Uphilldowndale

Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Sun Spot

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As the summer solstice creeps up, we notice the sun  falls in  some special places around the house, in the late evening, it just manages to fall on  the screen of Mr Uhdd’s computer, this in notable because the room in north facing, as doesn’t see much at all in the way of shafts of sun light, but for a couple of weeks around midsummer.

In the garden, the late afternoon sun is high enough to get just over the drystone wall and back-light the poppies, before it drops behind the barn

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The other afternoon we noticed a patch of sun light on the kitchen table, the sun being  briefly high enough to beam in over the barn roof and through a westward facing window. This triangular patch of light was size a supermarket  sandwich, and we watched as it shrank before our eyes, shimmering around the edges as it went. In less than two minutes it was gone.

It comes as no surprise to me that our ancestors, when light didn’t come at the flick of a switch, went around lining up lumps of rocks to mark such events.

Over the hills into Staffordshire, you can witness the mysterious double sunset

PEOPLE are set to flock to the Peak District to catch a glimpse of an amazing solar phenomenon.

The midsummer double sunset is expected to once again be visible from several locations in North Staffordshire and West Derbyshire.
And local resident Jeff Kent, author of the book The Mysterious Double Sunset, will be offering free guided viewings of the amazing double sunsets on three evenings, and from two different locations.
Jeff said: "These rare events are the result of the interplay between the setting sun and the shape of the landscape and are viewed from fixed spots, which means that the observers do not need to move about."

(Actually looking at a photo of Mr Kent, you could be forgiven for thinking he’d hidden a brace of sunsets in his beard.)

Summer solstice, summer sun, Sunset, double sunset, Double sunset Derbyshire

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Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

12 thoughts on “Sun Spot

  1. Such amazing things – I love to learn something new about these amazing places. Thank You.

  2. Midsummer really is quite a magical time. In Ireland it seems to have been the winter solstice that caught their attention. Newgrange seems to have been built to allow the rising sun of the winter solstice to shine into the chamber. How many times does the sun shine on Midwinter’s Day in Ireland??

    Still not sure what the double sunset entails although Mr Kent looks enthusiastic enough to produce a triple sunset at the very least. I’m off to google double sunsets to see if there’s a lay person’s explanation. Thanks for the link – this is fascinating 🙂

  3. At this time of year I always feel like a child again – being fairly far north, it’s light til after ten, and I go to bed before it’s dark. It’s also the only time of year I get up when it’s NOT dark outside, which I enjoy immensely. I know I get up at the same time all year round, but it feels later in the summer months … I’m easily pleased.

  4. I’d never heard of the double sunset. Fascinating.

    Your back-lit poppy is so beautiful. The color reminds me of a NASA photo of a sunspot I was looking at recently.

  5. What an interesting, and informative, post! xx

  6. I am not very good at spatial relationships, so I have a headache from trying to figure out how the double sunset works, or even how it looks. Nevertheless, I enjoy this sort of puzzlement. Odd species, humanity.

    • Sunsets behind hill, hill moves to left, sun pops out from behind hill and sets again
      Being a visual sort of gal, I only ‘think’ I got it when I saw this wood cut from 1731
      Double sunset

    • The very idea of hills moving distresses me no end. I have decided to adopt the position that you have said the phenomenon occurs; therefore, it does. Someday I shall sit in the churchyard at the Summer Solstice and watch it for myself. Although with my luck there will be heavy cloud cover and I’ll miss the whole thing. I trust that there is an excellent pub in walking distance of said churchyard.

  7. Great post. As usual, I love the way you link your ideas.

  8. First I’ve heard of a double sunset. How romantic…
    Love the light you’ve captured here!

  9. Interesting links, I’d not heard of the double sunset before!

  10. It doesn’t say what the time interval is between the two sunsets. If it is not long, then it probably doesn’t affect wildlife but if there is a longish interval between them, then it might. Eclipses send birds to bed early, so I wonder whether a double sunset causes them any confusion.

    Maybe you should watch how the chickens behave.

    I like sunshine but when we are travelling I usually find that whatever I want to photograph, the sun is in the wrong place for it.

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