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The last atmospheric post for a while…honest

Hello All

Firstly, thanks to the comments I have received of late from a certain few regulars. Small but encouraging. Thanks. Also, much appreciate those recent new followers. I now have 39. Does anyone looking fancy making it a nice round 40?!

Additionally, I have now found the need to create a Photobox account as I was approached by a colleague for a print of a photograph I was displaying at work (thanks to my bosses for that). So, again…it’s now nice and easy to digitally send an image to them and create it in whichever format you want; I shan’t ask too much over the cost of the item (alas, I am not made of money and need to eat) but I will charge a percentage as I did in this last case. What not browse the archives and see what you like or ask me for a theme?

Have a think about it. Which is more than I can do at the moment as we have had a rash of Eurofighters flying over us of late using the target range near Castlemartin. They might be very high, but when they climb on full power under the cloud and rain we have here now it sounds like they’re idling in the garden!

Oooh, I have just realised that there is a tenuous link to the first images I am posting. Super! The link is that the phenomena are both from contrails. Firstly, a contrail shadow. I made the image a bit obvious as to how these are caused..in this instance it is simply that the sun is at such a height from the horizon that the contrail is above and is casting a shadow on the higher cloud…

Slightly darkened to show contrast, a contrail shadow

Slightly darkened to show contrast, a contrail shadow

Secondly, another form of contrail shadow in a way. In this case the sun was right “on the nose” of the contrail, neither above or below and cast a shadow which, essentially, goes as far as the eye can see until the curvature of the earth eradicates it. The short way to describe it is the exact opposite point to the sun. Alas, my lens is not wide enough to capture a decent image but you get the idea…

Okay, so it's not spectacular, but when was the last time you saw a shadew this long?

Okay, so it’s not spectacular, but when was the last time you saw a shadew this long?

Can you feel your brains expanding with useless pub quiz knowledge? Eeeeexcellent. Next is something that you may have experienced through polarized sunglasses when glancing at clouds covering the sun or even seen in the same instance as this. Iridescence. Mr Wikipedia says that the explanation for this occasion is the presence of microscopic structures interfering with the light moving through this (frankly messy) spiders web….

This spider is either confused or rebuilding...that web is a mess!

This spider is either confused or rebuilding…that web is a mess!

Next, an older image that some of my Ceredigion readers may appreciate from a day when I was out in the hills from a blue sky filled with fair weather cloud to a weird, gloopy sunset I can’t really explain.

It’s nice to drive up into the hills now and again and you don’t have to travel too far off the road to experience a beautiful view of a classic shallow glacial gouge (I think) that has existed for many decades.

A view towards Cardigan from the Preseli Hills in old style B & W

A view towards Cardigan from the Preseli Hills in old style B & W

Upon my return, things had got a bit dull and dreary but once I had got in, I was noticing that there was a bit Asperatus around. Remember this? Although they can make the sky look dark and threatening, but they don’t always appear with or near rain, although I would say I have experienced that this is the case in about 3/4 of the time I have seen these clouds….

A deck of Asperatus. Might be rain again.

A deck of Asperatus. Might be rain again.

During the evening, things got a little darker and I had to lighten this image to make it viewable. For some reason I had fiddled with the exposure setting on my camera that meant it wasn’t easy to view on the PC.

Okay, this Asperatus means business. But wait...is it breaking up?

Okay, this Asperatus means business. But wait…is it breaking up?

However, after a few hours, things inexplicably cleared and presented me with a long-range view of a very strange sunset. Bear in mind it wasn’t quite this orange when I saw it (this is at full zoom and cropped) but what is that cloud?? Looks for all the world to be the son of Pileus, Asperatus and Lenticular. However, to the west I am fairly sure there’s nothing for Lenticular clouds to form over….unless this was just a freak?

I am still unsure as to this cloud but I am glad I saw it, as I haven't seen it since. Want a copy? I have plenty of images of this sunset!

I am still unsure as to this cloud but I am glad I saw it, as I haven’t seen it since. Want a copy? I have plenty of images of this sunset!

Let me know what you think if you fancy throwing your hat in the ring.

Ah yes, I nearly forgot. It’s that time again with regards the Weathernet calendar and the competition is open to hobby photographers such as myself. I have managed to put together around 20 images I think that are half decent. I believe that my father is going to view them with his independent eye and say whether they are worth submitting so…wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by, see you all soon. We are on to images of Belgium next, I promise. However, I will freely admit I will be splicing in some sunsets from before I went for colour as it rained a lot when I was there! Taa-raa.

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The breaking of the 2013 Summer drought (Part 1)

Hello everyone,

I hope that everyone is well. It’s all hectic here as ever with issues with my car (don’t ask) and such going on, so apologies if this post is a little later than you expected but there is a need to be here, there and everywhere at the moment!

Our weather is warming up as we speak; although it was raining steadily (but lightly) this morning, there is an increase in the brightness by the minute so I’m hopeful for another colourful sunset this evening or tomorrow. With the warming weather comes the jobs to be doing outside as well…the lawnmower sits eagerly awaiting the first lawn cut of the season as we speak!

