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Lift Off - almost!

Out walking this evening - a beautiful, breezy evening, slightly hazy because of the volcanic dust in the atmosphere - we came across this para glider struggling to get off the ground. Don't know if he succeeded as his attempts were accompanied by a cacophany of dog barking (the loudest and noisiest barks coming from my canine companion) so we decided to 'make tracks'.

Again, this photo doesn't do it justice and I only wish I'd noticed earlier, before the sky darkened, because this sliver of a crescent moon looked wonderful. When first spotted, the Penumbra was clearly visible and - I think it's Venus again below - sparkled. Plus, I haven't found out how to get a longer exposure than 8 seconds.

Hope we can look forward to more clear skies over the weekend!


  1. Oh your picture of the sky is amazing - I am very excited to see this. Thankyou for showing it.

  2. When we were in France we saw people flinging themselves off mountain tops doing parapenting? Your photograph is putting me in holiday mood!

  3. What a lovely picture of the nightsky. You had me "googling" "penumbra"........ I shall be looking out tonight......... thank you! :O)

  4. Nearly a quarter to eleven at night and I have looked at the moon........... and I marvelled...... :O))))))))

  5. Lesley, You have captured such a great photograph of the moon and stars. Thank you for sharing it.
    I am sitting here looking through our window, it is really beautiful here tonight, the moon is yellow/orange against the dark blue sky.

  6. Hello everyone, thanks for visiting and commenting. I missed the moon tonight, having attended a performance by the 'Bootleg Bee Gees' at St Ives Guildhall. We danced the night away! x

  7. Its turning cloudier up here, and I missed the moon. We have too many street lights to make sky watching much good!

    When we were at Lake Garda a couple of years ago we watched the paragliders doing their thing over the lake. Looked a big didgy, but they always landed safely on the grassy bit of lakeside!

  8. The sky has been glorious just lately L. Your photos have captured perfectly.
    I have seen the bootleg Bee Gees, I thought they were a scream.

  9. What a fabulous picture...I can never get my camera to take decent pictures in the dark so I am most impressed!!

    C x

  10. Gilly, Viv and Carol, hello.

    Gloriously sunny here still, although there was a frost this morning and there's a chill breeze blowing from the North.

    Hope you have all enjoyed a lovely, lazy Sunday. x


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