A 747 landing. Kittens playing. Sunset over the ocean. Sunset in the Australian bush. Dolphins arcing through the waves. A tall ship in full sail. Rainbows. Earth seen from space. Lightning. Andalusian horses. First sight of England after the long flight from Australia.
Sleeping babies A ripe wheat field under a blue Australian sky, with the Flinders Ranges in the background A storm rolling in over the ocean Paddocks full of Salvation Jane Mick Doohan racing 500's Flames of a fire
I was driving to work yesterday morning and there was a 777 on finals with "it all hanging out" - absolutley magnifico!!
Also last night achieving that Zen state one can only get to doing the pool vacuum clean thing, when my daughter came out to disturb my reverie and pointed to the newly arisen moon - it was the most spectacular shade of red in a clear night sky. Could have been the burn off smoke from the day, but it was still beautiful.
Min Agree about Doohan - Rossi is doing a pretty good job continuing the magic!
I have many sights that really get to me, two are of old memories. One of my favorites is on the motorway into liverpool just before Switch Island, written across a green railway bridge in big white letters is "The Pies, The Pies". Absoulte quality. It reminds me of home, and my childhood driving back from my grandparents. If anybody ever painted over it I would be gutted, It must have been there for 15 years. Has anybody else seen it? Another is the view out of my bedroom window in Stamford of the towns rooftops on a crisp winter morning, very, very cool. Chicks absolutly love it, one of the reasons I bought the flat!
Been staying up all night for the last thirty years in the hope of seeing this meteor shower, or that meteor shower, it allways seems to be other countries that get the main display, or I'll give up at four am and go to bed and the maxima happens at five am. Never had a lot of luck with meteors.
Mr Draper, try to get somewhere out-of-the-way. I saw the Perseiad shower a few years ago in the Ruby Mountains, the only beautiful countryside in Nevada. We were 32 miles from the nearest town, and the dark skies were a revelation for one brought up in SE England, with the light pollution. Stunning on a normal night, but the night we stayed up to watch the meteors was incredible.
I've seen plenty of sporadics over the years, used to do a bit of deep sky work, so spent many hours just watching the sky and guiding the telescope, saw a spectacular double fireball once, lite the whole sky up,and left a plasma trail about 45'degree long, was running a wide angle shot with a camera strapped to the scope at the time and hoped I had caught them ,no such luck.
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That said – given what I do to earn a crust - I’m something of a victim of “Morning Dad, Bye Dad / Hi Dad, Night Dad” in that, when I get to see them, they’re usually slipping either in to, or out of, the arms of Morpheus.
Of course the best bit is the unbounded love of a child for their parent – it’s very humbling to be the recipient of such unreserved adoration !
So yep, watching my boys develop does it for me...... uhm, I think I’ll go and have another look at their angelic sleeping faces.
Ps. There’s also a lot that could be said of the view of the dying, yet still incandescent, embers of a log fire as they flicker and dance, almost hypnotically, and especially so when seen from behind a heavy crystal tumbler that’s sporting a good tot of top-notch Irish single malt !