My second evening walk in a week had similar cloud cover to the first – that thinned around sunset to make a few well placed breaks. The first two sunset images were taken just 7 minutes apart demonstrating just how rapidly light and cloud can change, particularly around sunset (and sunrise). The first encompasses a much wider field of view than the second, around 120˚ compared with about 75˚. The third was taken 15 minutes after sunset showing very different lighting from the second which was taken 32 minutes earlier.
The summer solstice and a full moon – on the same day! The coincidence of these two astronomical events is far from common. This is the last one I’ll ever see … the next occurs in the year 2062, 46 years hence. I’d been hoping that the evening would be clear enough for me to capture the moonrise. In the event there was plenty of cloud around obscuring the actual moonrise at 9:12pm. But 50 minutes later, well into dusk, the cloud had thinned sufficiently allowing me to take a few shots. The full moon in June is known by a number of names around the world including Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Flower Moon, Horses Moon, Dyad Moon, Planting Moon.
As I came off the hill about 10am the first of just a few rays of sun penetrated the dank misty cloud. Bredon Hill had its head in the clouds throughout today’s hike providing a photographer’s delight of soft misty light. I chose my time well today as the cloud lifted soon after I finished.
Hot and hazy characterised today’s short walk during the heat of the day. The Malvern Hills were out of sight in the haze and the air was alive with bugs. Since I was last on Bredon Hill almost a month ago the changes most obvious are the greening of everything and the tree canopies are now dense rather than sparse as they were in early May … and no mud.