16 January 2017


Sunrise: 8.31am
Moon: 20th day
Tide (for Leith):
High tide – 5.05am (5.1m)
Low tide – 10.57am (1.18m)
High tide – 17.24pm (5.54m)
Low tide – 23.33pm (0.87m)
Mars conjuncts Chiron


Wind rose, Jan Janssonius 1650

No-one can see me nor grasp me in his hands;
I quickly spread the shrill sound of my voice through the world.
With my terrible-sounding strength I am able to shatter oaks.
I touch the lofty skies and pass through fields.

Anglo-Saxon riddle or Enigmata (Lapidge & Rosier (trans) 1985. Aldhelm: The Poetic Works. p.71)


Pinkish red ‘morn’

… Once more the ruby-coloured portal opened,
Which to his speech did honey passage yield;
Like a red morn, that ever yet betokened
Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field,
Sorrow to shepherds, woe unto the birds,
Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds …

Venus and Adonis, William Shakespear 1592

Exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh (RBGE) – AFTER THE STORM


‘Oak’ blown down at RBGE – facing NE, wind from the SW

The woods crashing through darkness, the booming hills,
Winds stampeding the fields under the window
Floundering black astride and blinding wet

Till day rose; then under an orange sky
The hills had new places, and wind wielded
Blade-light, luminous black and emerald,
Flexing like the lens of a mad eye …

First two stanzas of Wind by Ted Hughes

A boat was in the slipway with its prow facing land. In one of the gusts it lifted into the air, turned 180 degrees and dropped back down in the same place. Everyone thought that was remarkable, because no human force could have lifted up the boat and turned it around.

Excerpt from an interview carried out by Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir, Uggi Ævarsson and Ævar Kjartansson with Jón Magnússon (born 1926, Eskijörður, Iceland) in Roni Horn’s Weather Reports You p.102-3.


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