Cycle for Sophie

The start of a 24 hour cycle for sophie ride looping  around Titchfield, Gosport, Lee on the Solent and Hill Head. The aim is to raise  money to provide Sophie and her family with additional financial support and she fights her battle against Anaplastic Rhabdomyosarcoma. To read more about Sophie and to donate please follow the link here.

Please click on any thumbnail below to view the images in a gallery.

Thanks for looking!

Lockdown Cycling 2020

Lockdown Cycling. Despite Coronavirus and lockdown it was still possible (and encouraged) to cycle locally for exercise. Later, restrictions were lifted and cycle rides further afield were permitted.  My 1000 mile total (to date)  was made up of  rides around the Meon Valley, along the Meon Valley Trail, frequent rides around Gosport and  Lee on the Solent, trips to the shops and what has become an annual ride around the Isle of Wight.

Even the government (and local authorities) have been pushing the cycling theme  “Thousands of miles of new protected bike lanes, cycle training for everyone and bikes available on prescription will be rolled out under new plans to overhaul cycling and walking in England launched by Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (Tuesday 28 July).”

Sadly some of the local pop up schemes have been dropped (one such scheme after a local councillor had a ‘discussion’ with the Highways Authority.

Please click on any thumbnail to view my lockdown cycling  photos in a carousel.

Perseid Meteor Shower 2020

The peak time for the perseid meteor shower was the 12/13 August. Unfortunately the weather forecast of overcast skies proved to be accurate. 

However, on the evening of the 11th August, after taking just 8 frames, I caught this meteor! 

Perseid Meteor The Perseid meteors are caused by debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle burning up upon entering the earth’s atmosphere. They are named after the constellation Perseus as they appear to radiate from the same direction in the sky as Perseus
The Perseid meteors are caused by debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle burning up upon entering the earth’s atmosphere. They are named after the constellation Perseus as they appear to radiate from the same direction in the sky as Perseus

Lower right are the planets Saturn and Jupiter 

 

Comet Neowise C/2020 F3

Comet Neowise – or to be exact  C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) photographed from Stubbington, Fareham, UK.

Until the sixteenth century, comets were usually considered bad omens of deaths of kings or noble men, or coming catastrophes. Take your pick from the current president of the USA, Brexit and Coronavirus.

More information on Comet Neowise can be found here

Blood Moon post

The comet will reach its closest distance from Earth on 23 July – though it will still be about 64 million miles (103 million km) away.

It will be visible in the northern hemisphere – including the UK – just before sunrise and after sunset.

From the middle of July onwards, the comet will be visible all through the night, but always low in the sky in a north direction.

It’ll then head out of sight as it travels deep into the solar system.

Meon Valley Hampshire

Meon Valley Hampshire

The sun streaming through a mist and frost covered woodland in the Meon Valley Hampshire

The first hard frost of 2020 covering the Droxford area in the Meon Valley

Saint Mary and All Saints Church at Droxford has recently opened  a cultural centre and café. The Meon Valley Trail, a walking, cycling and horse riding trail along a disused railway passes to the east of Droxford .

Please click on the thumbnails below to view the images in a carousel.

Stubbington Library Exhibition

My second photographic exhibition at Stubbington Library.  Mainly showing local places of interest from plane watching at Solent Airport to Titchfield Haven harbour and Nature Reserve.

The exhibition runs for the whole of November so if you are passing,  pop in and have a look!

Thank you Stubbington Library for welcoming and supporting local arts and craft groups and induvials.

What a fantastic response to my exhibition! Thank you to everyone that came to the library to view the photographs  and for taking the time to leave  the kind comments :-

  • “Brilliant photography! An impressive exhibition”  Dilly  Ward Bundy
  • “Well done a great exhibition, thank you for the inspiration”
  • “Stunning photos, what a delight to see them. Thank you.”
  • “An absolute delight to see – just wonderful. Thank you.”

My next exhibition at Stubbington Library is booked for April 2023

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

Photographs by Barrie Webb

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