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Like buses…two posts at once!

Hello again

Well, no excuses from me. I thought that I’d have the opportunity to do a blog come the weekend but seems that I have become rather busy, so here I am again, with a blog which contains a few different bits and bobs in that I thought you may like. I have loads of pictures as I couldn’t choose which to post, so you could call it a bumper crop…excuse the pun.

Against my better nature, I have had to do a teeny bit on manipulation (mainly smoothing oput digital noise) on a few images. Honesty is the best policy but the results were rather good, so I’m hoping that you forgive me for it and congratulate my honesty. Or something. As I type this, about to add the images, I have had a very apt mp3 come on “Shakedown – At Night”…kind of fitting for the first batch of photos that were taken….at night.

Although I can’t remember the exact reason, it appears to be one of those times I just decided to take drive and it ended in Goodwick, next stop Rosslare, Ireland…well, Strumble Head first in a straight line, but that’s splitting hairs. I had the tripod, so thought I’d fiddle with some settings and see what happened….

A full moon and moondog over North Pembrokeshire

A full moon and moondog over North Pembrokeshire

As you can see, a full moon and small town (Old Fishguard) make for some good reflections and, I think it might be, a moondog on the thin cloud just below the moon. Same principle as a sun dog but at night. Nice capture. Further around the coast now, towards north Pembrokeshire and the old Fishguard Harbour…

No need for a flash when there is a full moon to provide all the light you need

No need for a flash when there is a full moon to provide all the light you need

The cloud was coming and going as you can see in the pictures as we had been having some heft showers that days it looks like but the trip was well rewarded in the end by a lunar halo. Check out this bad boy (as with all images, please click on them to see the full resolution versions, these are but large thumbnails)…

A lunar 22 degree halo...portent of bad weather?

A lunar 22 degree halo…portent of bad weather?

The technical term is actually a 22 degree halo but that is a bit of a mouthful. Incoming science!! Those who have stuck with me might have seen the solar (sun) version of this many posts back but both are formed the same way, light is refracted in millions of randomly oriented hexagonal ice crystals hanging way up high. In days of old, moon rings were are said to warn of approaching storms or bad weather. The reason was that, over time, people realised that they appear when the sky is covered by thin cirrus family clouds (like mares tales) that often come a few days before a large weather front. However, the same clouds can also occur entirely randomly, making a halo unreliable as a sign of bad weather.

On to clouds that are just pretty now, for no other reason that I liked the colour, shape and effect the still water in puddles had on the image. This was taken when it was VERY cold, so rather than water, these clouds are more likely ice….

Icy water in the air...icy water on the ground

Icy water in the air…icy water on the ground

Next, a cloud ray shadow, or rather as some in the weather spotting fraternity would call it, a “crown ray”. Reason being, as you can see below, the sun is directly behind a big thick cloud giving a shadow from behind that creates a crown, instead of the light coming through and creating the familiar crepuscular ray (have I lost any of you yet?!). Nice.

A very pretty golden "crown ray"

A very pretty golden “crown ray”

Now, further on in the year, one of those storm clouds that has a mix of clouds in it that creates weird colours, shadows and shapes. I love these. I have stuff like this on my PC as wallpapers as pictures of these kind of clouds make them look different from different angles every way you look at it if you were there in person. I don’t think that much came of this particular bumpy bit but it is a nice example…no prizes for storm chasing on this occasion though…

OK, so it's no masterpiece...but look carefully at the blues, greens and greys, not to mention the rays lighting the top

OK, so it’s no masterpiece…but look carefully at the blues, greens and greys, not to mention the rays lighting the top

Further on, more cold weather and the clouds created above the chimneys in Pembroke and Milford Haven where the refineries are located. No massive science here. As I am sure you are all aware, warm air rising into cold is going cause condensation, that’s what warm air does…same thing applies to aircraft engines, hence condensation trails. If it is nice and clear as well as still, you get a big lump of warm cloud sat there and, on these occasions, the said lump was quite photogenic. The first is taken looking towards Neyland at sunset one day….

A winter sunset over Neyland

A winter sunset over Neyland

The same few a little while later but if you look closely, you can see the separate streaks of condensing warm air as they create the cloud. On this occasion, all four chimneys at the new gas power station were puffing away…

So, it's pollution of sorts, but it is very pretty

So, it’s pollution of sorts, but it is very pretty

And last, but certainly not least is this purpley orange beast I spotted. It looks so alien in the blue sky with the thinner cloud around it, it’s easy to see how that, at a glance, people mistake these for UFOs. However, you’d have to be pretty silly to not realise this is a cloud.

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a UFO? No, it's a cloud!

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it a UFO? No, it’s a cloud!

Anyway, there we have it. I hope you enjoyed the night shots that I took and that you might take the time to pop a comment on if you did. Maybe you hated them and want me to skip on to my holiday in Germany or something. Go ahead, it’s free, vent your spleen, I shan’t take offence.

Until next time, thanks for dropping by.

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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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