Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pony and Trap with Trailer

On our afternoon walk round the block I spotted a pony and trap in the distance:


As they grew nearer I could see it had an added trailer:



The driver stopped opposite us and we had a short chat.
The trap is original and he had made the trailer. It was its first outing:



The girls and Jack Russell looked really happy, thoroughly enjoying their trip out to the corner shop for ice creams:


It was good to see that passing drivers were being considerate and moving slowly giving the pony a wide berth. Also the pony was obviously used to traffic.

I was invited to have a ride. An offer I would have taken up if Penny had been at home but I wasn't sure how she would react being so close to a horse, or the Jack Russell.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday at the Flicks - Blue & Great Tits + Clouds


Blue and Great Tits are often seen eating from the bottom of the peanut feeders:

Another Toshiba X-Sports timelapse of clouds:

Toshiba Camileo X-Sports, 1 photo every 5 seconds. Total 1056 photos before the battery ran out. Processed as a video using free Mac app Zeitraffer then in the free version of Video Pad.   Soundtrack - royalty free music 'All Fall Down' from Purple Planet.

Have a great weekend observing all aspects of nature around you.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Coal Tit

I had removed the mixed seed feeder once there was enough natural food for the birds. Also it prevented the hoards of Starlings being able to scatter the seed all over the place. I put it back up on Tuesday and it wasn't long before it was in use. One of the first to arrive was a Coal Tit, the smallest of the tit family:



As it was visiting very frequently I imagine it was taking sunflower hearts to hide for later in the year. I have often watched them taking sunflower seeds and hiding them in cracks in old tree stumps or in the bark of trees.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lonely Flutter

On our early morning perambulation on Saturday I spotted this Brimstone butterfly resting in the middle of the footpath. I guess it was warming up in the rays of the rising Sun and stayed in place while I got the iPhone as close as I could:

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I only see those occasionally round here so it was an opportunity not to be missed.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Not Many to the Pension

Just as we reached the point where we cross the main village street a rather swish sporty car pulled up. We crossed over and I signalled to the driver that I would like to photograph it to which I received a thumbs up:



An immaculate Lotus exige. The range of models starts at £54,500 so I don't think my pension will stretch to owning many of those. In fact it probably wouldn't even stretch to insuring one. Top speed around 170mph, 0-60 in 3.8seconds. A bit on the speedy side for my reaction times these days.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Mystery - Guess What



A full house last week. Congratulations and virtual Midmarsh Gold Stars to Adrian, Bonnie, Wilma, Roy, The Weaver of Grass and Ragged Robin who all worked out that last week's mystery photo was a close view of a bunch (hand) of bananas:

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On to the new mystery photo
Guess What:

Please leave any guesses in the comments.
They will be revealed, along with the answer, next Monday.
No prizes. Just for fun and possibly a virtual Midmarsh Gold or Silver Star.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Furious Activity High and Low

With the sky looking pretty clear at times yesterday afternoon I decided to take a few shots of the Sun as I knew there should be a batch of active Sunspots visible:

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A reminder that you should never look directly at or try to photograph the Sun unless you use a solar filter designed for that purpose.

We had been 'promised' electrical storms would follow the recent high temperatures, which peaked here at 25C, and the forecasters were not wrong. This is a short video screen grab from the real time lightning maps at

Quite an active evening with up to 160 strikes per minute over the country. I have the map set up to show strikes up to one hour old. Newest are yellow and as time passes the colour darkens.

Each new lightning strike (cloud to cloud or cloud to ground) shows as a red circle, the white circles show the movement of the sound wave (thunder). The site covers many parts of the world not just the UK. I was relieved and disappointed that the storms were nowhere near me.

Relieved as Penny really hates the thunder and I'm not over keen on close lightning strikes. Disappointed as there was no photo opportunity and I have a lightning detector outside which hasn't had a chance to prove it works as yet. It can detect lightning from about 25 miles away and an indoor display shows the number of strikes and whether the storm is moving closer, overhead, or moving away. (Not that I need any electronics to tell me an electrical storm is overhead!)

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