30 Days Wild 2021 – Day Fourteen.

104219185_3891626074242829_167675864425791336_oDay 14: A new series for 30 Days Wild 2021, Mindful Mondays, were we take time out of our busy days and slow down, breathe and experience nature each sense at a time. 

Today’s theme for Mindful Monday is: observe the night sky. Though it was cloudy on the day of the partial solar eclipse this Thursday 10th June, the night sky is still awash with stars, planets and constellations.

Though there is less that six hours of darkness in the sky during June, Jupiter will be the predominant planet in the night sky. Noctilucent clouds, are upper atmosphere clouds and shine an electric blue colour and may be seen on the right occasions 90 to 120 minutes before sunrise/sunset at northeast/northwest.

June diary

17th Last quarter of moon

21st 04.31 Summer solstice

24th FULL moon at 17:39 – Strawberry Moon

Times are BST

The full moon of the 24th is called the Strawberry Moon due to wild strawberries ripening during June. It is also called the Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon.

I find it very relaxing looking for stars/planets during the lighter months as I can sit during twilight and enjoy the warm air and bird song. Will you be looking towards the sky this June?

Thanks for reading, and stay wild!

Christine xx

Eclipse

I had published a compilation video with a short sample of my latest work on Friday but as no one seemed interested in reading it. I have deleted the story. You all will just have to wait until it is published. LOL! 😀

On Friday 20th March 2015 was the day of the partial eclipse seen in the North West of England. We witnessed 90% coverage!

David and I drove over to New Brighton and arrived at 8.30am which was when the eclipse began. There were a few other photographers at the waterfront, with the iconic buildings of Liverpool across the River Mersey. Sadly there was cloud around so every time I took a photograph or tried to zoom into the sun with my camcorder all I got was glare from the clouds.

Liverpool skyline during partial eclipse 2015

Liverpool skyline during partial eclipse 2015

David’s camera caught some pictures of the early eclipse which you can view on his Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/romeoliverpool/ and we could view the encroaching eclipse through his viewfinder instead of damaging our eyes!

At around 9.30am at the height of the eclipse, a thicker bank of cloud drifted over the sun and we could suddenly see the partial eclipse with the naked eye and I was able to get some footage of the event!

The light turned into a surreal ‘twilight,’ more murky than dusky but the chill in the air was noticeable.

90% partial eclipse light

90% partial eclipse light

We stayed at the riverside until 10am when the cloud just grew thicker. We had planned on taking the first visit of the year to Chester Zoo which we did. Video to follow!

Christine x