A small self set project to photograph the Meon Shore for a week.
I initially planned to capture the sunrises but aided by some unseasonably warm temperatures I stayed longer and watched the birds visiting the nature reserve
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The total lunar eclipse, or super blood moon, took place on the morning of 21st January 2019, starting just after 2:30am, peaking from 4:40am for about an hour, and finishing at just after 7:45am.
A blood Moon is another name given to a total lunar eclipse, which happens when the Earth moves in between the Sun and the Moon. Our planet casts its shadow on the Moon, blocking out the Sun’s light.
The gallery below shows the moon from late Sunday evening to early Monday morning.
Evening photograph of the super moon taken at 22:51 20/01/2019
Photograph taken at 03:30 just before the eclipse started. The prospect of a clear sky was low.
Photograph taken at 04:08, fortunatley the cloud had cleared!
Photograph of the blood moon taken at 04:44, some 30 minutes before total eclipse
Photograph of the super wolf blood moon taken at 05:10, clear sky and just about at total eclipse
The Moon does not have a light source of its own, it shines because its surface reflects sunlight. However, during a total lunar eclipse, the Earth moves between the Sun and the Moon and cuts off the Moon’s light supply. When this happens, the surface of the Moon takes on a reddish glow instead of going completely dark.
Cycle Gosport Cycle Gosport is a brand new local community group which aims to promote and protect the amazing cycle routes we already have and work to improve the network to make it easier for everyone to get about by bike.
I Ride in Gosport A new Facebook page for those that want to improve the cycling infrastructure and facilities in Gosport (and the surrounding area)
Tell us about the kind of cycle facilities you’d like to see and highlight places and people we could learn from.
Fed up with the daily slog along the A32? Its quicker to cycle from Gosport Ferry to Fareham railway station by bike, costs less and will help improve your fitness. Here is a screen shot of the journey by car and bike
Explore Gosport and the attractions on your doorstep without having to find or pay for a parking space!
The Meon Valley Trail. Within 40 minutes of cycling from Gosport is the start of an off road trail from Wickham to West Meon. Just imagine exploring the Meon Valley in a traffic free enviroment, stopping when and where you like and enjoying the countryside!
The 1km Eclipse busway extension to the existing route will be from the Tichborne Way / Hutfield Link south to form a new junction with Rowner Road, maintaining the existing shared use footway / cycleway from Hutfield Link to Rowner Road.
While this sounds good news, the downside is that the excellent existing shared pedestrain and cycle path (also designated a safe route to school) from the Hutfield Link to Rowner road will be squeezed in with the bus route.
The bridge at the new junction will be demolished with the loss of the underpass and the perfect seperation arrangement of pedestrains and cyclists from traffic on the B3334
Pedestrains and cyclists (whom the Govement is championing under the guise of Active Travel) will be will be pushed down the pecking order, at odds with The Manual for Streets
According to the Active Travel briefingThe Manual for Streets changed the government’s approach to the design and provision of residential and other streets.
This includes a hierarchy of provision that puts walking and cycling at the top, and following its principles can help design places that encourage active travel.
Weather watcher, A selection of weather watcher photographs that I have uploaded to the BBC over the past couple of months. Some have been used on the BBC main website and by the regional TV program South Today
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End of year, 2017, sunset over the Isle of Wight
A collection of sea shells, seaweed, crustaceans, fossils, stones and sand from the shore line between Lee-on-the-Solent and Hill Head
Pre dawn sky near Droxford in the Meon Valley, Hampshire
Crisp / frosty start to the day along Ranvilles Lane Stubbington
Storm clouds approaching
The Spinnaker Tower as viewed from an upstairs window!
Mammatus clouds over Stubbington, Fareham
Pastel colours before sunrise taken from the Meon Shore, Hill Head
The River Meon at Droxford in the Meon Valley. A cold and dull start to the day.
A ‘by chance’ capture of crepuscular rays (sun rays through clouds)
You can find out about the BBC weather watchers and how to become one from this article