Minehead Hands

Thousands of walkers who start or finish the 630-mile South West Coast Path at Minehead, Somerset, now have a striking new sculpture to mark this point of their journey, thanks to Sarah Ward.

In 1999, as a part of a contest for A-level students at West Somerset College, she came up with the idea for a 12ft sculpture in galvanised steel costing £19,000. The sculptor Owen Cunningham, from Belper, Derbyshire, was commissioned to make it by the South West Coast Path Team, part of the Government’s Countryside Agency.

Eric Wallis, a spokesman for the walkers’ voluntary body, the South West Coast Path Association, said at the time: “It is a fitting landmark for the Minehead end of Britain’s longest national trail. Now walkers will be able to celebrate their arrival or departure in style.”

Rhenish Tower, Exmoor

Rhenish Tower was built by General Rawdon to store salt water for indoor baths. It was later fitted with an electric light for use as a beacon. The original tower was built in c.1860. It was rebuilt as an exact replica after 1952 flood damage.

© 2018 Mark Stothard

 

Platinum and Palladium Printing

I’m so pleased to say I’ve passed the Photography Platinum and Palladium Printing course 🙂

Thank you to all at Bridgwater and Taunton College in supporting me.

For more of my Certificates, click here.

International Space is over #Exmoor TWICE again tonight @exmoor4all @exmoornp

The International space station is TWICE over Exmoor National Park, today Thursday 29th March.

Time: 8:10 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 43°, Appears: 10° above SW, Disappears: 11° above E

and again

Time: 9:46 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 81°, Appears: 10° above W, Disappears: 79° above NNE

Backdropped by a blue and white part of Earth, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-130 crew member on space shuttle Endeavour after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 7:54 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 19, 2010.

Image © Nasa

International Space is over #Exmoor again tonight @exmoor4all @exmoornp

iss051e035113 (May 2, 2017) — The Soyuz MS-03 crew ship (foreground) and the Progress 66 cargo craft are pictured as the International Space Station orbits about 250 miles above Earth.
Last Updated: Sept. 25, 2017

Editor: Mark Garcia

The International space station is next over Exmoor National Park, today Wednesday 28th March.

Time: 21:02 PM, Visible: 5 min, Max Height: 62°, Appears: 10° above WSW, Disappears: 28° above E

International Space is over #Exmoor again today @exmoor4all @exmoornp

The International Space Station, with a crew of six onboard, is seen in silhouette as it transits the moon at roughly five miles per second Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, Alexandria, Virginia. Onboard are; NASA astronauts Joe Acaba, Mark Vande Hei, and Scott Tingle: Russian Cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov, and Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai.

The International space station is next over Exmoor National Park, today Tuesday 27th March.

Time: 21:54, Visible: 2 min, Max Height: 44°, Appears: 10° above WSW, Disappears: 44° above WSW

Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Shopping for Oysters

French gentleman shopping at a French market for fresh oysters.

© Mark Stothard. Buy this image. ref MSP20100530_112648_D3S5669.