Day 657 – Webcams

We’ve covered the Isle of Man webcams quite extensively on here, not least when some kind soul popped out into the cold to wipe down one of the lenses for me, using – it turned out – a duster on a pole.

Amazing.

Well, now I’ve stumbled across a channel on Youtube on which you can watch some South African (actually exclusively Western Cape) webcams – live.
Strand, Clifton, Ceres, Milnerton and Muizenbeagle are all represented with impressive HD feeds:

…(albeit occasional wonky horizons), and so you can check out the surf, the chicks and the fynbos from the comfort of your home.

Click through to their website and you can view other places like Durban, Pretoria, Kruger National Park and even Tau Lodge where we went, back in… (yikes)… 2007!

Happy viewing, viewers!

Day 148 – Fire view

I found a network of webcams in California (and up the rest of the west coast of the US) which are used for checking out wildfires. You can view them anytime, even when there aren’t wildfires. They look out right across a lot of the countryside and so you can see for miles and miles.

However, when I looked at them yesterday, there were some wildfires. (Spoiler: that’s actually why I was looking at them.) And one of them wasn’t miles and miles away.

One of them was actually very close to one of the cameras:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the feed from this camera just north of Santa Cruz had gone down. This was the last image that was seen from it – some 6 hours before I visited the site.

But if the fire crews were wondering where they needed to be to fight the fires, well… it really is right here.

 

(That’s… er… here.)

But how inaccessible?

Remember this post, when I asked the owners of a small cafe in the Isle of Man to please clean the lens of a webcam near their premises?

I was told:

We’ll have a go…. it’s not exactly accessible but we’ll give it a whirl.

And they did, and it worked.

My dad mentioned it to his friend on the Isle of Man:

I told Carol about the web cam. She asked Alan Clucas to mention it.

And this being the Isle of Man, there was suddenly more information available:

Further to this – they used a duster on a pole to reach it – Alan asked them about it when he delivered their spuds yesterday!

So, not just friendly and helpful, but also displaying some impressive ingenuity and serving great local produce!

What’s not to like?

Sound Cafe Request

You’ll need to know a few things for this blog post:

1. There’s a place on the Isle of Man called The Sound. There’s a cafe there.
2. On the cafe building is a webcam, which one can view through the Manx Radio Webcams page (it’s the one on the bottom left, between Port Erin and Port St Mary).
3. It was very hot in Cape Town yesterday, and very cold in the Isle of Man. I wanted to apply this principle. But the webcam lens was very dirty (sea spray, rain, sleet etc).

Problem.

Or was it? Because I dropped the cafe a quick message on Facebook:

Fastyr mie from Cape Town, South Africa. It’s 40-odd degrees here and I’m craving something cooler. I recognise that it’s pretty chilly there today and I’m not sure how accessible it is, but if you could give the webcam lens a quick wipe, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

(Fastyr mie being Manx gaelic for Good Afternoon – I can like to be locally polite in my salutations.)

And almost instantaneously, got this back:

We’ll have a go…. it’s not exactly accessible but we’ll give it a whirl ?

That, I think I am right in saying, is the spirit.

And they did it too, before responding again:

Marginally better… ?

But it was actually much better:

Allowing me not only to see the drama of the waves crashing onto Kitterland, but even the (rather less dramatic) Stena Precision en route to Belfast from Birkenhead (on the horizon, far left).

And yes, there’s still a bit of muck in the corners, but the weather is clearly a bit wild there at the moment and like they said, the webcam is “not exactly accessible”.

All in all, a great effort and really amazing service.

Manx Radio Webcams

A couple of the Manx Radio Webcams have been replaced with new, shiny webcams with better resolution, and it means that the views across Douglas Bay are tugging at my heartstrings with even greater force than previously.

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Yes, it’s grey, cold and stormy, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t want to be (suitably clothed and) wandering along the clifftops there.

There are webcams in Douglas, Peel and up at the Bungalow and you can view them all here.