

Sorry, quite a short one this week, but I have a week off so am spending time doing not all that much. I may even have the very first opportunity to wash my car after the stupid hot weather that mean it’s covered in flies and dust at the minute. I shall no doubt post again at some point, but again, feel free to comment and/or request if you wish…I think my next port of call was Llys-Y-Fran reservoir  on a sunny day, so you have that to look forward to.

See you soon….

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Spring is…well, springing

Greetings All

Before anyone says it, I know it’s summer but please remember that all the pictures I put on here are in retrospect because the SD card in my camera is blooming massive. However, some treats to come on that…even spotted some more noctilucent clouds the other night. Yay!

These are images from the local nature reserve and from the garden, I’m sure you can work out which is which and cover some springing Spring and the increase in decent weather we were getting and are still getting now. In fact, heard on the news that this is the longest period of sun in this area of the UK for 7 years. Nice. If you are not fair-skinned like me, then you pretty much have to hide from it. As well as this, the water in all the streams nearby is almost gone now, so no waterfall pictures for a short while.

Anyway, to the pictures. Firstly, some more of those grumpy, grumpy swans. Quite frequently the sequence of events of me with swans is

1) Ooh hello, aren’t you gorgeous?

2) No, I have no bread

3) Swan then swims away or bites me (that’s only happened once for those who are concerned)

Thankfully, these two were good enough to stick around for five minutes of fame, but didn’t seem to have any youngsters or chicks. Maybe they were early and had gone their own way already. Who knows.

Swans. A bit like seagulls...but prettier

Swans. A bit like seagulls…but prettier

Next is the content of our famous “Pembrokeshire Bank” that supports two massive trees and a myriad of wild flowers once Spring comes around and there is always a good load of Daffs and Snowdrops if the wind isn’t too high as this picture shows. It’s an annoyance from a strimming point of view for Dad, but it does look very good and I suspect you would need a small amount of high explosive or a tank to remove it!

One of the most popular symbols of Wales, with Snowdrops for company

One of the most popular symbols of Wales, with Snowdrops for company

Warming weather (well, kind of back in Spring) means some convection over the Preseli Hills and creates these spots of towering Cumulus clouds on occasion. If you go back there are further examples of these on the blog too but this was the most photogenic I caught. Nothing really comes of them, but I love the puffy shape and this one even seems to have a tail dragging off to the left….

Towering Cumulus doesn't really tower over Wales but I thought it looked nice

Towering Cumulus doesn’t really tower over Wales but I thought it looked nice

Those clearer days also bring on what? Yes, clearer evenings where I can finally get some sunset pictures in! Although technically not a sunset, this was a nice ‘scape as the waves in the Alto Cirrus really came through with the aid of my polariser. You’ll excuse the foreground but the houses of the estate along the way were hard to hide….

Although it was getting milder and clearing on the ground, it was still obviously cold and icy way up in the sky

Although it was getting milder and clearing on the ground, it was still obviously cold and icy way up in the sky

A close view of that intriguing wave in the high cloud now and I must admit that there was a teeny bit of an electronic fiddle here to deepen the blue for you so it would bring out the brush-stroke effect I love in them. I know it’s the wind pushing ice crystals about in reality, but that explanation always seems too scientific to me…where’s your romance?!

A deeper study of the Cirrus mentioned above...see what I mean by the Cosmic Paintbrush?

A deeper study of the Cirrus mentioned above…see what I mean by the Cosmic Paintbrush?

So there we are for a nother post, moe Spring pictures to come next time as well as the effects of a windy night on an area not so far from me that has been changed for good because of it. Thanks for keeping in touch…please feel to comment and/or request.

See you soon!

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