Noctilucent Clouds on the solstice

I was awake at about 02:30 and decided to look out and see how dark it really is on the shortest night of the year. I was very pleased to see these clouds which I first of all photographed and took a short video using my mobile phone.
This is the video from the phone:

I soon decided they were not good enough pictures, so I grabbed my Nikon D40X but it wouldn’t take a picture! That was because the SD card was not in the camera, so after rectifying that I took a few more images:

The clouds were due North and the sun was about 12 degrees below the horizon in Astronomical twilight.

To find out more about Noctilucent Clouds see Wikipedia.

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

On 15th May 2018, we drove to the Shropshire hills with two friends, we parked in the car park and after the appropriate hot beverage set off along Carding Mill Valley. We turned off the main route to take in the Lightspout waterfall, climbing up to Mott’s road, where we stopped for a picnic, enjoying the wonderful views.

We then descended following the Burway track back to the car.

Here are some of the photos:

Corfu 2018 Flora & Fauna

Corfu has an abundance of birds and wildlife, the island is rich in trees, plants, flowers and natural beauty, much of which seems to be overlooked by most of the tourists. As a teenager, I loved reading the book, My family and other animals, by Gerald Durrell, his love and passion for the creatures and people of Corfu has had an enduring effect on me.

Here are some of the best pictures, some of the flowers were cultivated in pots.