On my last night in Helmsdale I went, of course, out for a walk in the dark. After a mild spell of Spring weather, a cold snap had returned, and there was a rind of snow on the ground so it felt strangely just like when I had arrived in January. Though I was looking…

An aurora, the vernal equinox and an eclipse all in the same week! Deirdre’s specially-baked-for-the-occasion Eclipse Bix must have had magical properties because after we ate them, amazingly, the clouds parted, just as the eclipse reached its maximum 98% and we had a clear view of it.  The cardboard boxes with pinholes I made yesterday,…

Here’s a short bit of timelapse from last night’s aurora

I’ve been editing some video together using some of my own time-lapse intercut with time-lapse from the International Space Station (all material in the public domain, thank you NASA!). It’s still very much a work-in-progress and I have more filming to and editing do on it, but here it is in its present state. I’m still…

I’m thinking today about why this anemometer up at Causeymire interested me so much the other day that I took dozens of photos of it. Perhaps because I had been thinking about antennae, and about listening, and this object seemed like another kind of antenna, receiving the wind, calibrating its speed and direction. It’s a…

Here for your delectation, courtesy of NASA – timelapse taken from the International Space Station which orbits the Earth every 92 minutes. You can see the constant crackle of lightning storms and the beautiful electromagnetic sweeps of auroras. You can see the atmosphere, with a fine sheen on it like a soap bubble around the…

It was a beautifully clear night during the first part of last night, so I took the campervan up the Strath and set up to do a time-lapse for as long as the camera batteries would hold out. I uploaded the pictures when I got back to the flat this morning, pushed the exposure a…

  I have been thinking about the videos I’ve made so far. I hadn’t planned for this, but the river seems to have become something of a leitmotif, at least for the last two that I’ve given the working titles ‘dark matter’ and ‘northern light’. I guess it makes sense. It’s such a presence. When…

Today’s edit…How do you show something unseeable? Soundtrack again courtesy of star KIC7671081B (and NASA).  

    The sky was perfectly clear last night so I took the camper van beyond the streetlights of Helmsdale and did some time lapse filming for a few hours. Or rather, I set the camera up and then climbed into my sleeping bag plus woolly hat and watched the stars and dozed a bit. The milky way…

Midnight. Big full moon. Snow on the ground. So I had to go for a walk, obviously.   Communing with the spirit of Caspar David Friedrich…           Tuesday 3rd February   Dawn Astronomical Twilight Start: 5.58 Dawn Nautical Twilight Start: 6.44 Dawn Civil Start: 7.31 Sunrise: 8.15   Sunset: 16.42 Evening…

  Visible light is such a small part of the story, really. It’s just one narrow slice of the whole electromagnetic spectrum. But it’s so easy to forget this. I’ve been listening to some wonderful recordings of naturally occurring electromagnetic extremely low and very low frequency (ELF/VLF) radio waves made by Stepehen McGreevy, using an…

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