All posts by Barrie Webb

Summer Solstice 2019 Sunrise

Summer Solstice 2019 sunrise as viewed from Droxford in the Meon Valley, Hampshire. Far better than mixing it with the crowds at Stonehenge!

D Day 75 Daedalus commemorations

A family event at Solent Airport Daedalus to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day landings in Normandy on the 6th June 1944.

The high wind on Saturday proved too much for some of the displays, however the wind relented on Sunday allowing the planned flying programme to go ahead.

D_Day 75 Daedalus. Douglas Dakota “Drag ‘em Oot” at Solent Airport Daedalus to mark the 75 anniversary of the D-Day landings by allied forces in Normandy 1944
D Day 75 Daedalus. Douglas Dakota “Drag ‘em Oot” at Solent Airport Daedalus to mark the 75 anniversary of the D_Day landings by allied forces in Normandy 1944

Many missions were flown over Normandy in support of Operation Overlord from the Daedalus airfield.

The airfield continued to be a Royal Navy establishment until it was de-commissioned in 1996.

The thumbnails below show some of the images I took over the weekend, please click on any thumbnail to view the images in a gallery.

For more information and pictures follow the link to D_Day 75 Daedalus Commemorations and the BBC News


Eclipse Busway, Rowner Road, Gosport.

Eclipse Busway. Common sense prevails!! Hampshire County Council have voted to retain the Rowner Road Bridge and route the Eclipse Busway extension via a ramp to the east of the present shared pedestrian/cycle path. This good news is due in no small part to Cycle Gosport

The previous plan was to demolish the bridge and replace it with a signal controlled junction

Eclipse Busway Henry Court Way - site of the junction of the Eclipse Busway with the B3334
Eclipse Busway Henry Court Way – site of the junction of the Eclipse Busway with the B3334

Daedalus Common Men at Work

Daedalus Common Solent Airport Daedalus

The setting sun silhouetting diggers and operatives working on Daedalus Common.

The Common is one of a number of community facilities provided to help soften the blow of having a large building housing high voltage transformers and associated cables on an active airfield.

More planned community facilities related to IFA2 include a heritage facility, play area and a gate guardian.

 

 

Meon Shore at Titchfield Haven

Titchfield Haven and the Meon Shore


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

Click on any thumbnail below to view the photographs in a carousel.

For more information on the Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve

 

The Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve is a national nature reserve in Hampshire .

It encompasses the lower floodplain of the River Meon, near to the point where it flows into the Solent near Hill Head.

Until late in the 16th century, the River Meon was navigable as far as Titchfield.

The Titchfield Canal opened in 1611 and was only the second canal existing in Britain at the time. [source wikipedia}

 

Blood Moon Total Lunar Eclipse

Photograph taken at 04:44, some 30 minutes before total eclipse

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.

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.

Meon Views 2019 Calendar – Studio 6

Meon Views 2019 Calendar

One of my photographs featured as the December picture in the 2019 Meon Views calendar published by Studio 6, design and print, Wallops Wood Farm, Sheardley Lane, Droxford

Picture caption ‘Abbey House, Warnford, among winter fields’ by nwcopywriting

All proceeds from the sale of this calendar go to Naomi House & Jacksplace.

If you are  passing or just out enjoying the Meon Valley,  pop in and buy one or two and help support this wothy cause!

Cycle Gosport Community Group

 

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.

 

 

 

Enjoy the beach

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)

Visit and like the I Ride in Gosport Facebook page, share your experiences of cycling in the Gosport area – the good, the bad and the could be better!

Share your experiences of cycling in the Gosport area - the good, the bad and the could be better! Tell us about the kind of cycle facilities you'd like to see and highlight places and people we could learn from.
Free parking!

Tell us about the kind of cycle facilities you’d like to see and highlight places and people we could learn from.

 

 

Bike v Car Gosport ferry to Fareham railway station

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!

Visit Lee on the Solent and watch the planes including the iconic Spitfire

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meon Valley Trail

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!

 

Solent Airport Daedalus Boultbee Spitfire

Solent Airport Daedalus

We are lucky in the Stubbington area  to have the Boultbee Flight Acadamy Spitfires flying from Solent Airport Daedalus

Boultbee Spitfire at Solent AirportIt has been great to see and hear the Spitfire flying from the airfield, particularly after the loss of the Portsmouth Naval Gliding Centre.

While I cannot match the quality of the  photographs on their website it has been great fun trying!

There has even been TV presenter James Martin thrown in for good measure.

The thumbnails below are some of the photographs I have taken over the past week. Please click on any thumbnail to view the images in a carousel.

Have a look at my gallery of aviation photographs or browse the other galleries on Out To Grass Photography.

 

Eclipse Busway BRT extension madness

Update 26/04/2019: Bridge to remain with a revised junction

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.

Eclipse Busway proposed extension routeWhile 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 briefing The 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.

The Eclipse Busway has gone as far as possible.