Wide Open

When the tide is out, there’s plenty of space to think. Exmoor in the haze, miles to walk, and because of the sharp wind, nobody about. Winter in a seaside town can seem bleak, but it has such views and sunsets here on the West coast of England.

On clear days like this you see across the Bristol channel to Wales, the Brecon Beacons, with this cloudscape for added drama. I love the shades of blue, the detail in the clouds.

After the three storms in quick succession, all rolling up the Severn, creating havoc, it’s nice to look back on quieter times. This past Saturday we had the first face to face meeting of our poetry group. You forget how good it is to listen, in person to people reading for the pleasure of sharing.

I hope your week is good, and you are staying safe out there.

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Photography and a Telescope

This year as a birthday present my family bought me an adaptor to enable fitting my camera to my telescope. While neither are the top of their range they still for me provide a great deal of pleasure using and adapting them to first see stars, and secondly try getting usable pictures of them. With the adaptor I can fit the camera to the telescope to use them both together, and so far I’ve been really pleased with the results. There is still lots for me to figure out and to improve on but it is fascinating for me to see the results. These are some from the UK’s cold snap over the last few days.

Pentax K-50 1/2SEC ISO 51200.  Trapezium Cluster in the Orion Nebula.
Pentax K-50 1/2SEC ISO 51200. Trapezium Cluster in the Orion Nebula.

Pentax K-50. 2SEC ISO 51200. Longer exposure bringing out more of the nebular but noise and movement becomes an issue.
Pentax K-50. 2SEC ISO 51200. Longer exposure bringing out more of the nebular but noise and movement becomes an issue.

Pentax K-50 1/8SEC ISO 51200.
Pentax K-50 1/8SEC ISO 51200.

Composite Image using Adobe Photoshop and the three previous images.
Composite Image using Adobe Photoshop and the three previous images.

It is always fascinating to look out into the night sky and see the universe spread out above. It makes me feel humble and amazed that we, by some giant trick, survive here. And who else is out there, looking across the stars wondering the same thing?

I have started writing again, and will post some of my fragments again in the near future. I hope you join me to read them.