Thursday 29 September 2022

Another misty morning


After our hike up the hill which I showed in last Friday's SkyWatch we thought we would go up earlier  the next day which we did manage if only by 15min, this tiem I took my Canon EOS R6 with 15-30mm lens as we were going wide I took nearly 50 photos but I'll only show a few, I also took more with my iphone but I'll show them another time.

This was just coming out of the mist on the way up the hill

About the top of the quarry looking back down 

The opposite way

Back along the path

From the hill down the gully

Top path


Sun just rises 

Had to get this of a plane leaving a Vapour trail

Bowl of view mist

View point

Happy skywatch

Monday 26 September 2022

Going Wide


Back in August I changed my RF 16mm fro a new RF 15-30mm zoom lens as I prefer to use the flexibility of  a zoom lens rather than a Prime lens. I took it out for a test run around the village and the local church.

The village green we call the Forty at 15mm

 Same place but zooming in to 30mm

The Angel blowing a trumpet which sadly is long gone but I do remember seeing it

From over the wall in the new churchyard

A couple of crosses in the old churchyard

Towards the church across the graves

From beside one of the crosses

Last one from in front of this cross
I can't complain the results were about what I expected and should be fine the next time I take it into a church to get photos. The reason I went to the churchyard is because I can get close to a cross or headstone and still get a good wide background. In FridaysSkyWatch I will show the ones I took in Wales
Take Care

Saturday 24 September 2022

St Andrew Wanborough


This week the Church Explorer visits St Andrew Wanborough an unusual church with bell tower and central spire. Unfortunately for me it was locked


Thursday 22 September 2022

Foggy Walk


Normally I tend to be a few weeks behind with my SkyWatch photos but this week we are jumping to this week. If you saw my post from Tuesday you might have got a taster for what I am about to show you.

This is what we had to contend with at the start

But as we climbed up the hill we could see clearer sky above

When we reached the quarry it was much clearer

At the place I tend to stop for a photo things looked foggy below

We climbed higher so I took a pano of what was below

A bit further along I took a shot of the hillside

Further along about the high point I took this panoramic

At the view point it was like looking over a sea of ice

It looked like you could walk across 

The sun was just peeking over the hill

A last look of the fog

The sun was now climbing above the hill and time to get back for breakfast
Next week I'll show how it looked the next day
Happy SkyWatch

Saturday 17 September 2022

St Swithun Hinton Parva



This week the Church Explorer visit's St Swithun Hinton Parva a beautiful old church that retains it's old charm.

Thursday 15 September 2022

Ten Years of Sky's


As my blog is now ten years old I thought I should show ten years of some of the sky's I have taken photos of. I can't say Ten years of SkyWatch as I have not contributed that long on it but this is SkyWatch so enjoy the sky's

I showed this shot in December 2012 it was taken on  Newborough beach Anglesey in 2005 on my Canon PowerShot S2 IS 

 This has to be the one for 2013 though there are many I could use. This was taken in November 2012 and posted in June 2013 it was also take with a different camera a Canon PowerShot SX200IS  Cthe previous dropped had been dropped. You might also notice that I cropped it and used it as a Header for the Church Explorer Blog

By 2014 I had found SkyWatch and this is the first photo I showed I've no doubt there are others but I felt this more appropriate 


I cannot say any of the skys really stood out for me in 2015 though I do like this one at Fforest Fields where I go to stay taken one frosty morning in the previous December

There were a few this year I could pick but funny enough I liked this one of a Dragonfly shown in October 2016

Again 2017 provided a lot of SkyWatch photos I could have used but I rather liked Tap on the Sky which was taken at Garden centre

I keep coming back to this one from August 2018 which I think is one of my all time favourites 

This sunset was the last sunrise that Didcot Powerstation would witness it was taken in August 2019 at 05:04, less than two hours later the towers did not exist any more

I don't think any of us will forget 2020 with the Covid epidemic where I learned to take photos from home of the sky but on the occasion when we finally got out for a while I visited Wales and took this panoramic from over the mist of the camp-site I was staying at

I'm going with this fiery sunrise from December 2021 when we at least seem to be over the covid epidemic

I think 2022 will be remembered for a couple of things and it is not over yet, the heat we had during July was unbearable and this was the fiery sky I too a week or so before the really hot day we had.

I feel I should add one more photos for 2022taken on the 8th Septermber a day we will all remember.  The announcement that Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II had passed away came at around 6pm and after watching the proceedings most of the day it was a shock for us all. Around 8pm I took this shot of the sky after the sun had gone down, a ray of light seems to be heading towards the heavens
We lost a light today