As I have noted before, I am a physicist and, like many hard scientists, tend to regard geography as a rather alien kind of subject. But I do love maps. The border between England and Scotland is historically the most important line drawn on a map within easy drive of my home, and I haveContinue reading Out on the border: part 1.
One of my favourite signs of spring is the first bumblebee. This will always be a queen who has hibernated over the winter and is now out looking for nectar and a nest site. They seem impossibly large, compared to the worker bees that are all over the garden later in the year. They areContinue reading Spring is a buzzing.
The fuzzy patch of light near the top of the picture is a halo phenomenon called an upper tangent arc. I grabbed the snap from Dunbar station while dashing for a train. Despite keeping a lookout for halos (see previous posts here, here, here, and here), and despite the fact that it is supposed toContinue reading Off at a tangent
I went to Malham, in the Yorkshire dales, for the weekend. The trip was worth it for the company, but was otherwise highly unsatisfactory: the weather was terrible and I lost my phone on the drive down. (Fortunately, I managed to recover it on the way home, from the cafe where I had left it.)Continue reading Mr. Grumpy goes to Yorkshire