Somerset Supermoon

Supermoon - Stileway, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4759

Supermoon – Stileway, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4759

Supermoon

After a disappointing visit hoping to see the starling murmurations from the hamlet of Stileway I remembered this was supermoon night.  At first the moon was hidden behind clouds.  This gave me enough time to find a view point.  Stileway has some interesting trees, sadly the old starling tree has been grubbed out.

However, Stileway’s most famous landmark is its water tower that can been seen for miles and is always in the distance from the viewing platforms on the Ham Wall nature reserve.

Supermoon - Stileway, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4803

Supermoon – Stileway, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4803

I walked back to my car at Meare, before setting my sights on Glastonbury Tor.

Supermoon - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4861

Supermoon – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4861

I drove to the Street Causeway.  From here I could move across the flooded fields to get the moon above the Tor.  However, with Storm Eleanor approaching it was incredibly windy and with exposures of over 20 seconds using a brand new tripod in the dark, it was proving very difficult to keep the camera still.

Supermoon over flooded fields - Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4871

Supermoon over flooded fields – Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4871

It was so windy and really dark – much darker than these pictures make it look.  The ground was also slippery and getting up Wearyall Hill was really difficult.  I was almost on my hands and knees in the mud carrying my camera climbing up the hill.

I wanted to put the remains of the Holy Thorn in the foreground but it was virtually impossible to see in the dark.

With long exposures the clouds were moving fast.  With with long exposures, needed to get enough light to the camera’s sensor,  they were going to be blurred.

Supermoon from Wearyall HIll - Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4915

Supermoon from Wearyall HIll – Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4915

Getting back down through on the slippery mud was even harder than getting up.  As soon as I got home everything needed a good clean.

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