There have been some heavy showers flying around of late and there were a few anvil clouds silhouetted last night that I managed to snap. Unfortunately they were way, way, away over the West towards Ireland so it’s not the best picture. Maybe Summer will bring some dramatic skies again?

Speaking of dramatic skies brings me nicely onto this post. I realised as I was going through all the images I wanted to post that there were way too many to put up in one tranche….if I did I could almost imagine heads hitting keyboards! So, I have popped a few of the images together and chosen a natural break in the day that I took them to stop before posting the colourful conclusion….intriguing. Probably not, but I hope you like it it all the same.

As an aside, this is one of those posts that all the images were taken in one day, just so you can get an idea of quite how massive the changes were in the cloud deck. Anyway, the day started with a run out to Fishguard where, on the return journey, there is one of my usual haunts near Wolfscastle that I pop into for a quick watery portrait…..

A view along the river near Wolfscastle, no Otters or Kingfishers today

A view along the river near Wolfscastle, no Otters or Kingfishers today

As you can see, although there isn’t a lack of water in the river due to the drought (this is direct from the Preseli Hills which are never all that dry for long as they are mainly boggy) but having been there a few times the drop in level was quite noticeable. Here there has been talk of the sighting of a family of otters; I bumped into a fisherman a while back who told me that once that he was growled at by one! I guess that was a warning to stay away from the fish!

This was the only wildlife that stayed still long enough for me to get a picture of..

This was the only wildlife that stayed still long enough for me to get a picture of..

 

Nothing doing on this occasion and I’m probably far too noisy as I walk although if you are lucky, you might scare a kingfisher away and see a flash of blue as they shoot up onto the bank to hide. As I travelled home, the sky became more overcast (those who visit often know that I spend quite a lot of time looking up) and the air grew heavier, so it appeared that the weather forecast for rain was right. However, the cloud was looking pretty evil by later afternoon…..

Nice tail of cloud off to the right there...closest I get to dramatic storms

Nice tail of cloud off to the right there…closest I get to dramatic storms

I took a quick snap of a nicely formed tailing cloud from a storm and thought that was that. I was wrong. This turned out to be an attack of Asperatus, one of the best looking sets of Asperatus I have seen. To find out more about this gorgeous type of cloud, I recommend using this link if you like pictures (http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/cloud-tags/asperatus/#p=1&t=cloud118&i=0) or this one (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undulatus_asperatus) if you wish to read about the decisions that need to be made to classify the cloud as a new type and how they come to be formed.

Look at that...you don't see a shape like that every day do you?!

Look at that…you don’t see a shape like that every day do you?!

I have seen these quite a few time since living in Pembrokeshire and they always seem to either precede or follow a long period of dry weather which is going to be “broken” by rain. Or at least that’s my experience. However, in my eyes the most important bit is the fact they look pretty awesome.

After the most dramatic shapes, things started to settle down

After the most dramatic shapes, things started to settle down

As I said, I took looooooads of pictures. I think I counted about 50 or 60 when i was going through the archive folder (all different shapes and shades so I had to choose a few good examples and hope these are OK).

A nice bit of orange from a previously blocked out sun creeping in here

A nice bit of orange from a previously blocked out sun creeping in here

By the time I had taken these last images, I thought that the clouds had passed us by and things would settle down to be a bit boring, flat and grey. Mischief was nearby, so he caught my attention instead…..

Although it looks as though he is eating the fence, I think it was a piece of grass that looked...a bit threatening

Although it looks as though he is eating the fence, I think it was a piece of grass that looked…a bit threatening

It’s hardly a flattering picture and I’m sure he wouldn’t thank me for posting images of his chunky little tummy for you all to see but he can’t argue!

Wandering back indoors, I considered that the photogenic nature of these clouds had dried up but it appeared that I was wrong, I was out down the road taking pictures until dark! Part 2 will come along shortly….those who like a bit more colour will enjoy it I’m sure.

In the meantime, thanks for bearing with me and hope you’ll pop back in a week or so for the finishing images. Tatty bye for now!

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Mobile phones can be cameras too

Hello All!

Well, judging by the activity of late, hello a couple of people. I know I haven’t posted for a while but this has mainly been due to days off and busyness at work, so my apologies for that.

Instead of raiding my camera this time, I decided to go a little out on a limb and post some pictures that I have taken from my phone as I have zipped around the county. These are mainly pictures that I have snapped early on in work during the recent icy winter we had but also some unusual stuff I hope that you may say…oooh, never seen that before.

Anyway to begin, a fairly standard sunset trip over to Newgale with one of the few times I was passing without my camera. Typically, there were some nice clouds about and things got nice towards the end but I managed to take a few snaps on the phone. Firstly this strange cloud moved over the beach….

A strange clooud looming over the beach in Newgale

A strange cloud looming over the beach in Newgale

Things settled after that into a nice normal sunset although it did stay just yellow like you see here, no pinks or reds this time so not great loss that I was just using the phone!

