Quite a cold afternoon’s walk today; but the sun was up, the golfers were out, and so too were our local herons. I snapped this one just before sunset. He’s a Grey Heron (Aredea cinerea) and common in the UK. (I keep an eye out for the Blue Heron and super-rare Purple Heron, that
I took these photographs between 5.00 and 6.15 a.m., 10th December 2011, from the foothills above Los Angeles near Pasadena. Here’s the progression through to totality at around 6.05 a.m.
With a diameter of 120,000 kilometres and a bright reflective surface, Saturn is an unmissable object in the night sky right now. But at 1.3 billion kilometres away from us, it looks only a hundreth the size of the full moon. Which means the screen width of my Saturn video below represents one third of
Through a combination of photography and a creeping fascination with avian behaviour and taxonomy (thanks to my wife giving me Colin Tudge’s The Secret Life of Birds for my birthday) I think I’m turning into some sort of accidental ornithologist. Point being, you can expect the occasional photo-flavoured birdy post; and today – it’s woodpeckers!
It’s a good few years since I took a photograph through a telescope, so I thought I’d share my latest pics. The moon’s been presenting itself as a nice late evening target in our Westerly outlook this week, so that’s where I’m starting. These two are the best of the bunch from the last couple
There were literally a few seconds at sunrise this morning when the clouds stayed off long enough for me to catch this partial eclipse of the sun by the moon from a hilltop in Leicester, UK, at around 8.30. It clouded over completely within ten minutes – and is now snowing. Fewer clouds would have
Forget the turkey – RATS are the Christmas treat for this ravenous reynard. I caught this juvenile fox in the garden this Christmas Eve morning enjoying a little pre-lunch entertainment courtesy of an unfortunate rodent. Very similar to watching a cat play with a mouse. Here’s the series: Update 30/12/12 Foxy Fame Our star is
With snow now everywhere in the UK, it’s chilly enough to forget some of winter’s less obvious compensations – like the magnificent sunset I snapped this afternoon. Under these sort of cloud conditions, the intensity of the sun’s light is reduced but its image remains sharp. It may even be possible to see large sunspot
Not all of them, you understand. But here’s a few I’ve snapped in and around Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Francisco on visits over the year. NOTE: I”M RE-JIGGING THE SLIDE-SHOW RIGHT NOW. SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.