Sunday 12 November 2023

Light and Water at RSPB Minsmere

We reached RSPB Minsmere yesterday afternoon just as most folk were packing up their birding gear and heading for the cafe or the car park. There were a lot of ducks about, but all at distance from our hide. However, on this occasion it was the quality of autumnal light that particularly delighted us, though we were concerned to see just how much of the site was underwater.

More winter than autumn perhaps?

Massive areas underwater

A splash of bright colour (and, yes, there had been a Waxwing sighting earlier).


Wednesday 8 November 2023

Shingle Street ... after the storms


Shingle Street, a favourite place on the Suffolk coast, is always changing. We wondered how this wild but vulnerable spot had fared in the recent gales and floods. The shelving ridges of sand and shingle looked steeper than usual. The photo immediately above shows a selection of shells, weed and wood thrust ashore by the tide.

The photo above that shows barnacles on a pebble, presumably hurled up and brought in from the sea bed.

The light is often magical here. I particularly like the second photo from the top, showing a landscape that somehow reminds me of a Ravilious painting. I wonder if you see what I mean!