Friday, 16 March 2018

Aftermath of the Storm

The recent storm nicknamed 'the beast from the east' has caused further damage to the Lower Largo pier. The end of the pier has now disappeared, leaving only a mass of boulders.
 The east side of the pier has also suffered further damage.
Just for comparison, a picture looking down on the pier taken in May 2008. Even then the tip of the pier had been damaged by storms in March of the same year, but had been repaired by that October.
 The easterly gales also drove a mass of seaweed onto the beach.

 Seaweed in the gap behind the Crusoe Hotel cutting off the way down to the beach.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

A Walk in the Snow

Snow in the small wooded area between the two paths in the Serpentine Walk. Snow and woods always reminds me of Robert Frost's lovely poem - one of my favourites.

 The Largo burn in full spate at the junction of the two paths.
The snow on the path up to the main road was around a foot deep in places and we were glad that other people had been there before us and we were able to step into their footprints. The exit at the top was blocked by snow, that had been cleared from the road, but we managed to find a way up the side of the field and then down the bank onto the road.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Disappearing Gnomes

Over the last few days gnomes in the garden have gradually got buried in the snow. One is up to his neck and only the hat of his little mate is visible. Guess we'll know that the thaw is setting in when they start to reappear.

A robin photobombs the picture.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Wild Weather and Rough Seas

No-one on the swings at the Massney Braes.  Two days of heavy snow showers had left around 10cms of  snow underfoot with some drifting in places.

Looking towards the West of Largo Bay, waves crashing on to the shore.
Down at Lower Largo Harbour, the sea was pounding the pier, which was already in a parlous state.

The sea was channeling behind the Crusoe Hotel and  coming onto the road, leaving behind stones and other debris.

Looking towards the East of Largo Bay

Monday, 26 February 2018

Ring Around the Moon

Cold night but the sky was fairly clear. The moon appeared to have a ring around it. There are two different phenomena. A halo is caused by refraction  when moonlight passes through thin clouds of ice crystals high in Earth's atmosphere. As moonlight passes through the ice crystals, it is bent in a way similar to light passing through a lens. The shape of the ice crystals causes the moonlight to be focused into a ring.

However, this looks more like a corona.  This happens when the light of the Moon, is diffracted on small drops of water in the clouds, so by diffraction of the light and not refraction. A whitish disc with a coloured rim becomes visible.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Big Garden Birdwatch 2018

For over 30 years now the RSPB has been conducting a garden birdwatch at this time of year. The public are invited to take part by watching and recording the birds they see in one hour in their garden or a park and sending in their results by post or on-line. My results for this year, taken yesterday, were:

Blackbird: 1
Dunnock: 1
Blue tit: 2
House sparrow: 6
Robin: 1
Starling: 2

The count was fairly representative of what we see most days. Other birds that we see regularly are coal tits, great tits, goldfinches and woodpigeons. Occasionally see bullfinches, long-tailed tits and collared doves.

Friday, 19 January 2018

First Snows of 2018

Looking across the fields from the Serpentine Walk.
Compared to some areas of the country, snow has been light here, just a thin covering, but still scenic.
 Upper Largo nestles beneath Largo Law.

 Largo Law from the main road on the walk back to Lundin Links.

Sheep searching out the grass between the patches of snow.