Spitfire at sunset.
A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.
Alpstein panorama (by PeterCH51)
Warsaw Modlin - Bristol
Elgol Boulder Found
I’ve known about this round boulder since I saw it on the cover of the Joe Cornish book, A Landscape Photographers Art. I recognised the location in his photograph but didn’t find this rock on my first visit.
On this visit however I wanted to get along the coast a bit to see if I could get a better view of a mountain called Bla Bheinn (Pronounced Blaven). Unfortunately the rising tide prevented me from rounding the headland which I hoped would give me the shore of Loch Scavaig to the peak at 928m view I was looking for.
Anyway, on my way there I was quite chuffed to spot this distinctive boulder and planned to photograph it on the way back. This image was the best I could find given the dull day.
Not long after this the rain came down, and down, and down. I don’t think I’ve ever been as scared as I was driving through Scotland as I was in this rain. Narrow roads with virtually nil visibility, white van men overtaking and articulated lorries thundering past in the other direction with inches to spare. I was so relieved to get to the hostel and get a dram down my neck.
I’m already looking forward to going back to Elgol and this boulder.