Caroline Shipsey

Friday, 15 July 2011

Another Sunset, so soon!

Sunset from North Hill, Minehead.

Yesterday was a perfect summer's day, puffy clouds in a bright blue sky, a gentle breeze and the temperature hovering around 70°F. The air was relatively clear and my head and heart were being drawn towards Exmoor - more specifically North Hill, Minehead.

I wanted to see the sun setting over the sea, cliffs receding into the distance. I wanted to be alone, except for the dogs, just taking it all in.

It's just over 50 miles and about an hour and a half in the campervan so despite not leaving until 5.30pm I had plenty of time to have a good walk once I'd settled in.
At around 9.30pm the sun sank into the sea and the colours began to fade from the sky, which was a bit disappointing as sometimes the afterglow can be spectacular.

As I settled down for the night the moon appeared and illuminated the landscape but I was soon asleep and before I knew it the dawn was breaking at 4.30am. I watched the moon set into the moors towards Dunkery Beacon and then the sun rising - an amazing 12 hours! By 7 I was heading for home, ready to start work at 9am, and 6 hours on the phone ...Ugghhhh!

Monday, 11 July 2011

Sunrise/Sunset ?

Looking back through some photos from last year I found a folder I had called "Sunrise Sunset", and realized that I hardly ever take a sunset. For many, getting a great sunset image is an achievement, but I find that psychologically I much prefer the effect the sun rising has on me. The start of a new, exciting day, changing light with increasing brightness rather than getting darker, feeling the warmth of the day on my body rather than the advancing chill of the evening.

End of the day at  Llynnau Mymbyr, set amongst Snowdonia's highest peaks, are also known as the Capel Curig Lakes and are around 3/4 mile long, with a depth of 30 feet. The lakes are situated just outside the village of Capel Curig on the road to the Llanberis Pass (A4086). A delta halfway along the north shore, dissects the lakes.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Dusty - 29th June 2011

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Some happy memories of Dusty, who lived life to the full for 16 and a half years. A wonderful companion, great character and dearest friend. Running free with Bessie.