Myland cloudscapes, Colchester : 24th June 2016

Yet another striking sunset, if not as striking as the one displayed the other night, and yet again I was racing to catch the light before it faded. One again, I grabbed a quick shot from the nearest meadow of the large pink and white cumulus drifting overhead. These were the most striking aspect of the sunset but alas I missed most of this:
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Trotting round the margin of the more distant fields, the pink faded from the mounds of cumulus:
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Then it reappeared as a large bank of rather higher cumulus drifted over:
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After that, the light began fading pretty rapidly over the field of barley:
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Until things dimmed to a pale sky with dramatic pink streaks out to the north-west:
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Time to head home, the walk involving an encounter with two rather fine-looking foxes but there was too little light to photograph them. They spent a little time haring up and down a water-filled ditch trying to find a way across (everything is very soggy underfoot or actually flooded). The blackbird was still singing in the churchyard as I walked by, and some scuffling in the undergrowth close to home suggested either voles or shrews – at the moment, given the conditions, they’d better be water voles or water shrews…

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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