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December Colours

Low sunlight in December makes many colourful scenes.

Winter sun fade
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The unspoilt rolling countryside of the Cotswolds was a super location for a summer cottage holiday.

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In the small hours of 21st January 2019 there was a total eclipse of the moon visible from where I live, weather permitting! It was forecast to be cloudy so I didn’t stay up but set an alarm for just before the greatest totality at 5.12am and then woke anyway. There was an eerie orange glow in the sky, no moon visible and then I saw it looking like a copper coloured planet, not the bright shining disc we normally see. An arresting sight. It had to be photographed but it was so dark: 30 seconds exposure as wide as my lens would open at ISO 100 – useless because of motion blur due to the relative movement of the moon and the earth. The ISO had to go up to 1000 to give a reasonably sharp but grainy image. I got a couple of pictures and hoped to do a sequence every 10 minutes until the eclipse ended – but clouds intervened. I almost gave up then the clouds partially parted and eventually I managed a reasonable sequence until just before the end of the eclipse when the moon disappeared behind thick cloud. I was groggy the next day and slow to function but it was worth it!

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Last month I visited Seville.  It was hot and vibrant, stylish and chaotic.  Many characterful shop fronts caught my eye.

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The Queensferry Crossing is almost there!

Last weekend I did what I’d been meaning to do for years and walked the Forth Road Bridge, a lovely Sunday afternoon walk of 3 miles. The east walkway allows good views of the new bridge being built.  It is almost finished and I took this picture whilst I could.

The new Quensferry Crossing