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:

Night visitor

The plants in the garden are springing up everywhere, after what has been a long cold winter. We have been working outside, pulling weeds up, cutting back dry grass to enjoy the numerous spring flowers. This year’s project is to clear the bottom of the garden and establish the border, large amounts of soil, hardcore and general rubbish has been piled up over many years.

John sorts the debris to take to the public tip and has been distributing the soil as mulch around the garden. We have a hollow in the lawn so John spent a morning removing the turf and filling the hollow with about 10 barrow loads of earth, then treading it down, he then replaced the grass.

We noticed that some mornings there was evidence that the replaced turf was being disturbed. We were interested in finding out what was visiting our garden at night so we decided to buy a trail camera similar to this:

The camera arrived on Saturday, so that evening with no experience, we set it up. The next morning we looked at the SD card with great excitement the camera had captured something!  We viewed the image to see the tips of a Siamese seal point cat’s ears as Rio walked down the path.

We realised our mistake so the next night we set the camera to view the ground, in the morning we had captured a video of a blackbird hopping around the lawn.

So last night we checked the batteries, reset the camera and this morning it had recorded this….