Sunday Memories

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It’s Sunday so let’s me take you back to some stunning sunrises and sunsets from a few years ago!

The early bird catching the bird (or mouse!) – By SJ Butler
Stunning morning colours – By SJ Butler
Beautiful evening colours – By SJ Butler
Heart Stone & Sunset – By SJ Butler
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Sunday Memories

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across this video of The Beast from […]

Spring Memories

A few images from past Springtime. I just love the colours and the freshness of Spring. The first Daffodil has […]

Memories of Spring 2018

Well another weekend (nearly) already! As there has not been any gorgeous sunrises or sunsets this week (or none that […]

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Hello June

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Wow it’s been a week since my last post! I’ve just been so busy with work and gardening and all the other stuff that happens!

I visited Beningbrough Hall Gardens, Breezy Knees Gardens and editing a stack loads of photographs. Enjoy your Sunday and take lots of pictures!

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June

What a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the weekend it’s gone cooler again! […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday so let’s me take you back to some stunning sunrises and sunsets from a few years ago!

Time

It’s been a glorious week. Getting back into the garden is a great feeling especially when the temperature has hit […]

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Indian Summer

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Brilliant blue sky & hot Autumn sun today (Friday). How lovely to be sat basking in the garden.

The term Indian summer reached England in the 19th century, during the heyday of the British Raj in India. This led to the mistaken belief that the term referred to the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the Indians in question were probably the Native Americans.

The term Indian summer is first recorded in Letters From an American Farmer, in 1778.

“Then a severe frost succeeds which prepares it to receive the voluminous coat of snow which is soon to follow; though it is often preceded by a short interval of smoke and mildness, called the Indian Summer.”

Michel-Guillaume-Jean de Crèvecoeur:

The English already had names for the phenomenon – St. Luke’s SummerSt. Martin’s Summer or All-Hallown Summer and the French also referred to l’été de la Saint-Martin.

These have now all but disappeared and, like the rest of the world, the term Indian summer has been used in the UK for at least a century.

I think I prefer the term All Hallown Summer.

“An Indian summer crept stealthily over his closing days.”

Thomas De Quincy, 1855

Clouds

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As a photographer I love photographing clouds, they can make an ordinary image have the wow factor!

Nature is amazing and often rewards us with incredible opportunities for photographing sunrises, sunsets and sun rays piercing through the clouds, creating stunning views. I love to go out on cloudy days to be rewarded with dramatic and vivid images. Clouds make sunrises and sunsets look stunning.

As the Sun is low on the horizon at sunrise & sunset, sunlight has had to travel through more of the atmosphere to reach us.

When light hits the atmosphere it is scattered, particularly when dust, smoke &

other particles are in the air.

This scattering affects the blue part of the light spectrum the most. So by the time the sunlight reaches our eyes there is generally more of the red & yellow parts of the spectrum remaining.

Dust and smoke particles commonly build up in the atmosphere beneath high-pressure systems, which are generally associated with dry & settled weather.

Dramatic clouds at sunset, North Yorkshire. SJB Photography
Dark clouds building in the evening sky.
A rainbow of colours in this sunrise image.
Wild clouds looking over the landscape from the top of Buttertubs.

June silence

Sorry for the silence but what a hot and sunny week this has been; of course now it is the weekend it’s gone […]

What a mild day!

Such a beautiful end to what started as a very wet morning. It is really mild here, with temperatures set to reach 16 […]

Lake District Memories IV

It’s Sunday so it must be visit the Lake District day! Today I’ve included a video of how powerful (and noisy) Aira Force […]