Posted by: willdowning | 28/09/2014

Is this Irony?

Or really intelligent or both?

Or really intelligent or both?

Is this Irony? Really intelligent? or Both?

Posted by: willdowning | 09/09/2014

Dusk Approaches

But the next day was glorious.

But the next day was glorious.

Dusk approaches at the end of a cloudy and murky day in Scotland. But, the next day was glorious.

Posted by: willdowning | 08/09/2014

Tonight’s “Super Moon” / “Harvest Moon”

Harvest Moon at Lunar Perigee.

Harvest Moon at Lunar Perigee.

Tonight’s Full Moon happens to be once again at lunar perigee (the point the Moon is closest to earth in its orbit around us). This is the 3rd time this summer which is quite an unusual event in itself. When the Full Moon is at lunar perigee, it is given the name “Super Moon” or “Supermoon”. September’s “Super Moon” also coincides with this year’s Harvest Moon which can either occur in September or October depending on the Moon’s cycle and how close a Full Moon is to the autumnal equinox.

What is a Harvest Moon – Simply put. Farmers would use the Harvest Moon rise for several days around the time of the Full Moon closest to the autumnal equinox as the Moon rises at almost the same time for a number of nights in intermediate northern latitudes e.g. UK. This would give farmers more time to harvest their crops using the Moon’s light after sunset. Moot now as we have artificial lighting.

Technically the Moon doesn’t go full until 01.38 GMT (02.38 BST) on 9th September. The next “Super Moon” will be on 28th September 2015 which will coincide again with the Harvest Moon and will also be a lunar eclipse. So if there are any farmers using the light of next year’s Harvest Moon, they will be in for a shock.

I wanted to get a shot as the Moon was rising to give a context unfortunately it was cloudy so quickly shot the Moon as it appeared from behind thick cloud, however, there was still some thin cloud obscuring the Moon.

The Moon

The waxing moon. The prelude to tomorrow’s Harvest “full” moon. which is going to be another “Super Moon”. The Moon goes full at 01.38 GMT on 9th September.

Posted by: willdowning | 07/09/2014

Breitling Wing Walkers

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The Breitling Wing Walkers at this year’s Blackpool Air Show.

Posted by: willdowning | 05/09/2014

York Side Street – Black & White

York Minster in the background

York Minster in the background

A photograph of a York side street in black and white, leading to the Minster.

Posted by: willdowning | 29/08/2014

The Typhoon and the Reds

The Typhoon

The Typhoon

The Reds

The Reds

The Red Arrows flying out of the gloom and a close up of the Typhoon fighter jet.

Posted by: willdowning | 21/08/2014

Whalley Abbey Arch

Black and White

Black and White

Whalley Abbey Arch

Posted by: willdowning | 13/08/2014

Red Arrows 50th Display Season

Red Arrows on 10th August 2014

Red Arrows on 10th August 2014

2014 marks the 50th display season for the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows. The Red Arrows first official display was on 6th May 1965 at a media event at RAF Little Rissington in Gloucestershire, England.

I hear you say that’s only 49 years ago and you’d be right. RAF tradition is that it is the number of display seasons, rather than the Team’s anniversary or formation, therefore it is being marked this year in 2014. So. Happy 50th Display Season to the Red Arrows.

Posted by: willdowning | 03/08/2014

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stonecircle

Taken just before sunset on a spring evening.

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