As we arrived in the valley we found a good vantage point looking down the valley to the east in a good position for the moon rising and into frame.
The area was managed for Pheasants and there was not a bird of prey in sight...another mono species waste land. We did see a Dipper heading up stream. A bird that I will be focusing on in the next few weeks to try and do a photography portfolio and article on the species.
|Garys shot of Ingram valley and Cains camera doing a 6 hour shift|
Cain and Gary started up their Time lapses at dusk but as I was getting prepared do do a few still shots I discovered that I had left my memory card in my laptop back home...oh dear. Two Short-eared Owls showed and 3 Woodcock as the sun dropped and it went very cold indeed. We retreated to the car as the time went quick and all was a success as we celebrated with a 04:30 Mcdonalds meal. Look out for future results at... http://cainscrimgeour.co.uk/
|Derwent water passenger steamer alongside the jetty in the early|
hours down in Keswick
|Band of cloud rolled in...|
|Looking south on Derwent water...motion of the rolling clouds|
|Jetty on Derwent at 3am...time for a Mcdonalds meal soon!|
Waking up sharing a bed with Gary Storey is not the best start to a day in the world but it was going to get a whole lot better as with the sun shining we headed up the valley with John and the first sighting was a sunbathing Barn Owl on a rocky crevis in the heather. We headed further up the valley after noon at the suns strongest and the focus was for Adders. After the three of us spread out and put in a 24 minute shift we got rewarded as Gary encountered a basking female tight to a rock. We found a second female and Gary got a brief view of a disappearing Common Lizard to round off a great spell!
|Me and Gstoz focusing on the basking Adder...|
|Gary photographing the adder with his new toy...|
After getting back to the house to grab a sausage roll each it was straight back out to a fell side vantage point to photograph the sunset. As sunset was approaching it looked very promising but as the sun went below the horizon it was just non existent and there was no evidence that the sun was ever there. A Solway mist could of been the cause but another average to poor sunset as we sat to wait for the stars to appear. The moon wasn't up til 10pm so there would be a large number of stars on show. The suns remains eventually faded and the stars started to appear with Jupiter, Sirius and Betelgeuse showing first. I was keeping check on aurora updates as it had been brewing at around 4kp all day and as I tried shooting a few 30 sec exposures to the north I picked up the columns of the northern lights! it faded after that and the light pollution hampered things but a nice surprise.
We made our way down as I had a stonking head ache and Gary had to shoot off home so after a few more different shots adding our selves in the frames we headed down the hill. I seen Gary off and headed out again to keep check on the aurora but no more joy. A Screeching Barn owl been the highlight. A brill few days with the sun and stars...cheers Gary, Cain and Dad!
|Faint Northern Lights...purple columns seen...too much light pollution of Brampton, Longtown|
|Amazing sky on the fell prior to moon appearing...|
|My house under the stars as the moon appeared to the east...|
that faint shade of green on the right horizon is aurora
Thanks for looking :)