Aaron Kearney’s UNight16 and our trip to the Strange Monument

It is now a year since Aaron Kearney’s Unight16 plan covered the UK in blue blankets for 250 million mind units. A lovely sight.

This has prompted a few people to remember Aaron in various posts so it might be appropriate to post photos of some time I spent with Aaron. I owe my biggest field of 3 1/4 million mind units to Aaron when he asked me to be involved in his Hardrada plan where I sacrificed my guardian. But a portal that Aaron and I had a trip out to a month earlier was later to became my guardian and last 469 days.

It is a great shame he is not still here with his amazing plans and infectious enthusiasm. He set the bar high for others to follow.

Here are a few photos of the trip Aaron and I made to what is called “The Strange Monument” in the game of Ingress.
Climbing through the bracken

With this being September the bracken was a reasonable height but still manageable.
Lichens

There were various lichens growing amongst the heather.

Heather

Higher up the slope above the bracken the heather was quite thick and it was easier to try and walk between it, perhaps small paths made by sheep, rabbits, deer?

A closer look at the lichen

And there is the monument. But the flora is still interesting. The monument is actually a surveying aid, one of the Colsterdale towers built to help with the construction of the Leighton and Roundhill Reservoirs.

Heather

The view from near the tower is nice

Trying for signal from Masham

And here is Aaron trying to get a mobile signal from Masham.

Sunset

From the monument the sunset was gorgeous. But it was not too late to head back to the car.

On the way back to the car

Heading back to the car.

Aaron and Black Sheep

With a stop off at the brewery for a tasty pint.

For those that didn’t know this is related to the game of Ingress

More catch-up. This time from Blackpool

These photos are from an Ingress related trip to Blackpool that we called Tidal Wave. This was way back on 15th August 2015. The link is to a sitrep of the adventure.

I vaguely remember a “works” outing to Blackpool back in the days I worked at Renold Power Transmission in Bradford so this might be my second ever trip to Blackpool.

As usual you can click on the image to see it on flickr but this time I am going to put the text under the image. That is the more common place for it but seems slightly wrong when you are scrolling down. Let’s see how it goes.

Blackpool Tower

Blackpool Tower with the ballroom under it.

The Big Wheel

The Big Wheel

The Big Wheel

I don’t know what these things are but they make a nice frame for the Big Wheel

Blackpool Tower

and framing the tower

I could imagine the winds coming off the sea making those pipes play haunting music. Can anyone tell me what they actually are?

Looking towards the Pleasure Beach

High tide looking towards the pleasure beach

Blackpool Tower

Yet another view of the tower

A typical Blackpool B & B street

At right angles to the sea front are streets full of Bed & Breakfast places.

Stanley Park, Blackpool

This is Stanley Park, Blackpool where we met after turning a fair bit of Blackpool blue.

Stanley Park, Blackpool

One of the roads leading to Stanley Park

Stanley Park, Blackpool. Cake was provided :)

This is some of my fellow Ingressors – Richard provided cake.

Stanley Park, Blackpool

and another group of them.

Blackpool Tower

The tide has now gone out.

Blackpool Tower

This is what the tower looked like when I was getting the car to drive back to Baildon with a couple of detours to drop people off.

Recent stuff – the end of 2015

These photos aren’t a catch-up, they are recent ones taken on the last couple of days of 2015. I didn’t go down to the river to see the flooding but did have a wander round Robert’s Park when I went to work between Xmas and New Year.

It looks as though the water was about a metre deeper than the last major flood of the park back in 2000. You can see the tide-mark on the wall.

A tidemark above the mower

I’m surprised that some of the fences are still there. Lots of debris has been caught.

Debris in the bushes

Parts of the wall of New Mill did not survive.

Wall washed away

And this Flood sign caught lots of debris too.

A Flood sign

These soaking sofas are from the Halfmoon Cafe. You can see debris on the fifth step showing how high the water came.

Soaking Sofas

This Pace logo may also have significance for the end of 2015

End of 2015

More catch-up photos. A visit to Rodley Nature Reserve

Rodley Nature Reserve is a great place to visit and here are some photos from one of my visits. This visit was on 6 April 2015 with a bit of sunshine.

I would love to get some closer shots of Great Created Grebes but the only times I have seen them they have been in the middle of decent sized lakes. This time they were on the far side of the island in what is called the Lagoon.

A Pair of Great Crested Grebe

On a sunny day even the grass can be beautiful.

Grass

Black Swans and Mute Swans can be seen there. This Black Swan seemed to be looking at the Mute a bit quizzically.

Swans

I often see Oystercatchers on Baildon Moor and for several years a pair have been nesting at the Tax Office by the river Aire in Shipley. This one was splashing about in the Lagoon.

Oyster Catcher

Little Grebe can be seen on the river Aire at Saltaire, near the Boathouse pub. But this is the clearest shot I have ever got of one.

Little Grebe

Reflected Reeds

Bent Stalks

This male Toad on top of a mate was not going to give up his place easily. He kept the other away with well placed kicks.

Toads

A nice clear shot of a Dunnock

Dunnock

This Cormorant was not happy with the Great Crested Grebe being close. It soon chased it back into the middle of the Lagoon.

Cormorant and Great Crested Grebe

Quite a few Grey Heron can be seen at the nature reserve. Their strangely jointed neck lets their head tuck in. It also lets that beak shoot out to catch its prey.

Grey Heron

The small grassy banks near the visitor centre are a good place to see butterflies. This Peacock obliged by staying still long enough for me to take a photo of it.

Peacock Butterfly

Bempton Cliffs, 31 May 2015

Heres’s another catch-up set of photos. Back in March 2015 I took my camera along to Bempton Cliffs. So far I had tended to stay local with my bird spotting apart from a few visits to Fairburn Ings. Bempton Cliffs is the furthest I have been specifically looking for birds. It was a good day out.

As usual you can click on the images to view them on flickr.

There were 1 or 3 Gannets on the cliffs

Gannet

But you can also get quite close to them.

Gannet

Along with Puffins

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Razorbill

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Guillemot

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and Herring Gull

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Flamborough Head and lighthouse are only just down the coast.

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The RSPB visitor centre had some bird feeders out side that were attracting a few birds which included Tree Sparrows. Tree Sparrow numbers have declined drastically over the last few years.

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Top right and bottom left of this shot you can see Gannet chicks

Gannet

You can view the whole Bempton Cliffs album here were there are a few more photos.