June 2012 Floods
It is hard to put into words the weather we have had this last month. Our weather station recorder said we had had 345 mm of rain, though i find this hard to believe as this is over a foot in old money. I know it did say that on the 28th we had over 100mm. The reservoir built below kielder down the Tyne valley was built in an area of high rainfall so we should expect it but this has been exceptional.
Just as it is hard to put the month into words, so it is hard to choose which images conjure up the month. Part of the problem has been the light levels – grey to very dark seems to be the norm.
June 2012 Floods
Being so dark due to lack of light and having a fast moving subject meant that this was taken at ISO 3200 for speed and f5.6 to try and get as much light as possible. Hopefully it captures some element of the speed and force of the water.
Moving a bit further along, whilst trying not to get to soaked I came across this tree that had come down due to the force of the water and it was acting as a natural dam.
June 2012 Floods
For this final image as the light had improved and the water was not moving so fast it allowing me to step down the ISO to 100 – still f5 to try and get as much light in. Normally in the summer this watercourse could be easily jumped, and the bridge is there just to stop walkers getting their feet wet. At the time of taking it was solid water spreading across the field in the distance towards the far trees.
The only good thing about the rain is that the water levels go down nearly as fast as they rise up.
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Kintra Farm Isle of Islay
For our first free set of wallpapers we thought it would be good to have an image that reminds us of this summer, even if it is currently grey and bucketing with rain out side, and not like summer at all. We were fortunate enough to be staying on a converted barn at Kintra Farm on the Isle of Isaly recently, which covered the period of the Jubilee bank holiday celebrations.
The farm where we were staying is visible at the top of the image.
Islay Beach from Kintra Farm
On the Monday the weather was fantastic and we had been for a long and enjoyable walk along the beach – miles and miles of sand, sea and very few people.
The evening remained fine and the sky lit up with the most fantastic sunset. We were half watching the sunset and half watching the Jubilee concert on TV when a massive ball of fire erupted on top of the hill across the bay.
Islay Jubilee Beacon
The people lighting the beacon must have added large amounts of fire lighter as the flames initially must have been 10-20 metres high. Even though it was a good few miles away I managed to get several good shots of it, using the 500mm telephoto lens.
Islay sunset with beacon on left
The beacon continued to burn for some time, but the flames were no real competition for natures show, that just covered the whole horizon
The beacon can be seen on the left hand side of the picture, with the smoke going up into the sky.
July 2012 wallpaper
Out of the selection of pictures we had taken of the beacon and the sunset, we have chose this as the final one for the wallpaper.
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