Sunset on Solway

It was a nice sunset at Bowness-on-Solway yesterday.

The Cumbrian Solway is famous for its bird reserves of which there are ten, including RSPB Campfield Marsh. This is more than in any other place in England.

It is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty characterised by cattle which freely graze along the coast road.

The hill in the distance is Mount Criffel in Dumfries and Galloway. Nobody knows how the name Criffel came about though it may be derived from Crowfell.

Venus was big and bright tonight

You can just about see the Venus bands of cloud (if you use your imagination!).

I took a shot with my cheap pastic Pentax 55-300mm zoom lens, the same one I used for the moon in the previous post. It was just a bit of fun but I was surprised at what it was able to produce. I normally use this lens for recording roof and ceiling details. It’s not really suitable for moon and planet photography and I had to enlarge and crop the image enormously. I wonder how much better a very long focal length high quality lens would be.

Sweetheart Abbey

I was passing New Abbey, near Dumfries, late this afternoon and, just before the light went completely, I stopped to see the preservation work to the tower of Sweetheart Abbey and generally marvel at this wonderful structure.

The work is being carried out by Historic Environment Scotland and has been going on for quite awhile, two years or so from memory. I understand that it is mostly masonry consolidation to make the tower safe. It’s a magnificent ruin and it’s good to see HES taking their time on it.

Further information about the monument, including a heritage statement are here…

https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/sweetheart-abbey/history/

St. Augustine’s Church, Huncoat, Accrington

I was just passing St. Augustine’s, my old church, when doing planning application site visits and couldn’t resist a photo. St. Augustine’s is a lovely grade II listed Edwardian church. It displays many of the qualities of that exceptional architectural era. Huncoat is one of the oldest settlements of Hyndburn Borough being recorded in the Domesday Book and still having a medieval manor hall. However, until St. Augustine’s was built, it never had a church, deferring to nearby Altham or Church Kirk in that regard.