June Sunset

Sunsets, sunsets and more sunsets! Hope you like these montages of sunsets over the past few weeks, They have been stunning, too early for me to be up at sunrise at the moment so sunsets will have to do for now!

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.

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Breezy Knees

Twenty acres they are one of the largest gardens in the North of England and […]

Summer

Thank goodness it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. It has rained most of […]

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 cooler again!

Have been very busy with work and the garden but I’ve got some stunning sunset shots.

This is a quick phone shot, I’ll update with more later on.

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Breezy Knees

Twenty acres they are one of the largest gardens in the North of England and […]

Summer

Thank goodness it’s Friday and the weekend is finally here. It has rained most of […]

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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Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District.

I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy going in Autumn when there are some beautiful colours in the trees & mountains and also some glorious sunrises and sunsets.

One of my favourite sunsets – Derwentwater SJ Butler
View of the boathouse at Grassmere – SJ Butler

 

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District.

I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get back there this year. I quite fancy going in Autumn when there are some beautiful colours in the trees & mountains and also some glorious sunrises and sunsets.

Sunday Throwback

It’s Sunday again and this gorgeous Magnolia tree was taken during the first lockdown. […]

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at […]

Sunday Memories

I was having a sort out of my hard drive and I came across […]

 

Bank Holiday Weekend

Hope you are all having a great Bank Holiday (UK) weekend? I’m having a lovely one: the weather could be a bit sunnier but at least it’s dry.

I’ve spent most of the weekend in the garden and my garden project is nearly complete, I’ll put a before and after up later on.

May 1st and Breezy Knees Gardens in Warthill are open again for the season. Lots of pretty blossom on the trees and lots of flowers in bloom. I can’t wait to see how the gardens change throughout the year. A quick video of part of my visit. Let me know if you want to see more like this.

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The Golden Hour

Golden hour photography. The golden hour (also referred to as the magic hour) in […]

Golden Orange

I managed to get out for a short walk on Sunday. The weather was […]

 

June Memories

I can hear the wind blowing outside as I lay in my bed at 05:00. I am now wide awake so I thought I would post this blog from Summer 2021. I hope it reminds you of warmer days.

June was a very busy month visiting many places. I think I got back into the swing of taking photography again, without feeling like I had to go out and take images, for the sake of it.

Beningbrough Hall is always a favourite of mine partly because I have a National Trust yearly pass which allows be to visit many places.

The meadows at ‘golden hour’ was really special too. Golden buttercups and wild Lupins bathed in the rays of the setting sun (plus it was also lovely and hot even at sunset.)

As you probably realise I love photographing bees. Where would we be without bees? As far as important species go, they are top of the list. They are critical pollinators: they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world!

I also visited York where they had made it into a bee friendly city with tubes of flowers and flower displays all around.

June

Throughout the year at the beginning of each month I will created a short video of photographs from that month from around 2016-2021. I hope that you will enjoy watching them.

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District. I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get […]

Sunday Memories

It’s Sunday, so here’s a few memories from one of my favourite places, the Lake District. I haven’t visited for about two years now due to Covid etc and I’m really itching to get […]

Colour Vs Black & White

Remember I went to Beningbrough Hall on 01/01/22? Well here are a few of the images but I thought you might like to see them in both colour & black and white.

I wrote an article last year on the differences between B&W and Monochrome which you will find here.

Black and white photography has unique qualities that are as strong today as they always were. Timeless, gritty, truthful and classic are all common ways of describing black-and-white photography … even after nearly 200 years since Joseph Nicéphore Niépce made the first black-and-white photograph, mono remains as popular as ever.

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When does winter start?

How you define the first day of winter depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological winter.

The day in our calendar that marks the first day of winter usually refers to the astronomical seasons which are a result of the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun.

Astronomical winter

This year, astronomical winter begins on 21 December 2021 and ends on 20 March 2022.

8 interesting facts about winter

Whether you dread the windy weather or look forward to the crisp mornings, find out 8 interesting facts about winter.

Winter is a fascinating time of year and we’ve got 8 interesting facts about the season.

