287/365v3 – Clouds

Another time-lapse, this time of this afternoon’s clouds as they moved over Great Dunmow.

Quite a lovely morning today on Beaumonts Hill in Great Dunmow, with a pretty sunrise and low mist…I’ve photographed this tree a few times, but this is definitely my favourite of it so far.

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Another day trip to Great Yarmouth allowed me 10 minutes before my meeting to trot onto the front and photograph the windfarm in the distance.

These aerials were full of starlings until they spotted me, then there was a mass exodus…these three returned though

I was in Great Yarmouth on business (I know – last month California and Texas, this month North Norfolk – globe trotter 😉 ) today and had 10 minutes at lunchtime to pop down to the beach…which, on a cool (but bright) November day was, not surprisingly, deserted.

It was still nice to take in a bit of sea air though…

Manningtree at low tide…that’s the River Stour winding it’s way towards Felixstowe…nice sky

Just a moment in time happening right over me. I really like the simplicity of this shot, the sky was a bit insipid in colour, switching to black and white seemed to work well.

Despite living in the middle of Essex it is quite surprising just how much of the sky and the stars you can actually photograph. This shot was taken during the Bishops Stortford Camera Clubs studio evening. It was really busy inside so a few of us braved the cold and gathered on the edge of the cricket pitch to do a bit of light painting, light trails and sky shots. Bear in mind this is on the Herts Essex border and the planes fly past to land at Stansted Airport just a few miles down the road – dark skies they are not 😉

Having spent ages photographing all sorts of things this evening, but not actually liking anything, I noticed that the clouds were scudding past the moon giving it an interesting appearance, I’m not sure I caught what I saw, but it’s certainly better than the other stuff I shot 😉

See the top left in this picture – that colour is not the sun (well, at least the sun isn’t there, the sun’s somewhere to the left off the picture at around the roof line height) it’s some interesting defraction going on – that’s what I was trying to capture, along with the lovely cloud formation. I’d have probably got a better composition if I hadn’t been hanging out of the window trying to shoot it 😉

According to a follower on Flickr this is a sundog – from Wikipedia – “A sun dog (or sundog), mock sun or phantom sun, scientific name parhelion (plural parhelia), is an atmospheric phenomenon that creates bright spots of light in the sky, often on a luminous ring or halo on either side of the sun.