Sunday, 19 December 2021

A Celestial Event

 We have had a period of unbelievably gloomy weather the last few days - continual fog and mist, the air full of moisture that made the rim brakes on my bicycle scarily useless at times, and a sun that may not exist anymore for all I've seen of it. 

Earlier in the week however, I accidentally saw a wonderful sight in the night sky as I was cycling home from work, and stopped to take photographs. The moon, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus were all in a line across the night sky just after sunset, with Venus just hovering above the lights of the industrial estate of food factories and chicken hatcheries. 

Sadly Saturn was a mite too faint for my camera to pick up. The next mobile phone I get better have a night photography mode on it!

This weekend, I've managed to get some decent walking done, although there hasn't been an awful lot to see apart from bare trees in a clinging damp fog. However, my attempts to find the first flowering plant of the new season in the cemetery have succeeded, and it was not what I expected. 

Was it a snowdrop or a winter aconite? 

No. It was a red dead nettle, which come March will form a vital source of nourishment for early pollinators. 

Of course, at the moment there is nothing flowering. 


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 19.12.21


  1. Your celestial photo lives up to its name! I think that is a stunning image with the city lights below.

  2. Oh to be back living in a less lit environment. Yours is the second blog Ive seen comment on that planetary alignment.

  3. That's an amazing celestial sighting!

  4. Hasn't it been a gloomy weekend? I haven't noticed any flowers yet, but there are lots of green shoots appearing through the leaf litter.

  5. You have a wonderful view out that window! I'd be gazing out instead of getting my work done!
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  6. Thank you so much all, I think many folk photographed that alignment