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Summer storminess and a Preseli wander (Part 2)

Well, here we are back again.

The summer storminess pictures have gone and we are, as promised on to the Preseli wildlife and landscape images. As I have said, look close enough and you can see lots of interesting things either flying around or crawling around on the ground. I quite often find that I’m distracted by rustling in a bush as I watch a sunset and have seen some interesting bugs!

On this occasion as you might be able to tell, things kind of came to me! Just off the road, up a not so well-worn trail it doesn’t take long to find that there is ages old lichen enjoying the sun. I’m sure it’s not as old of the types you find in the Arctic that grows at a millimetre a century or something but I bet this patch has seen a bit of history…..

One of the slowest growing plants in the world I believe. Not this particular one, but as a species.

One of the slowest growing plants in the world I believe. Not this particular one, but as a species.

Just up the way, a patch of Gorse was attracting flies and bees (which all flew away as I approached of course). Now, Mr Wikipedia states that this is evergreen and has small tough leaves to grow in dry conditions. Dry? In West Wales? No. I consider it is probably to avoid being nibbled by pesky sheep and wild ponies. Apparently it also has a distinct coconut smell but this can be experienced in different strengths by different people. I’d say I’m probably on the weak end of that scale as I couldn’t smell a thing….

Oooooh, thorny...and very yellow

Oooooh, thorny…and very yellow

Now, the star of the show. Found this little fella just along from a pool of water on a rock warming his wings. I was able to sit next to him for a good 15 minutes as I thougth I’d just be able to take a quick snap before he scooted off but no, it seems he was happy just keeping a beady compound eye on me and I got some lovely close-ups.

I think he is yellow-ringed dragonfly. Lovely!

I think he is yellow-ringed dragonfly. Lovely!

Along from this little guy was probably his previous home or at least a home to something, judging by the activity back and forth at the bottom of the pool! It’s a shame I didn’t take a video, it was like rush hour down there. Some of the best water going in this pool, filtered through the rocks for god knows how long. I would bottle it if it wasn’t for the extra protein you’d receive in little critters at the bottom!

Difficult to see but this pool was busy...easier to see that I accidentally caught some nice surface tension from the grass

Difficult to see but this pool was busy…easier to see that I accidentally caught some nice surface tension from the grass

Just a wider angle of the above image for a bit of context here. Lucky sheep drinking this clear water!

With pools like this you now realise why waterproof boots are a must when walking up here!

With pools like this you now realise why waterproof boots are a must when walking up here!

As i got to the top of the hill, the landscape was such that it was a case of having to take a quick shot. Lovely farm in the distance, at this time of year anyhow. In the winter with the gales, not so much. On the upper left you can see a cairn that is just above Newport/Fishguard…further on into the distance you can see what looks like haze but that is actually the Irish Sea. if you stood here long enough you would see the ferry plying its trade eventually.

View towards the Irish Sea from the Lower Preselis

View towards the Irish Sea from the Lower Preselis

Last but not least…cut little horsies! Aren’t they gorgeous?! I was presuming they are a family group with Mum busily munching away there too. Me being an animal person, it was hard not to go over and pet them but being semi-wild they aren’t very trusting of people; I imagine this is probably a good thing, as there is always some unkind or stupid person with a dog off a lead or unruly kids that might hurt of frighten them. Awwwwww.

You can almost hear the grey horse badgering the other sibling.....play with me!

You can almost hear the grey horse badgering the other sibling…..play with me!

Well, there is part 2 dealt with. I expect I will be back to my usual weather pictures as of next time. There were a lot of interesting clouds about last year though to be fair. Pity me…I’m obsessed! However, i shall mix it up a bit soon as I have some pictures from a recent holiday to Belgium to post. Going all European I am!

Thanks for dropping in and stay tuned…appreciate all the views (new record of 21 in a day of late!) and please feel free to comment as ever. Ta-ta for now!

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Summer storminess and a Preseli wander (Part 1)

Hello again!

You know that promise I made at the end of the last blog. Hmmm….well, I am kind of sticking to it but stretching things a little as there were some good images of “explosive” cumulus clouds at the end of Summer and there were some nice colourful images one evening that I just had to share! sorry about that…but, stick with it.

I have more of the Preseli Hills to share in Part 2 of this post…I couldn’t cram everything I wanted to into just one post.

