Wednesday 18 July 2012

Moth trapping - Brede High Woods

Last weekend we went to join some friends from Rother Guardians moth trapping in Brede High Woods. We just went for the first couple of hours, to catch up with everyone before it got dark, and then to see the first batch of moths identified. Here's a few of them... (thanks to Heather for the IDs...)

This one's a Clouded Border - I've seen these before in our own woodland:

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Here's a view of a trap in the distance - they really do make the woodland look strange!
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This one's a Purple Clay, not one I've seen before:
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A Swallow-tailed moth:
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Two Marbled White Spots:
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A Common White Wave:
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And now on to the micro-moths - these are only roughly identified, there's not enough detail to see exactly which type they are... This one's a Tortrix:
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Two of a Scoparia-Eudonia:
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As always, there are a few imposters in the traps...
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Finally, here's a couple from our own woodland. First, a Silver Y, which is a day-flying moth:
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This one saw it was being watched and started vibrating its wings, presumably to warm up in case it needed to make a quick escape...
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And finally, not a moth, but a Large Skipper butterfly - we've not seen these so often in the woods.
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Olympic Torch in Rye!

The Torch came through Rye today, and the crowds turned out to watch... Here's a video - don't blink, or you'll miss the torch! Fortunately we had a good parade from the local schools to follow it, so there was something for the crowds to see. Pictures follow the video...

Here's the kids getting ready to join the parade:
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The town crier was there too:
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and of course lots of corporate sponsors, who've paid for under 10% of the games...
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The local fire service were standing ready:
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And there were some suspicious people in grey tracksuits hanging around:
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Of course, you can't do something like this in Rye without causing traffic chaos:
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Here's a few shots Tracy took - she was in the parade itself, with her school:





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Monday 16 July 2012

Rain storm timelapse video

Just a quick one - thought I'd try getting some timelapse video of storms with all this British 'summer' weather we're having...

I did this one by recording HD video using the GoPro and then using Virtual Dub to decimate it, resulting in 100x speedup. It's slower than using stills, and lower resolution, but gives you complete flexibility on frame rate and speedup. I'll be on the lookout for some more storms...


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