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Reflections on nature in a garden in France

Comet Neowise – Take 2


Last night I could not resist trying for an improved photograph of the comet Neowise.

I felt this would be a “historic” photograph for the garden, so the camera is pointing straight down the middle of the back garden.  I ramped up the ISO to 6,400, opened the lens to f4 and held the shutter open for 17 seconds.  This time gave me the most pleasing photo.

Strangely, the comet was more difficult to see with the naked eye last night although I think the photograph is better.

It is just as well we don’t have comets too frequently because I do not think I could cope with going to bed at 1 a.m. on a regular basis.

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.

9 thoughts on “Comet Neowise – Take 2

  1. Too late in the night for me! Next time, maybe? LOL

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  2. Hello Amelia,
    Hugely impressed with your photo and effort… we stayed up and watched the stars gradually appear over about 2 hours, before Fiona understandably gave up. Just before I threw in the towel, I spotted the faint near vertical smudged trail of the comet, but failed to get anything on camera, and was left thinking that keen astronomers must be able to firstly cope with little sleep, and secondly never have problems with vertigo induced by craning your neck upwards for minutes/hours on end…
    Best wishes

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    • I totally agree with you. It can induce sleep disorders too 😉. I was walking round the garden at 2.30 a.m. last night but the sky was cloudy, so no sighting, I did see a glow worm, so there were compensations. Amelia

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  3. Great photo Amelia! I haven‘t managed to see it from our house as the woods on the north of us are in the way.

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  4. Yes a great photo, especially with the trees in sihouette!

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  5. Beautiful photo.
    I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stay so late in the garden ! A pity….


    • It was so lovely that I was out in my nightie in the garden last night, as I woke up at 2 a.m. and saw the sky was so clear. I did not see it. I think it is too low on the horizon for us now. I should sleep peacefully now :). Amelia

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