Thursday, August 30, 2012

Lomur Ship at Newburgh North Fife

Cargo ship Lomur chugging by Newburgh North Fife on the ebb tide having left Perth Docks on the turn. Its last port of call was Reykjavik, its cargo delivered from there. On the waterfront were two other photographers clicking away, obviously ship spotters, I know of plane spotters, bird spotters too, today I joined their ranks. Name: Lomur IMO: 8116178 Flag: Norway International Register MMSI: 258916000 Callsign: LATU4 Vessel type: Cargo Gross tonnage: 1,516 tons Summer DWT: 1,570 tons Length: 72 m Beam: 11 m Draught: 4.8 m Home port: Larvik Class society: Germanischer Lloyd Build year: 1983 Builder*: Nordsoevaerftet Ringkobing, Denmark Owner: Nes - Hafnarfjordur, Iceland Manager: Nes - Hafnarfjordur, Iceland Lomur - IMO 8116178
Ships weave along the deep water channel formed by the South Tay fault line guided by recently placed marker towers embedded on the river floor and with a pilot.
Passing by, almost silently, so close.

Friday, August 24, 2012

North Fife Sky August 2012

Yesterday, looking South, a different sky, high cirrus clouds with an underlay of nimbus rain cloud.
Sunset clouds looking north over the river Tay in North Fife. On the ground it's all wet, dull and uninspiring, what a summer.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pepper North Fife

Yesterday I had lasagne, very nice too but vastly enhanced with a good grind of black pepper. This fascinating book by Christine McFadden reveals impressively the story of Pepper.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tay View August 20th North Fife

Tay View 20th August, it seems most of the summer has been made up of heavy clouds wandering by and dumping huge amounts of water. Dundee looks like it might get a splash.
We had one or two later giving rise to this late evening rainbow at Flisk.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Newburgh Coble Boat Races Flying Display North Fife

Air display at the Coble Boat Races Newburgh North Fife. Once again we were treated to a wonderful aerobatic display given by DAVID PATRICK HEATHER-HAYES pilot of the Pitts Special and CHRISTOPHER DAVID CYSTER pilot of the Tiger Moth. A brilliant warm sunny day probably one of the best we've had for the display and Coble Boat races.
One of the many close passes of the Pitts Special.
On a loop.
Passing upside down. Built in 1981 with well over 400 flying hours, a thirsty wee beast.
Tiger Moth passing sidewards. Built in 1941 with well over 4000 hours flying time so far.
During the display at the top of a 1000ft vertical climb it stalled and fortunately was able to glide down and land on nearby Mugdrum Island. I was sure it would be stuck there given the soft ground condition. 20 mins later up it came evidence of the excursion is the grass trailing on one of the wheel struts.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Natalie Bywater Newburgh Artist North Fife

Natalie Bywater has lived in Newburgh North Fife for 6 years and grew up on the west Coast of Scotland. Studied textiles & surface decoration at DeMontfort University, Leicestershire BA (hons)and Art Therapy at Queen Margaret's Uni Edinburgh, Post Grad Diploma. Her work consists of collage, mixed media, silk organza and reflective surfaces, the mirrored layers draw one into the image which changes as one passes by. Machine embroidery with shredded fabric for textures. These works are inspired by her garden, they are very fine, subtle and exquisite and worthy to grace any interior.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

North Fife August 10th

Fisherman at Lindores Loch, on his phone, too bright, not in the right spot, wrong bait, sorry darling it's baked beans tonight.
Potato fields North Fife. It has rained and rained throughout the summer, most crops have so far benefited, not it seems this 20 acre or so, the brown vegetation on these potatos left, lifeless and dead. Just too much water. Climate change has affected crops worldwide, corn in America, tea in India..... How fragile our existence is, it seems to becoming a bigger issue each year.

Monday, August 06, 2012

The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques

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Saturday, August 04, 2012

Clouds North Fife August 4th

Candy floss clouds North Fife today August 4th. We've been used to a rather rainy wet time but today it really had a feel of summer.
Put them on a stick and you could eat it.
Across the River Tay one can clearly see the flat bottomed cloud dewpoint, and precipitation. The dewpoint temperature is the temperature at which the air can no longer hold all of its water vapour, and some of the water vapour must condense into liquid water. The dew point is always lower than (or equal to) the air temperature. If the air temperature cools to the dew point, or if the dew point rises to equal the air temperature, then dew, fog or clouds begin to form. At this point where the dew point temperature equals the air temperature, the relative humidity is 100%. If there is then further cooling of the air, more water vapour must condense out as even more dew, fog, or cloud, so that the dew point temperature then falls along with the air temperature. While relative humidity is (as its name suggests) a relative measure of how humid the air is, the dewpoint temperature is an absolute measure of how much water vapour is in the air. In very warm, humid conditions, the dewpoint temperature often reaches 75 to 77 degrees F, and sometimes exceeds 80 degrees. No matter how hot the temperature gets, a dewpoint temperature of (say) 75 deg. F always represents the same amount of water vapour in the air. During the summer, the dewpoint temperature -- not the relative humidity -- is usually a better measure of how humid it feels outside. It is also a good measure of how much "fuel" is available to showers and thunderstorms, with a higher dewpoint representing more water vapour available for conversion to rain. Once when flying in a microlight I was amazed to see and feel the turbulent air currents boiling a few meters under the cloud base