Friday, August 26, 2005

A week at Pic du Midi de Bigorre


Three members of our team are staying this week at the observatory of Pic du Midi de Bigorre (southern France, Pyrenees) where one of the two cameras is installed. So far no thunderstorms have occured in the near area and there was no chance to catch sprites. We are working on educational material on sprites, waiting for thunderstorms (they are finally possible this weekend!) and admiring the beautiful landscape of the mountains.

Update: too bad the stay was planned in advance, as there eventually were almost no thunderstorms at all this week, except far over northern Italy again. Puy de Dôme has unfortunately been out of business due to local network/computer problems.

2 Comments:

Blogger Agnes Mika said...

Whoa, nice picture! Guess it was made by Oscar? :)

August 26, 2005 4:27 pm  
Blogger Oscar van der Velde said...

Hey Agnes!
yes, I took it yesterday evening after climbing up from about 1600 meters (La Mongie) to 2880 meters!
It was beautiful to see over the clouds in the valley. I've shot more than two rolls of slide film and yesterday alone 100 digitals.
I wanted to upload more but it seems my laptop behind this connection has cookie problems.

Tonight should be the first interesting night for observing storms. Right now the sky is hazy and full of a variety of clouds, I want to take another time lapse video now!

cheers!
Oscar

August 26, 2005 5:14 pm  

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