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1. Winter is coming

There are two different dates when winter could be said to begin, depending on whether we are referring to the Meteorological or Astronomical winter.

Astronomical winter is defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and begins on the winter solstice, which falls on 21 or 22 December.

However, when recording and comparing climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared and so for this reason a fixed date of 1 December is used to mark the start of the meteorological winter.

2. Earth is closest to the Sun in winter

You might be surprised to know that in the northern hemisphere the Earth is closest to the Sun during winter.

Around 3 January, the Earth reaches perihelion (peri meaning ‘near’ and helion meaning ‘sun’) and the Earth is 3.1 million miles closer to the Sun than at aphelion (around 5 July when the Earth is furthest from the Sun).

Earth’s distance from the Sun is not what causes the seasons but it does affect the length of them. Around perihelion, the Earth is moving around 1 kilometre per second faster than at aphelion which results in winter being 5 days shorter than summer.

Perihelion

Peri = near

Helion = sun

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3. The coldest temperature recorded in winter

The coldest temperature ever recorded during a UK winter was -27.2 °C, which has been recorded 3 times. It was twice recorded in the village of Braemar, on 11 February 1895 and again on 10 January 1982, and once in Altnaharra on 30 December 1995. Both sites are in the Scottish Highlands.

4. The winter of 1963

The winter of 1963 is one of the coldest on record and the coldest since 1740. Temperatures consistently reached lower than – 20 °C with blizzards, snowdrifts and even the sea freezing around the coast.

The severe cold began just before Christmas in 1962 as a high pressure system sat to the northeast of the UK for much of the winter, dragging cold polar winds over the UK.

On 29 and 30 December, a blizzard struck the UK with snowdrifts up to 6 metres deep. Snow continued to fall frequently and until early March 1963, much of the UK remained covered in snow.

5. The roots of winter

The word winter comes from the Germanic wintar which in turn is derived from the root wed meaning ‘wet’ or water’, and so signifies a wet season.

In Anglo-Saxon cultures, years were counted by the winters, so a person could be said to be ‘2 winters old.’ The first day of winter was also of symbolic importance named Vetrardag and falling comparatively early in the year between 10 and 16 October.

6. Wet snow vs. dry snow

Ever wondered why sometimes snow sticks together and sometimes it’s powdery and loose? The reason for this lies in the snowflake’s journey as it falls through the atmosphere.

Snowflakes that fall through a dry, cool atmosphere will be small and powdery and won’t stick together. We call this dry snow – it’s ideal for skiing, but not for building a snowman.

The snowflakes that form wet snow will have fallen through temperatures slightly warmer than 0 °C. As they fall, the snowflakes melt slightly around the edges and stick together to form large, heavy flakes. These stick together easily and are the best for a snowball fight and making snowmen.

7. Reindeer vision

Some reindeer living above the Arctic Circle live in complete darkness for several weeks of the year.

To adapt to this, a small area of tissue behind the retina called the tapetum lucidum changes colour from a gold colour in summer months to blue in winter. This allows the reindeer’s eyes to detect ultraviolet light and to see in the dark.

8. How much water is there in snow?

The exact amount of water contained in snow can vary quite significantly depending on how the snow formed, but as a general average, every 12 cm of snow would provide 1 cm of water.


Snowman piano – D Peppiatt (original H Blake)

Spring Snow II

Well, this has been a cold week; jumpers and hats back out of the cupboard! Today we’ve had more snow – just light flurries on and off today. The poor Magnolia tress was not looking […]

Spring Snow

Well, this has been a cold week; jumpers and hats back out of the cupboard! Today we’ve had snow – just light flurries on and off today; blowing playfully through the tree blossoms and golden […]

Snow Day

Omg we have snow! Watch my short video with Z cat watching the snow!  

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

A Touch of Green

It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th May already. […]

EARTH DAY 2022 – APRIL 22

Today is EARTH DAY 2022 – APRIL 22Each year, Earth Day focuses on and celebrates our planet, promoting multiple ways we can help our […]

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