Essex landscapes and wildlife, Myland, Colchester : 30th April 2016

Working much of the day so I largely missed some ‘crazy skies’ – according to my daughter. A brief trip out towards the end of the day caught the tail end of these huge cumulus congestus and cumulonimbus calvus, although by then they had largely drifted off to Brightlingsea and the coast (as usual, click on images to see full size, then browser back arrow to return to blog).
 
The last of the cumuloninbus drifting eastwards towards Brightlingsea from Myland:
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The tree-top gives a sense of scale to these massive clouds:
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A gull rather than a plane this time (see previous blog 26th April 2016):
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A hedge sparrow, or dunnock, instead of being its normally shy and secretive self, was pretending to be a robin by singing lustily from the top of a cherry tree – producing a rather Japanese effect:
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Heading off the the fields as the sun finally disappeared below the horizon, there weren’t enough clouds to create a golden sunset, but there was still enough to give some interest to the sky:
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Coming across a dandelion seed-head it seemed worthwhile trying a few close-up shots together with the sunset:
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Final view of sunset before heading home:
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Author: Richard Lindsay

Having worked for 20 years in the UK statutory nature conservation agencies as Peatland Specialist in the Chief Scientist Team, I then moved to the University of East London where I ran the nature conservation degrees for several years. Now I mainly undertake research and support peatland conservation activities, including the IUCN UK Peatland Programme, within UEL's Sustainability Research Institute. I also paint.

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