August and September has been 2 months of the best and worst of British weather, right now we are in a settled, good spell and it is said to last for a while. Can’t really talk about an Indian summer yet as we need to be in October or November to call it that, but whatever you call it, I enjoy the nice sunny weather and temperatures around 20 degrees during the day – despite the need for watering my numerous pots in such good weather.
The hype of the last few days has of course been the lunar eclipse, and I have never seen one properly so I decided to try to take some photos of what was promised to be an extraordinary lunar eclipse since it coincided with a super moon this time.
I wish I could have taken a photo like this for example from Canary Wharf here in East London, but nope – it’s not mine, this photo is courtesy Jeremy O’Donnell.
I don’t have a zoom lens, besides it is always better to take photos of the moon together with buildings or other structures to get a sense of scale. So I took this photo with my DSLR, but I didn’t think the moon was much bigger than normal....where is the super moon??
I zoomed in as best I could with my 18-55mm lens, but even blown up the moon didn’t appear very big, and if I had blown it up bigger than this it would have been very pixelated. Not sure how they managed to take the photo of Canary Wharf, it is only 2.7 miles to Canary Wharf from my house so the moon should appear the same size – I wonder if there was some Photoshopping going on in some of those photos online??
OK, so taking photo with my DSLR was out of the question, I don’t know anyone with a powerful zoom lens – I used to know someone with a telescope, but that’s many years ago, I am afraid he is no longer my boyfriend. Could I have contacted him just to borrow a telescope for the occasion?....Hmmm, no, don’t think so, not after no contact for nearly 10 years, so no telescope either :-)
I ended up using my camcorder! Not perfect at all, but it has a better zoom than my DSLR. I filmed the moon eclipse from my back garden, it was dark, cold and took a looooong time – but I had never seen a total moon eclipse before so it was fun to do it. Here in UK the eclipse appeared during the middle of the night and it was 4:30am when I was finished filming. Here’s the whole lot in a short version, cut down and speeded up 5x, to a 1:33 min movie – the 2 ½ hours uncut version would probably have sent you all to sleep :-)
And while we are onto spectacular things on film, I got another one for you, filmed last week. I sat in the garden working in one of the flowerbeds when I spotted a bumblebee behaving strangely. It was walking around on the patio, trying to walk UP the legs of my garden chair. I went in to get my camera, expecting it to have gone by the time I came out again – that’s usually what happens (!!), but it was still there, and I followed the bumblebee crossing the whole patio WALKING! It took 9 minutes to walk across my patio, I have edited that movie down for you so you just get the best bits :-)
I spend a lot of time choosing music for my movies, even though the music is just ‘background music’ it matters a lot to what kind of impression the pictures give - and one tune can set a completely different tone than the other. All my movies are best viewed in HD, even if you are only viewing them in the blog size.
Last week I read a post at Rusty Duck where Jessica had visited the RHS garden Rosemoor in Devon. If you scroll down to the 7th photo you’ll see what caught my eye in her post, I thought that look with the terracotta urn was very nice and I have been thinking of adding some sort of sculpture to my new garden – but what? And what could I get on my shoestring budget?? When I saw her photo it just said ‘ding’ in my head – I already have a sculpture!
I have made an End of Month View garden movie this time too, I know that makes it 3 movies for this post, but let’s call it special circumstances, after all, the TV news keep reminding us we won’t have another lunar eclipse with a super moon until 2033. Lunar eclipses however are not rare at all, they happen 2-4 times every year, but best location and weather makes it often difficult to view them. Anyway, here is my garden movie, no night shots and no moons in this one :-)
The music for all the movies was by the composer Leroy Anderson this time, Jazz Pizzicato and Forgotten Dreams for the garden movie, The Last Rose of Summer and March Of The Two Left Feet for the bumblebee movie and Jazz Legato for the Eclipse Moon movie.
I have been living in my new house for 4 1/2 month and I am glad the weather is winding down towards autumn and cooler, wetter weather so I can concentrate on sorting out the garden instead of having to water every day. This was a brief summary of what’s been happening in my garden in September, next post will be on the 15th October for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day.
I am linking this post to Helen at The Patient Gardener’s Weblog.
The good weather will last at least until Sunday, better make the best of it as we never know what’s coming next :-)
Until next time, take care.