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Comet Neowise over the garden


Yesterday was a beautiful day with the sky an all covering Charentaise blue.  We decided to look for the comet Neowise as darkness fell.

We localised the Big Dipper and there was the comet between the trees.

I have never taken photographs of comets or stars before so it was pretty hit or miss.  You maybe just able to see the shadow of our trees at the edges of the photograph.

This photograph is thanks to Picassa, but actually closer to what the eye sees.  The stars are showing as dashes as the world turns as I hold down my shutter release.

You should be able to see the comet for the next few days if you have clear skies.

Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

7 thoughts on “Comet Neowise over the garden

  1. Wow!

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  2. Pretty amazing Amelia. We have not been able to see it despite clear skies, but might have a shot tonight/early tomorrow a.m.


  3. Amelia, for anyone who is having difficulty finding it, this website by the open-source Stellarium group of amateur astronomers is very good…. it is “stellarium-web.org” and is a secure “https://” site…..

    For those who want to use it, don’t allow it to access your location…. it gets it wrong… especially if you aren’t connected by wire!
    Instead, click on the button at bottom left that says NULL or NEAR NULL and use their map to position yourself accurately…. I could place the pointer where I was intending to set up in the garden!!

    There are also free Apps for iOS and Android tablets and ‘phones.
    After all, it can both be seen with the naked eye…. and your next chance is in 6000 years!!

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  4. Well done, I thought of trying to get a photo but where we live is in a valley and so I would have to travel a little way to higher ground to see it. All is well with us, not visiting France for the foreseeable future…. shame.

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