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Beach Hounds and Meteors

On Saturday night, it was almost perfectly clear with no moon, and we sat outside under the Milky Way, watching the Perseid meteors come showering in.  There were quite a few of the traditional 'shooting star' variety, but one thing that I haven't seen before was the number that caused a huge bright flash, like a firework.  Most of these came in at various points along the Northern horizon, and were so bright you could see the few clouds just lurking along the horizon suddenly lit up from behind by the flashes.  And yes, the Triffid issue did come to mind! 

Yesterday evening I decided to take the hounds to a beach.  I don't think Brythen has been to a beach before.  He was quite dubious about it to start with.  Beaches have roaring waves, which are a bit scary, and also all the puddles are salty (he sampled quite a number of them, to check that they were all the same...)   Fortunately, the two oldies were on hand to show him how it worked, and he soon got the hang of things...

The bank behind the sea-wall is covered in flowers at the moment : pink valerian and ox eye daisies and yellow vetches.

And now it is raining AGAIN. Probably I should have mowed the lawn yesterday rather than going to the beach, but sometimes Life Is Too Short.


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13th Aug, 2012 09:28 (UTC)
Beautiful shots! Doesn't look very summery though, despite the wildflowers. Where are the sunburnt tourist hordes with their buckets and spades?

The Perseid watching sounds wonderful - I did think about heading up onto the hills away from the light pollution, but had an early night instead, and now it sounds like it was the best display in years.

13th Aug, 2012 11:22 (UTC)
Hmm, buckets and spades washed away by the endless rain! There were a couple of small groups huddling over barbecues up on the sea wall, but apart from that it was me, two other dog walkers and some people setting up fishing lines.

Seaton tends to be a bit quiet anyway as the beach is rather gritty grey sand (hence still dog friendly in August, I suspect) but I really think I've seen it busier in December than it was last night!
13th Aug, 2012 10:28 (UTC)
Happy beach dogs :)

I'm rather envious of your light show, I'd have liked to go up a hill out of the city to watch them on Friday night but my chauffeur was away for the weekend :(
13th Aug, 2012 11:22 (UTC)
I was amazed the skies cleared just in time for them. It's been so cloudy!
13th Aug, 2012 12:25 (UTC)
Aw. It's so cute in the first picture how he's got his paw up out of the water.

And I love the seaside flowers!
13th Aug, 2012 15:32 (UTC)
LOVE photos. Your hounds are gorgeous. I wish I cold let mine off :.(
13th Aug, 2012 15:42 (UTC)
Stunning photos! And wonderful to see the fun they have. I so want to take mine to a beach.
13th Aug, 2012 18:25 (UTC)
Ha! Blaze entirely sympathises with Bryth and beaches not following the Normal Rules. She thinks they are very suspicious places. I love Az's happyface in the second shot down.
14th Aug, 2012 13:12 (UTC)
Bryth, being young and foolish, is easily led and I think has probably now come around to the beach concept.

I was a bit surprised how enthused As was though, as he has always been a bit nervous of wavenoise. One more fear discarded!
13th Aug, 2012 19:43 (UTC)
I somewhat wish I hadn't been too lazy to try and uncover a decent place to watch the meteor shower, though I've yet to check and see what kind of showing it made in these parts.

I just love the second- and third-to-last photos, the colors and composition are beautiful.
14th Aug, 2012 13:08 (UTC)
I think the peak meteor day here was supposed to be Sunday, but (well, as the photos demonstrate) there wasn't a hope of seeing sky that day. I think we were lucky to get an unclouded Saturday night.
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