Anyway, before we continue, a little shout out to the poor disillusioned soul who parked in Haverfordwest today where I work and decided that, upon receipt of a parking ticket for not paying, they’d put it on my car instead. I can only imagine that this is because their outlook on life is that of an ostrich. If they had an ounce of sense, they would know that not only are the details of the vehicle recorded inside a sealed bag (I don’t drive a black BMW) but also that ignoring stuff like this just makes it worse as in a while, the owner will be found (they record the tax number and such) and pay many times more than the original fine due to costs of bailiffs etc. What is wrong with people?!  Well, wherever you are, Mr/Miss/Ms/Mrs BMW driver with loose moral fibre, spend the money you think you saved by dishonestly trying to palm your ticket off onto me wisely and quickly, it’ll cost you more soon!!

Rant over and on to the pictures….my favourite part. Firstly, a collection of layered clouds I can’t quite find the name for. To me they look like flattened Asperatus but I am sure this is wrong. Shame the sun wasn’t shining on them to pick up the details a little more.

Flattened Asperatus...long Lenticular clouds? Who knows!

Flattened Asperatus…long Lenticular clouds? Who knows!

Onto the most impressive and most quickly formed clouds I have seen of an evening in a summer here. During the day, they were scattered showers all over but as the day came to an end, little puffs of Cumulus started appearing all over so I nipped off on my bicycle to catch the best angle I could. In the first instance, a shot from the house…..

I spy with my little eye a big Cumulus cloud

I spy with my little eye a big Cumulus cloud

After this and in the opposite direction (the previous image was towards the east), there was some very colourful wisps building in height over the refinery. I stuck around in this field for some time as I could see that there would be some nice colours from these….

Quite how many different types of cloud are in here I'm unsure but it was lovely to behold

Quite how many different types of cloud are in here I’m unsure but it was lovely to behold

Back towards the east, another big puffy Cumulus. Lovely. I know, I know, this is nothing compared to the storm chasing you may see across Nebraska and Kansas on the TV but for here, it’s pretty impressive…especially since when I arrived a short while earlier there was nothing there! Dare I say that there is a very nice structure to it? Sounds a bit sad doesn’t it. Sorry.

Nice blue sky, Cirrus, Cumulus and crops just outside Rosemarket

Nice blue sky, Cirrus, Cumulus and crops just outside Rosemarket

Alas, these puffs of bubbliness didn’t last too long and didn’t come to much (at least not that I could see as they were too low to see and rain and such) so I moved on to one of my usual haunts where the last light of the day was making for a nice colourful skyscape…

Okay, so it's mainly condensation from the refinery but I'd give it an Honourable Mention

Okay, so it’s mainly condensation from the refinery but I’d give it an Honourable Mention

Well, that is the cloud based images done. I promised some landscapes from the Preseli Hills and here we are. Some time during Summer this year I must go up and experiment with some astrophotography now I have downloaded some instructions on how to do it. My usual method of trial and error was not wielding any decent results at all. Keep you eyes peeled for that stuff anyway and me celebrating a good session. Until then, there are a few nice open landscapes to enjoy….

A summers day in the Preselis. Imagine a picnic here...go on, it's worth a visit!

A Summer’s day in the Preselis. Imagine a picnic here…go on, it’s worth a visit!

Lovely day when I popped up, blue skies, not much wind and the green grass and grey “bluestone” contrasted very well as you can see. Further on in the set, there will be more structured remains that you may enjoy. All this walking distance from the main Cardigan to Haverfordwest road. Which, incidentally is a blast in my car….Officer 🙂

Blue sky...blue stone. Looking towards Cardigan across the Hills

Blue sky…blue stone. Looking towards Cardigan across the Hills

Last image for this part now which shows one of the greatest shames of the Hills. I think so anyway. At the top of the hill on the right, you can see a yellowy scar where once stood a large copse/forest of pine. These have been harvested and boy, do the trucks and trailers make a mess. Such a shame. I realise that this type of product is a cash crop but this area is a National Park; it seems at odds with the rest of the landscape (which is grazed or boggy).

A wider view of the previous image looking towards Cardigan; ignore the scar top right!

A wider view of the previous image looking towards Cardigan; ignore the scar top right!

Anyway, I think I have levelled my opinion way too much in this post so I shall give you all a rest. Next time, I shall show you some of the more interesting wildlife that I encountered in my short wander. No, it’s not a cloud. Cynical lot.

As ever, I much appreciate you dropping in and encourage comments, criticism or random facts about any of the things I have spoken about; I shall pop the other images up in the next week or so. In the meantime, have a good week whatever you are up to. Ta-ra!

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