The weather has been quite terrible over the Christmas and New Year period, and Saturday was no exception. We were dressed in warm and waterproof clothing in the relentless wind, drizzle and rain on our trip to the woods to unblock the ditch which was threatening to overflow onto our main path. After a hard afternoon of raking and digging out the mass of leaves, twigs and silt that had become stuck in the ditch, and cutting some more wood for kindling and for our log fire, we were just heading home when the clouds cleared, and we were treated to the most spectacular sunset with the most beautiful of colours.
Here is a sequence of images, captured on my little Canon EOS-M that I keep in my bag when working, showing the beautiful, and most unexpected sunset across the fields opposite the entrance to our woods.
A pastel pink sky
As the sun goes down, a golden line on the horizon.
The sunset starts – apricot and orange sky
Gentle warm sunset sky
The sun sinks further
The sky is on fire!
Guelder rose in autumn colours
Tomorrow is the last day of summer, and it has been an unexpectedly long, dry and warm summer after the very long and late winter, and almost completely absent spring. The first signs of autumn were evident in the wood the other night, with the leaves of the guelder rose changing colour, and the bright berries shining out at dusk. The blackberries, wild blackcurrants, elderberries and rowan berries are also ripening, we have a good crop of apples and crab apples, and it is a mast year for acorns. These are just a couple of shots of the coming autumn plenty – I hope there are plenty more to come.
- Ripe bramley apples