Partial Solar Eclipse – June 2021

As so often seems to happen with celestial events, it was cloudy here today, but the clouds did break momentarily and I managed to take this photograph of the sun – not taken at the time of the maximum (for us this would have been around 20% of the sun covered), but not too long…

Bluebells in the Wychwood Forest

A photograph that was taken yesterday while walking the dog on a route that took in the edge of the Wychwood Forest (part of the Cornbury Park estate) – plenty of bluebells under the trees, but I particularly liked these dainty little white flowers along with the bluebells here, along side the path. #2021 #Cotswolds…

Cygnet on the River Windrush

A photograph that was taken while on a long circular walk from Swinbrook – part of this was along the river Windrush, where there was a swan on the river – beyond the next bend in the river was this cygnet – not far off fully grown from its size, but still showing the grey…

Orion Star Count

In the UK, The Countryside Charity (CPRE) is asking people to participate in the annual star count (Feb 6th-14th 2021) – this involves counting the stars with the naked eye within the main part of the Orion constellation to get an understanding of the level of light pollution across the country. Finally, after several nights…

Comet Neowise

This is Comet Neowise or, more officially, C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) – a retrograde comet – during July it is just visible with the naked-eye (not directly looking at it, you have to use averted vision due to the way ours eyes work) – better with binoculars and better still with a long exposure photograph! Neowise…

Sycamore Gap

Here is the tree at Sycamore Gap on Hadrian’s Wall Path – taken fairly late in the day, so now in shadow, but nicely silhouetted against the stunning blue sky! When the weather is good, it is really good! This tree and section of wall was made even more famous by being used in the…

Time to head home…

It’s been a while since I posted much on this site – I have continued to take photographs but not quite so often – here is the first of a few that were taken last year but not published. After a trip for a second look around Durham University with my daughter in September 2019,…

Wychwood Bluebells

Taken yesterday on a dog walk through part of the Wychwood Forest not far from home – such a nice sunny day for a long walk! Technical details: Fuji X-E1; 30mm(XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS); 1/200s@f5.6; ISO200 – handheld – post-processing in Luminar 4 and Lightroom – DSCF190620050310579

Lunar Eclipse – July 2019

I was thinking that I might not be able to see the lunar eclipse – there had been a fair amount of cloud when I went out at lunchtime.  Thankfully, while I was walking Sparky the dog, I could see that most of the eastern sky was clear!  I had seen details that the moon…

Peel Gap Tower

And here is the view from Peel Crag looking down on the Peel Gap Tower – apparently this tower was added after the wall was completed – it was built abutting the wall rather than recessed into it like other towers. Since this very brief trip, I found out that there was miletower a short…