Archive for February, 2014

More cheering up!

Hello All,

Thanks for dropping in again, much appreciated…seems I have a few regular fans (got some comments of late too) and for that I’m very thankful. It makes me want to come back and write more. I surpassed 100 posts the other day, so thanks for sticking with me.

Apologies for the gap again, I was away last week, but here I am back again. As the weather, it looked as though things were slowing up and settling down the other day but as I sit here, the house seems to rattle! I have never heard the wind whistle quite so much over a short period of time. This in mins, I decide to break out a nice cloudscape set with a lovely pink crepuscular ray finish. For those who don’t know what a crepuscular ray is a) where have you been, I’ve explained it before and b) you don’t know what you have been missing.

The pictures are all once again taken within a day, the first when I was out on my ex-bike (it’s been superceded by something a lot faster which means I have to wear lycra to increase the top speed…or something) last Summer.

A typical summer shot across the fields; it looks dark as I used a polarizer

A typical summer shot across the fields; it looks dark as I used a polarizer

Not a usual framing technique for this image but it was what was presented to me at the time and I think it worked quite well. May if I cropped out the tree branch it could have looked a little better, but you all know that I hate changing pictures for the sake of it looking good. Probably why this isn’t my job!

Windswept cirrus up high and some cumulus hiding the sun, nice picture!

Windswept cirrus up high and some cumulus hiding the sun, nice picture!

This is from one of my fave spots just down the road, a little later on in the day when things had started to cloud over properly and there was a rash of “popcorn” clouds (that is a term used in weather forecasting, if you don’t believe me, Google it!). You can see them creeping across in the middle of the image….

More very high cirrus here, a recurrent theme until later in the evening

More very high cirrus here, a recurrent theme until later in the evening

The popcorn is multiplying now! No matter, there are some lovely colours being cast by the shadows and such down by the treeline. I hear some people say a good sunset is a clear evening but to me that just boooooring. I much prefer these as there’s some substance, as well as often a myriad of colour and depth to what you see….

Pesky popcorn. But at this time of the day, it adds to the scene in my opinion

Pesky popcorn. But at this time of the day, it adds to the scene in my opinion

Another portrait image now, don’t do these too often as they are a pain to post. This concentrates on the popcorn clouds but also I got the exposure just right to ensure I had the colour in the clouds as well as the golden colours of the crops I was standing in. For those of the farming fraternity, I used the tractor tracks to get in, don’t worry, no trampling here!

Similar to the earlier image but rotated to get a bit more context in

Similar to the earlier image but rotated to get a bit more context in

And here we are, the best shot of the evening by far even though I took a good 20 or 30. This one is especially for one of my biggest fans who loves a good colourful sunset, she knows who she is and I hope it is enjoyed 🙂

This image is best seen BIG to enjoy it (left click). Or I can always send you the original if you fancy? Feel free to ask!

This image is best seen BIG to enjoy it (left click). Or I can always send you the original if you fancy? Feel free to ask!

One day the sun will return to this county, I’m sure of it! By this time of year, I’m usually out with the camera taking images of sunsets that interfere with dinner time. I know because I always used to be rushing around before or  after. This year, hardly a thing. There have been a few interesting clouds but I can only count the number of images this year in say the twenties or maybe thirties, which is probably what I’d take in one evening of a nice sunset.

Those of you who wish to grizzle about global warming, do so amongst yourselves, as I’m not a believer!

Well, on to the next subject for the next lot of pictures, I’m sure there will be something of interest for you as I remember I have a few optics and unusual clouds after the weather broke to show you, maybe even a towering cumulus or two if you are lucky. Keep stopping by, thanks again for the comments and suggestions, however I get them.

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Still it continues to blow and pour!

Hello everyone!

As I say above, still the weather is crappy in my part of the world, so I have dug out some nice pictures of the garden on sunnier days to keep you all occupied. It’s been a good six weeks since we have had proper sustained period of dry weather, let alone some sunshine. Some happenings have been quite exciting like this story about a bus driver and his possible poor decision; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-26008829.

