Here are my favourite shots (plus my favourite mural ! )
Also see Favourite transmitter pictures.
Montjuic Communication Tower (Barcelona)
Designed by Santiago Calatrava it was built between 1989 and 1992 for its opening to coincide with the Olympic Games held in the city, in fact the Olympic stadium is just discernible in the background. It is 136m high and is visible from all over Barcelona. I had to think long and hard about whether I should put this shot in “Favourite Pictures” because it`s not actually that imaginative. But the fact it`s such a beautiful structure, it is a little relevant to the site and the fact that we use it as our “desktop background” (so it must be one of my favourite pictures ! ) persuaded me.
I`m not sure if these pictures are that outstanding but the 1st of Aug 2008 Eclipse in China took a hell of a lot of getting to, so I`m including them anyway. That and the fact the event was stunning !
The viewing site was just N of Yiwu in NW China and careful examination of the above picture will reveal the “official” Eclipse site which was on a lot of the TV coverage.
The top shot was before first contact (between the Moon and the Sun) to show “normal” lighting conditions.
My wife`s sitting down on the job !
The second picture (on the left) is of the Sun gradually being covered by the Moon. Note the clouds which resulted in some stress to the crowds, would they clear in time ?
They did, but only just......
On the left is Totality, the Sun is completely covered by the moon which really does reduce the light levels, as shown in the picture below.
Incidentally it didn`t go as dark as it did in Penzance back in 1999. We were on the Promenade and that particular Eclipse was marred by almost total cloud cover, but it did at least accentuate the darkness.
It was still well worth going to, I won`t be around for the next British eclipse !
How lucky was I to get these pictures ? ! ?
As I walked down the hill from Acklam Wold transmitter, enjoying the beautiful sunshine, the fabulous blue sky and the wonderful view, this little chap (or is it a chapess ?) ran up the road, stopped right in front of me and then looked me up and down a while, before getting bored and darting off. Absolutely fantastic. I`d never have seen it had I driven there.......
Who says that visiting transmitters is boring !
Picture 3 (above) reveals the light level dropping quickly, note the shadows proving that the Sun is actually shining, it isn`t cloud cover causing the dim conditions.
How would you fancy waking up to this ? No houses within a mile or two. Perfect peace. But even better than the New Zealand scenery is the friendliness of the people. The owner of the farm not only offered to let us stay here for the night but took an hour and a half out of her day to take us on a Quad bike at the Maraekowai reserve to see some otherwise inaccessible Maori War poles !
Erasmusbrug Rotterdam. The latter is well worth a visit, loads to do in a fairly compact area and easily accessible by public transport, so it fits in well with a trip over on the ferry !
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A penny for your thoughts ? Ness of Melby, Shetland. (Link)
Just because you`re paranoid it doesn`t mean they`re not talking about you......
Oyster Catcher and Puffins on Fair Isle (July 12)