Sunday, March 15, 2015

Now That's A Flying Saucer

Swirling through the air in mesmerising saucer-like shapes, these exceptionally rare lenticular clouds are the most common explanation for UFO sightings.

The remarkable-looking disc shapes were spotted by amateur photographer Glenn Spencer, 42, in the sky above Chester in Cheshire.

The formations, also known as wave clouds, were scattered over miles, producing a stunning spectacle. Rarely seen in the UK, lenticular clouds are formed when a tall geographic feature, such as the the top of a mountain, obstructs a strong wind.

The interruption in airflow creates a wind wave pattern in the atmosphere on one side of the mountain and at the top of these waves, moisture in the air condenses and forms a cloud. As air moves down into the trough of these waves the water evaporates again, leaving behind clouds in a characteristic lenticular shape.

Friday, March 13, 2015

From Sunrise To Sunset

Whether at sunrise, sunset or the heart of the day, in the height of summer or engulfed by snow, photographer James Grant is convinced that the Peak District offers some of the most spectacular landscapes Great Britain has to offer. The parochial landscape photographer has a passion for hills and mountains, in particular those surrounding his home town of Matlock on the south eastern edge of the Peak District, although he also has a soft spot for the Lake District, Snowdonia and Scotland. These images of rolling hills bathed in light and mist show the breadth of an already formidable mountain of work from the 26-year-old.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Instagram Photos You Wish You Had Taken

Any Instagram user would be proud to show off these stunning photos of London’s iconic landmarks on their timeline. It turns out they can, as all it took to produce this magnificent portfolio was an iPhone and a tilt shift filter on an app. Traveller Christian Barrett snapped the breathtaking images, which offer a bird’s eye view of the capital, as he flew into Heathrow Airport on a recent trip.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

London's Early-20th-Century Workhouses

First-hand account of East End life by author Jack London who disguised himself as a stranded sailor reveals 'chronic misery'