I shan’t be unfair, there has been the odd dry day but certainly not enough to dry anything out, apart from portions of pavement or road! To be honest, I have forgotten what colour my car and bike are…I think I opted for a red car but can’t recall!

Anyway, onto the pictures as ever. We have a few clematis bushes in the garden and during the flowering season they always put on a good show. Not entirely sure if this will be stunted this year as they are all clinging to frames that are being battered by the wind and hail, but hopefully not….

The seeds head (the fluffy bits) are understandably referred to as "Old Mans Beard"

The seeds head (the fluffy bits) are understandably referred to as “Old Mans Beard”

Here we have another hoverfly on a shrub which has defied identification. It’s nice though and always comes out a lovely bushy pink colour so I shall now name it the pinky bushy bush (latin name, pinkus bushius maximus). There, I’m a scientist. Hooray! Remember, be friendly to hoverflys. When Summer does come, don’t be whacking them away thinking they’re wasps, they fight pests and ensure our gardens look good!

A hoverfly on my newly named shrub. Remember...big up the hoverfly!

A hoverfly on my newly named shrub. Remember…big up the hoverfly!

Now a vista of the suntrap corner around by the garage, with a very nicely placed bench for afternoon cups of tea. In fact, although it’s weird to think it now, the temperature gets pretty damn hot there on warm days and one of the plants (you might not be able to see it) is an olive tree! Mischief enjoys a good bask there on occasion….

Trees in leaf, blue skies and lovely small potted trees..it almost looks like a small part of the Algarve or something

Trees in leaf, blue skies and lovely small potted trees..it almost looks like a small part of the Algarve or something

Here’s another clematis, there are so many varieties I shan’t even try to look this up but out of the few we have in our garden, this is my favourite to photograph as the blooms are so large, up to the size of a saucer I’d say and the purple colour is very fetching.

A lovely deep purple clematis climbing on the garage

A lovely deep purple clematis climbing on the garage

Back to our old friend the honeysuckle. I think I mentioned it once in one of my hedgerow exploring trips but this one is tethered to the side of the garage near the purple clematis (well, it might not be now). Always good to spot butterflies when they are around on these blooms. It’s always nice to get a whiff of the flowers on a calm day too, one of those long-standing Summer memories.

Just along from the clematis, the long yellow trumpets of a climbing honeysuckle

Just along from the clematis, the long yellow trumpets of a climbing honeysuckle

Here he is again. The Mischief! he’s still not 100% after his tummy trouble of late but I honestly think (I’m no vet though) that the weather is really bringing him down like it is with everyone else. As you can see, he loves his time outside and if he is stuck in, he gets very cranky and tends to backchat and fidget a lot. Backchat I hear you ask…yes, we do talk to our cat. So what?!

Mischief hard at work measuring the length of one of our garden benches

Mischief hard at work measuring the length of one of our garden benches

As with all good things, the sunny weather comes to an end. I have a series of similar photos to this, but I chose to post this one as I recall the time I took it quite well. Spectacular it is not but I do remember that after the warmth and sun that we had been having, the even got very humid as this cloud rolled in. You know how people describe the air as close? This was one of those times, you could almost feel that the rain was just going to spontaneously appear in the air. Very weird but quite memorable.

In some stormchasing blogs I read, not sure if I'm right, but when a cloud like this moves in, I think it's called a "whales mouth"

In some stormchasing blogs I read, not sure if I’m right, but when a cloud like this moves in, I think it’s called a “whales mouth”

Well that’s your lot for this week. I have been having a look ahead as to what I’m posting next and there’s some goodies coming up, nice fair weather cirrus, sundogs, some lovely sunsets and a big dollop of asperatus as the weather properly broke over the house. As ever, I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoy taking them.

Until next time, appreciate you dropping by!

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