Thursday, 25 June 2009

Sky Watch Friday 38


Same holiday as last week.

When we first started visiting Perthshire, the trees in the garden of third picture top right, were only saplings.
The property owner used to leave the front door open on mild evenings and the light from the house shone down
the garden where the sheep grazed.
The sheep are no longer in sight and the garden has matured considerably.
It is one of my favourite views.

These are general photos of Lock Tay, taken by Lord L ( also known as my other half )
The Ram stood like this for about 3 minutes. Bet there is a fair amount of wool waiting to be gathered on him.
We both enjoy holidaying in this part of Scotland. I read a report that life expectancy is longer in Scotland.
Not surprising when there is so much wonderful scenery and fresh air.

To see many more Sky Watch pictures from around the world, click on the Sky Watch banner in my side bar on the right.

If you read about the Asperatus Cloud two entries back. You may recall some of the information was quoted from staff at The Cloud Appreciation Society. You may like to click on the Cloud Appreciation Society link in the side bar on the right.
Dancin' from In The Pink kindly has enrolled us both as members, which I thank her for .

Sky Watch was initiated by Dot and Tom. The success of the meme speaks for its self.
Thanks to them for the concept and design of the programme.
Many more volunteers have since joined in the running and monitoring of Sky Watch and give their time and support freely.
Thank you .
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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Sky Watch Friday 37

Welcome to Scotland

As you will see we were in Scotland last week.

The views can be enlarged by clicking on the picture and I promise is worth doing.

1) Lock Tay from under the bridge at Kenmore, Perthshire.

2) This is where you need to enlarge the picture,
Ben Nevis the highest mountain in Scotland with snow on and as close as I could get .

3) Evening mists roll in.

4) Speedboat on the Tay.


6) The end of Lock Tay.

Pictures 4 &5 were taken by Lord L ( my other half)
The remainder I took. We had a fantastic holiday
Wall to wall nature and lots of photographs to remind us of the views.

To see more Sky Watch pictures from around the world just click on the Sky Watch Banner
in my side bar on the right.

Sky Watch is a meme created and designed by Dot and Tom.
Many more people have joined them over the years, to assist in the seam free running of the programme.
Time is given freely and all sites are monitored.
Thanks to all these people for their time and energies.
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Health and Safty Cuts

Pictures top left and lower right are of a tree in Scotland, taken two years ago.
We visited again last week to find the Health and Safty team had chosen their cuts.
I wondered just how long it had taken those branches to grow.
On a positve note however there is an increase in regeneration of trees in the area.
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Thursday, 4 June 2009

Sky Watch Friday 36

Time flies, not as quickly as these clouds though.
This was the sunset over home last Monday.

In the Sunday Telegraph May 31, there were newly published pictures of spectacular skies,

The Science Correspondent Richard Gray, I quote, wrote about the apparent discovery of a previously
undocumented phenomenon.
An unusual storm formation spotted across the world by a collection of enthusiastic amateurs
could be the first new cloud type officially identified in more than half a century.

It was noticed only because of the efforts of the Cloud Appreciation Society,
whose Cloudspotter's Guide became a surprise bestseller three years ago.
Forming a dark lumpy blanket across the sky, the cloud form has been sighted above the Scottish
Highlands and Snowdonia in Wales, on the American prairies, over the mountains of New Zealand
and the Arctic seas off Greenland.

"Its a bit like looking at the surface of a choppy sea from below," said Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of
the society.
He first identified the cloud, named "asperatus"from the Latin for rough, from photographs that
were being sent in by society members.
"We try to identify and classify all the images of clouds we get in, but there were some that just didn't
seem to fit in any of the other categories, so I began to think it might be a unique type of cloud" he said.

Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting to have the aspertus officially added to the
International Cloud Atlas,the recognised system of names used by forecasters to identify clouds.
If they succeed, it will be the first new variety classified since 1953.

The spectacular pictures of asperatus clouds shown in the paper were taken above
Hanmer Springs in New Zealand, Schiehallion in Perthshire Scotland and Cedar Rapids,Iowa USA.

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Dot and Tom founded Sky Watch Friday.
Thanks to them for making us take note of what wonderful things are going on around us.

There are a team of volunteers who monitor and assist in the running of Sky Watch.
Thanks are given to them all for their long hours and dedication.
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