Mars and a Colourful Lunar Fog Bow

Arching across the lower part of the image above is a rare lunar fog bow. Unlike a more commonly seen rainbow, which is created by sunlight reflected prismatically by falling rain, this fog bow was created by moonlight reflected by the small water drops that compose fog. Although most fog bows appear white, all of the colours of the rainbow were somehow visible here. The above image was taken from high atop Haleakala, a huge volcano in Hawaii, USA, by Wally Pacholka. 2 Feb 2010 APOD

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Rain, rain, rain

Well after the dry spell during May we now have a wet June. The month started off reasonably well but the last few days have been overcast and wet. No major downpours just the drizzle we tend to get over here.

Mind you at least I don't need to do any watering and with 2 new water barrels I can reduce the amount of tap water used. Definitely a good thing when you are metered.

Greenhouse has arrived and is waiting patiently to be constructed tomorrow. My Dad is coming over with various tools though he is under strict instructions from his wife not to over do it as they go on holiday for 2 weeks on Saturday. So after a nice lunch (his wages) we'll see what we can put together.

In the meantime I've managed to get some fruiting plants out as today was a good Fire/Fruit day. French beans, peas and a couple of yellow courgettes (Zucchini) in the square foot plot at the front. Potted up a couple more courgettes and a couple more tomatoes ready to go in the greenhouse when it's ready.

Sowed a few more peas, a dwarf bush variety called Kelvedon Wonder (first batch already flowered and pods are growing) and a climbing sugar snap that I plan to dual plant with my tomatoes. I've used 6' canes with the tomatoes so the sugar snaps with have something to climb.

And just to cheer everyone up here are a couple of photos of an Iris a neighbour gave me last year. This year it has produced 2 triple blooms and on the close up you can just see some tiny raindrops from a brief shower yesterday on the petal at the top of the picture.



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