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Another one on the 'to do' list; I was quite pleased with my first attempt, although a bit of a shame about that faulty obstruction light! At least they had most of the road lights working.

The orange glow in the distance is the streetlights from Newport reflecting in the low cloudbase.

...and an HDR version of the one above...


Red-veined Darters

Most years since the late 90s, the various ponds and puddles in the Avonmouth/Severn Beach area have held populations of Red-veined Darters. Most of the time a handful of insects are seen each season, but this year a huge emergence of up to 200 took place. All are teneral (=immature) adults at the moment, so the males don't have their red colouration.

The weather today at first looked unpromising; sunny and windy, but following a mid-afternoon downpour, some heavy cloud cover and a lighter wind gave perfect conditions for a few snaps. These shots are all with a Sigma 150mm 2.8 and a Kenko 1.4x extender, with manual fill-flash from a MR-14EX macrolight. I took loads more than I've uploaded here; I'll put the rest on Flickr when I get round to sorting through the backlog.


Back again...

More like it. Complete with aircraft trail on this one as well.


Under the bridge

This set was actually taken at the beginning of the month but I've only just got round to editing them. After taking this photograph I wanted to try for a similar shot with a really high tide for some good reflections, and a clear blue sky.

The tide was easy to predict, so no problems there, but a cloudless sky was something I could have been waiting another year for, so I went anyway on a 13.5m tide which I knew would be not far off the top. As luck would have it, whilst I was there a short firework display happened just below the Avon Gorge Hotel. Not only did this give some nice shots of the fireworks and their reflections, but the lingering smoke gave some nice separation between the trees under the bridge.

So I'm still after a shot with a huge tide and a clear twilight sky - what chances on August 20th I wonder?

In the event, had the sky been clear it wouldn't have been dark enough to capture the fireworks properly. They look at bit better at 900px on Flickr.


Balloon Fiesta

A selection of shots from various days of this years Balloon Fiesta. Luckily the weather was a bit better than in 2011, and there was even some sunshine on the morning I decided to go to the mass ascent. No Red Arrows this year, although there was a display by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire. The smart silver one as well.

I went up to the Clifton observatory on Sunday evening as the wind direction looked good for some shots of the balloons as they came over the Suspension Bridge after the mass ascent. As it turned out, they flew towards the Downs, leaving me wishing I'd been at Sea Walls where Woody Woodpecker crash-landed in the road and nearly battered an ice cream van in the process.

Loads more on Flickr.


Olympic Sailing

I thought it would be silly not to pop down to Weymouth to see some of the Olympic sailing, and as well as getting sunburnt I also got to see Ben Ainslie winning gold in the Finn class. More on Flickr.

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