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…

Climb to Peel Crag

Here we are in Peel Gap next to the remains of Peel Gap Tower – the climb up to Peel Crag and Steel Rig is rather steep (almost feels like rock climbing in places – good exercise!) – the path goes out of shot before the lower wall and then passes through Hadrian’s Wall at…

Flowing River Tyne

  A slightly more abstract photograph today of the River Tyne at Corbridge – taken from the bridge over the river with a slow shutter speed to allow the water to ‘move’ rather than be caught in an instant – the river is quite wide and shallow at this point, but stones appear to have…

God rays!

Technically crepuscular rays, but photographers know them as God rays, where shafts of light radiate from the sun through clouds and can be seen against darker clouds in the background – and this is a nice example taken near the Mithraeum Temple ruins and Milecastle 31 on a recent (short) visit to Hadrian’s Wall on…

Hadrian’s Wall

This is a very small part of Hadrian’s Wall – taken above Peel Crags from south of the wall, looking east – The water of Crag Lough is just visible in the middle distance. The wall was 73 miles long, stretching from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend on the River Tyne – There were milecastles (not exactly…