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A Gentle Dark Comes…

Now and again something quite special happens on the Norfolk Broads in the late evening…  The time, after the sun has set, but before it is completely dark, is sometimes referred to as gloaming and is perhaps not when most people would think of getting out into the great outdoors, but we should because it’s a wonderful time to be alive in nature…

Looking over the barley field, I watch as the sun falls behind nearby trees and realise it’s too late to get the sunset photo I’d hoped for.  Yet darkness comes slowly on these long summer evenings and the air is thick with sound and colour.  To my left a Robin sings towards a sky of deepening blues and golds.  I continue on to the river.  This day is not yet done…

The sun sets behind a barley field

The sun sets over a Norfolk barley field

I feel myself relaxing as I reach the staithe at How Hill.   Cirrus clouds, passing high overhead, are illuminated from underneath by a sun that has long since set.  Their rosy hue and wispy filaments are reflected in the calm water of the river…  I whisper to myself  ‘I should do this more often…’

Reflections in the calm waters of the River Ant

Out on the marshes, as day gives way to night, a mist rises, seemingly drawn towards the last embers of daylight.  This is the Norfolk Broads- the magical waterland – that makes my heart sing and my soul rejoice.  A timeless view across an ancient landscape beckons me to stay…  I wish I could…

A mist forms over the marshes at Horning…


 

 

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