Sunday, August 09, 2015

Sailing

Every summer, I notice sailplanes in the air over our valley. I've seen five or six at a time sometimes, silently circling high above. Last week I saw this single plane riding the warm air currents. It made a few passes above the house and was gone again. I wonder where they come from?

I never knew these planes had red noses until I used the zoom lens to take a picture.

We got some much needed rain over night, although I haven't been out yet to check the gauge to see exactly how much we got. I won't have to water the vegetable.garden today. **Update: I marked 20mm (0.8 inches) in the gauge.

7 comments:

  1. Walt, there is a glider aerodrome near Tours...
    and our electronic gauge reads 9.9mm so far...
    the "real" analogue gauge is reading 14mm...
    which is probably the more accurate.
    The flip-flop arm in the 'tronic one can't cope with really heavy burst of rain...
    and also can "translate" certain types of wind into rain!!
    So I bought a green tube on a stick...
    and I haven't been out the house yet...
    I positioned the analogue gauge where I can read it with the telescope....
    Rain before Seven stops before Eleven... and all that...
    the aerial shots show sunshine in the clouds' wake...
    the afternoon may well be quite steamy!
    H.A.N.D.
    Tim

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    1. Cloud update...
      nice clear patch now rapidly vanishing...
      being swallowed by the western half of the system as it swings around south and east...
      'cool for gardening' weather and the weeds should pull out easy, man!

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  2. Walt, it is Romorantin I think. At the aero club near the air base.

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  3. Cool jelly roll! We saw many upin Brittany - fields of jelly rolls, and a few regular bales. Glad you got some sleep! And some rain!

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  4. tim, we just have the green tube on a stick. Except the stick broke, so new we have the green tube in a hole in the ground.

    christine r., thanks. I wondered about that.

    christine, jelly rolls! LOL. I used to call them chick peas.

    gosia, thanks!

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  5. We see gliders from time to time, mostl quite a long way west of us. There's a gliding club somewhere near le Louroux. I remember them complaining that the people who resurfaced their runway had left ridges in it.

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