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Continuing a theme from the old forum.
This is a sculpture in Kimmeridge Bay by Sir Antony Gormley (one of five new ones in the UK, q.v.) This photo comes across to me brilliantly as a cloudspotter – if you google the sculpture and get a close up it is mere iron blocks, something else.
President Obama cloudspotting whilst apparently listening to Chancellor Merkel
An elderly neighbour fell down her front step on to a tarmac path; she was not badly hurt but while we were waiting for the emergency services I stood behind her so that she could lean back against my legs. As I mentioned to her and her sister, the casualty was looking at the garage wall whilst I had a lovely view of the CH1 (*) type western sky on a balmy afternoon.
* For CH1 see pages 89 – 92:
International Cloud Atlas
Volume II (pictures) (10mb). The List of Plates appears at the end.
* Or also for CH1 see page 31 (hardcopy, slightly different in PDF):
He set the alarm for 3am to spot these clouds.
These birds were watching the pleasant skies of a setting sun. Don’t know what they are – we don’t (thanks CAS for adding the apostrophe) see starlings these days, jackdaws and blackbirds yes but not normally in such numbers
I don’t often hear the cackle and caw of a rookery. But outside my house a couple of days back I did at 1730 hours (sunset was 1749 hours). I looked up and there were several tens of birds swirling around for thirty seconds in a disorderly manner (unlike the precision of a murmuration) perhaps waiting for a few stragglers.
I wonder, could my picture above be of rooks? Too quiet, I suspect.
P.S. Small world indeed, Michael. Wicki tells me the F-15 has a radar made by Raytheon, and Raytheon it was who made the Amana fridge/freezer I bought in 11/96.
When I first saw this cloudspotter I assumed she was waving to beams or rays; but perhaps to the majesty of Cumulus.
There is a surfer at sunset/sunrise about 8 pictures down.
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