Perching on the iron fence by the Lower Lake at Nostell, a carrion crow is struggling to extract the sweet chestnut nuts from their spiky green casings. Two of the spiny husks have become firmly Velcroed together. The experts at nut gathering are the grey squirrels. They are so intent on burying their cache that you can walk […]
With high atmospheric pressure giving us a prolonged period of hot weather, it’s a good time to calibrate our barometer, something that I’ve never got around to doing since I inherited it from Barbara’s dad. According to the Met Office website, the pressure today should remain stable at 1020 millibars, which is equal to about […]
9.45 am, looking east, wind from south-west, 19°C: This altocumulus cloud has formed as a layer, so it is classified as stratiformis. The ripples mean that it’s also undulatus and, finally, because the sun is visible through the cloud, it’s translucidus. 10.30 am: Three-quarters of an hour later the sky has filled with stratocumulus. We don’t get thunderstorms but there […]
8 a.m.: Sunrise over Coxley Valley. The pond and the bird bath are frozen over. One of our neighbours is clinging to a gate post as she negotiates black ice on the pavement.
Sunrise this morning. We’ve had some wild weather with storms coming in from the Atlantic, but we’ve escaped the worst of them here.
10.15 a.m.: Wispy cirrus cloud is a sign of a change in the weather. Sure enough, twenty minutes later on our walk around the valley, we’re already seeing cumulus moving in from the west below it. As I write this, seven hours later at 5 p.m., the sky is completely overcast and we’ve had half an hour […]
After my weekend watercolour workshop, it’s hardly surprising that Monday morning starts with me seeing potential subjects as the sun melts away the fog. But we’re setting out with places to go and people to see, so I’m sketching indoors again today. The cushions provide me with a landscape in miniature. Through the top of a […]
Late afternoon and I pull in at the viewpoint to photograph the cloudscape as we cross the moor top between Hawes and Langstrothdale. “I think those clouds are caused by air rising as it moves over a hill,” I suggest to the man who has pulled in just behind us to photograph them on his […]
I set up the telescope in the last patch of afternoon sunlight on our back lawn and catch an image of Mercury mid-way through its transit across the Sun. This is the first time that I’ve seen Mercury: as we’re in a valley, we’re never well placed to see its brief appearances at dawn and dusk. I […]
We’re disappointed that, with a near total eclipse due at about 9.30 this morning, cloud is covering the eastern sky but we’ve located our eclipse glasses from 1999, so, with ten minutes or so to go, I try looking towards the bright patch in the bank of cloud. I’m astonished and delighted to see, in […]