Posts about weather

The wilds of Scotland

Even after the many miles of road travel to the populated north of Scotland, the next stage out into the northern Highlands, delineated by the huge Great Glen between Oban and Inverness, is something else entirely. Leaving dual carriageways behind on the Black Isle and heading west, especially during inclement weather, both the roads and the landscape become increasingly […]

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Sahara dust in the air at Fanel

Saharan dust in the air

Almost every year, prevailing winds bring fine dust and sand from the Sahara desert to southern Europe.

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The Lauberhorn flight

I visit the wintry mountain-top viewpoint at Männlichen, above Wengen and Grindelwald, to photograph the annual combined Patrouille Suisse/SWISS airliner air show.

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Dark clouds over Thun’s Panorama shopping centre

Black over Will’s Mother’s

One of the phrases which comes down from generation to generation in Britain, which is used when seeing dark, stormy clouds in the distance. Quick online research shows that the phrase dates back to the 19th century at least, but there appears to be no clear indication of its initial origin.

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Above the clouds

The “Nebelmeer” (lit. sea of cloud) is a fabulous meteorological phonemenon at this time of year, caused by a band of dense cloud sealing cold air beneath it in alpine valleys.

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Loch Garry, Scotland

The drive up the A9 main road from Perth to the north of Scotland is a great experience, although one which demands much patience as progress can be slow. Despite being the main route between northern and southern Scotland, the main road remains a single carriageway for much of its length. Reaching the Drumochter Pass, […]

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Naddle Valley, Cumbria

After a torrentially rainy start to the only whole day we spent in the Lake District during this summer’s road trip, strong winds helped to clear the weather just as we arrived on the hillsides above Keswick to visit the Castlerigg stone circle. While we waited for the tourists to clear too, I shot this […]

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Changing tack

A photo I took a year ago today reminds me to put down the lighting gear and head out with just a camera and a pair of comfortable shoes, to capture the light which needs no help.

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Pas de Calais, France

All the way through the northern part of France, we saw pairs of cars parked haphazardly and tiny sticklike figures walking across massive flat fields, carrying shotguns and enjoying the official hunting season. (Best viewed at a larger resolution.)

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