No Moon Now

It’s not been the most industrious of days, though I don’t suppose that will surprise my regular readers. I have read a bit, shopped and cooked two casseroles and a pie filling. That still leaves a few hours and I can only suppose that they were spent napping.

Julia’s working day on Sunday is 6.00 to 4.30 and at this time of the year her shift is considerably longer than the length of daylight. I checked the day length before writing that, and found there are three types of twilight. There’s astronomical twilight, nautical twilight and civil twilight, which all follow on from each other and have various uses.Β  I’ll let lawyers and sailors worry about the various definitions.

There is also, it seems, a popular series of books and films billed as “Twilight”, which makes a Google search a bit annoying if you want proper information on twilight. I imagine that anyone who has a man called Harry Potter in their family tree will suffer similar frustration in their searching.

The header picture shows the street at the time we got home – that glaring globe with starburst effect is a streetlamp, rather than a blazing desert sun, as it first appears.

The lack of smears is due to me spending time cleaning the inside of the car and windscreen. Assuming that cleanliness is still next to Godliness, as I was always taught, then, as well as having a better view of the road I am close to being a saint.

The closing photographs are two where I tried to take a faithful rendition of the sky colour. It was quite a deep orange, but the camera tends to remove much of the colour. I eventually managed to approximate the colour by using the Pop Art filter, which often gives quite a false rendition.


13 thoughts on “No Moon Now

  1. Clare Pooley

    Poor Julia, working such long hours at the weekend! My husband is always asleep at the moment – no matter what time of day, he can go to sleep at the drop of a hat! It is a form of hibernation I think.

  2. derrickjknight

    That header picture is another beauty. I’m not one for filters – but the Pop Art one was quite effective. I slept through so much of a recorded ‘Antiques Road Trip’ yesterday evening that Jackie turned it off and sent me to bed

    1. quercuscommunity

      Yes, I tried filters in my 35mm days and decided they were not for me, so it took a while for me to try them in digital. I find that the normal setting on an Olympus tends to drain the colour out of a scene.

      I too have slept so much I have been in trouble with Julia. I draw strength from knowing it’s not just me. πŸ™‚

  3. Laurie Graves

    Civil twilight is such a lovely term. I note it every day. Wow! Julia sure works long hours on Sunday.

    1. quercuscommunity

      She originally took the job so that we could run the Quercus group during the week. Now that is closed and the council is removing the enhancements for weekend working I can see her giving the job up, as we have other sources of income now.

      1. quercuscommunity

        It was a good plan in the beginning – but now we don’t run the group and the council is looking to save money it’s looking less good. Isn’t that always the way?

      2. Laurie Graves

        It really does seem to be the way of things. Here as well as across the pond. Glad your situation is such that you now have a choice.

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