Visible from the Western Avenue, this bridge has long suffered from graffiti. When I was a boy in the 1960s, the then otherwise unpainted bridge was daubed with a flash-and-circle and the word ‘Mosley’, presumably dating back to Sir Oswald Mosley’s activities in the 1930s. By the 1980s, the bridge had been painted white, but in recent years it has become covered with graffiti. It would be good to see it restored to its original brickwork, but it would undoubtedly soon attract fresh graffiti.
I had hoped to be able to take some photograph of the trees in autumnal colours, but the weather remained cloudy for much of the afternoon, with occasional spots of rain. Then, towards dusk, the skies began to clear and this fine rainbow appeared, remaining visible for around twenty minutes.
The phenomenon is neatly demonstrated by Stellarium. The Sun is at the point where the ecliptic intersects with the celestial equator. Hence day and night are of equal length. Tomorrow and for the next six months, the Sun will be south of the equator and the nights will be longer than the days.