A good bright sunset, shame it was about 0C at the time of taking this!

A good bright sunset, shame it was about 0C at the time of taking this!

The next few pictures I took were on my very early starts when I was back and forth to Bridgend for work. If anyone looked at the videos I posted regards the snow, it was about this time I took the following. In the first instance, there was an ice halo around the sun; always amazing to see the sheer lack of reaction when you see these. After all, it’s not all that common but people don’t even bother to have a glance…in fact most looked at me taking pictures like I was mad.

Yes it's a bit blurry and covered in spots but it was taken through the window of a moving train on a phone. I'm not that good!

Yes it’s a bit blurry and covered in spots but it was taken through the window of a moving train on a phone. I’m not that good!

Moving on, it’s amazing what you can see when you look close enough. This ice was on the lid of a bin I was stood next too on the platform one morning.

A little forest of ice, soon to disappear in the sun

A little forest of ice, soon to disappear in the sun

Back to the beloved car, which has since moved on to the forecourt of my local Ford dealer as I now have the new one. Later on in the cold but the sun was still not that strong I parked up one morning to see the sun showing some lovely patterns in the frost on my roof. Again, look close enough and you can see lots of interesting stuff!

Frost feathers now lit by the sun that i didn't even notice getting in the car

Frost feathers now lit by the sun that i didn’t even notice getting in the car

Finally, this was an image a took on the way to the Aberystwyth office one day; the videos I posted of the waves on the sea front? This is the aftermath around the bandstand. You may be able to see a little bit of the steps to the beach just poking out but now all covered in sand and gravel. A pretty good illustration why you should never mess with the sea.

A partially swamped Bandstand in Aberystwyth...still, it makes beach access a bit easier if you hate steps!

A partially swamped Bandstand in Aberystwyth…still, it makes beach access a bit easier if you hate steps!

Talking of messing with the sea, I am doing just that tomorrow as the yacht is back in the water and I have been prodded into being crew again. Hopefully this time it won’t be quite as cold as the sun is higher, the days longer and not quite so wet. Maybe. You can never predict anything can you? I am reliably informed that this boat is faster (for faster, read smaller and harder to move around in/on) and there is a chance we may actually win something this year but that’s not really my aim, I enjoy the fresh air and the different perspective more.

Hope there was some interesting stuff that you hadn’t seen before as I said, thanks for dropping in, see you soon.

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..and now, the weather

Hello all,

A great British obsession, the weather. I think, personally, that the forecast is infinitely more interesting than the news programmes that come before it most days seeing our news is mainly pestilence, famine and war or a mixture of, most of which we are involved in.

It’s been quite a wet winter here in Wales, but apparently, we shouldn’t worry as it’s going to be drier over the next few days. But it’s going to get colder. Yay! I keep wanting to wash the car but not much point if it’s going to be sprayed with salt again as soon as I venture out!

Anyway, enough of my gibbering about cars, I should get these pictures up. These are just a few random ones from recent walks and I will confess that I have smoothed them all for your viewing pleasure as there is quite a lot of cloud that doesn’t focus very well when you take a snap! The first image was an interesting “stepped” cloud formation over the nearby refinery in Milford Haven that’s visible from a hill a short walk from where I live. Yes, it’s not pretty but it creates a bit of context.

I think a friend who visited this area referred to the stacks as "industrial beauty" especially at night, but I'm sure some would disagree

I think a friend who visited this area referred to the stacks as “industrial beauty” especially at night, but I’m sure some would disagree

Moving further down, I went on a few trips to Newgale and I think the next two images were only a day or so apart, just shows how different the sky can look in a short amount of time. In the first instance, you can see a towering storm cloud (I think I know the name but won’t embarrass myself by getting it wrong) that has been lit by the sun going down; a bit hazy and not as pretty as some I have seen but nice none the less, particularly in black and white as I have posted it here.

This towering cloud was too far away to give any rain but still looked imposing

This towering cloud was too far away to give any rain but still looked imposing

Moving on, same beach a few days later but a different set of sky and a different set of colours. Over to the left, you can see a few ships in the queue for the Haven deep water channel, probably dropping off some materials for the refining process. On stormy days I do feel sorry for them, bobbing around out there!

I do like a good set of sunrays, me

I do like a good set of sunrays, me

Finally, one of those famous squalls over the hills I quite often see just from the house. This one didn’t really amount to much, you can see some light rain on the left in the distance but the mix of colours from dark to light once again caught my eye, as it always does.

Been seeing quite a few of these this winter...makes the season seem very long!

Been seeing quite a few of these this winter…makes the season seem very long!

Looks to be a little brighter here today so I may try to just go down to Port Lion and explore the woods. This is if I get the tide right as if it’s high I have to take a long diversion instead of the direct approach along the beach. Here’s hoping for a little sun to make any pictures a bit brighter!

Stay tuned for the results in a few weeks following uploads…and don’t forget my YouTube channel, just search “Luke Johnson” and choose the channel search from the filters; the more views, the more videos I will post. Thanks!

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