Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

The beauty of a chilly morning

February 6, 2016

I’m looking back to January and we did have some chilly mornings. For one of them, my weather station recorded minus 7.8 degrees Celsius which is really quite cold for this part of the world.

However, the morning shown here was less cold, but still a lovely crisp and chilly start to the day.

One of the things I always enjoy seeing is the mist rolling over the hills. There may not be much colour but I still see this as a really beautiful scene.


Yes, it really is a monochrome world but the trees display their grace and those in the know can make out features on the scarp slope of Salisbury Plain beyond.

Nearer at hand, and actually on my own field, there are sheep.

image004At the moment there is a flock of 25 sheep on my land. Once upon a time the sheep would have been mine, but I gave them up some 15 years ago. Now they belong to a friend. He does the hard work and I get the pleasure of seeing them and here’s a small group, finding something in the frost covered grass.

All those little humps? They are ant hills. Our soil is a bit acidic and is suited to these little hard working insects. They in their turn bring in bird life, happy to feed on them.

I do feel very lucky to have all this immediately outside my house.

Both pictures were taken from the bathroom window.

A good rainbow

August 24, 2015

I enjoy a good rainbow. But do you know, they used to cause ructions in our house.

My dad was a scientist and was keen that we all learned what made rainbows happen.

My sister, in that bolshie phase that teenage girls can go through griped about this.

“Why can’t you just accept they are pretty without having to go into the science?’ She used to say. She seemed to imply that the rainbow lost some of its magic if it was understood; that somehow the rainbow was less beautiful for having knowledge and understanding.

Well guess what? I was with Dad on this one. I like a good rainbow and have too many photos, probably, to prove it. I think they can be stunningly beautiful and I don’t think they are less beautiful to me because I think I understand why we see them.

Anyway, the other day there was a pretty good one. Conditions were right in that a bright early evening sun shone, but dark rain clouds filled the eastern sky giving a fantastic backdrop for the bow.


An outer bow is visible and we could see supernumery bands on the inside of the main bow. I’ve darkened the picture to show these things better.


I have to say it is beautiful whether understood or not!


January 15, 2014

Sunrise comes a little late where I live. That’s because the scarp slope of Salisbury Plain rises up to the south and east of my house. The sun has to climb up above that (yes, I know it is really the rotation of the earth) before those wonderful, bright rays can shine on us.

But from time to time sunrise and cloud cover combine in the right proportions and we get a simply stunning bit of sky. This was sunrise a few days ago. I have set the camera on spot light metering for it is the bright (by comparison) sky that I want to capture.


I like the foreground coming out entirely black. Perhaps I should have taken a shot with average light metering to show the difference. But I didn’t so I’ll just say that the clever camera attempts to brighten up the dark area and that causes the sky to come out brighter but less coloured. The camera may not lie, but with a bit of thought we can make it see what we want it to!

Why is it this red? Well, the sun is very low in the sky which means it shines through a lot of earth’s atmosphere which absorbs the bluer end of the spectrum. The clouds are high enough in the sky for the sun to be able to shine on the under surface.  It is mostly red light that reaches the cloud and they reflect the red light to us.

But maybe you don’t care about that and can just say, ‘wow! That’s fantastic’. I take after my dad and like to understand things. For me, some understanding of these effects enhances the beauty.