Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.



Friday, October 27, 2006

Daybreak

This is a series of photos that I took this morning as dawn broke, the slight differences in the skyline are accounted for by me rushing up and downstairs - some are taken out on the terrace, some are done by me hanging out of the bedroom window at rather alarming angles! They are in the order in which I took them,there must have been slight differences in the angles of the light which accounts for the sky appearing to go from deep to light then back to dark colours.I missed what would have been the best shot as a big flock of black rooks flew over and were silhouetted against the pink sky. Maybe tomorrow I'll get that one. It's one of my favourite things on a winter morning - the swirl of wings and the cawing of the huge flocks of rooks as they call to one another on the way to the day's feeding grounds. It always seems to me a quintessentially English sight and sound. Even better is the evening flight as they come in from all directions to roost in the woods - the noise in incredible. I often walk there as dusk is falling in winter just to see and hear them.










14 comments:

Jeanne said...

Beautiful sky!
We have crows here -- I think maybe the same bird? I also enjoy it when they gather up for the night, calling and circling. I am a bird watcher!
Jeanne :)

Angie said...

Beautiful pictures of your sunset!

Granny K said...

Stunning! You know what the countryfolk say 'if you see one rook, its a crow, and if you see a lot of crows, they're rooks!'

Anonymous said...

When I went back to England,the thing that struck me after being away for many years was the song of the birds in the early morning. The noise of the rooks in the tree tops in the nearby churchyard, and the doves cooing as they settled around the warmth of the chimney on the roof as night fell.And, on one memorable evening as we sat in the garden, the song of a robin. My husband didn't share my enthusiasm, as he felt all this chirping began far too early in the morning for him.

Daisy Lupin said...

How beautiful, it looks almost wintery in those photos. Yes crows and rooks flying are so English, another of those images that say England.

Naturegirl said...

These photos of Autumns sky spectacular! I can imagine the emotion you felt witnessing this!

SombraKnight said...

Those are wonderful photos! It's so beautiful where you live! I used to live right by the water when I was in Washington; the cries of the loons were so mysterious and dreamlike...

Jungle Jane said...

Your photos are beautiful...what a wonderful view to wake up to.

Tea & Margaritas in My Garden said...

These are beautiful Rowan! I don`t know if Iv`e mentioned before, but when I was in England 8 years ago, I noticed that the cloude seemed a lot lower than over here. Silly observance maybe but I ate up every new one :)

tea
xo

Me said...

Lovely, I had a morning very similar to this earlier this week. The whole sky was pink and lavendar. I watched the crows flying high above as they dispersed for the day and I tried to write about it but so far it has yielded nothing.

I like to drive through the cities in the early evening and watch all the crows flying to the river. I wish I lived near enough to the home roost to visit it. There must be one near us but I haven't the leisure to determine where.

What I do see often is the flocks of Canadians all parked in their night-time sleeping grounds. There are sod farms near us and they use them as home base. Someday, I will drive past the sod farms and they will all be gone for the winter but for now it is fun to see them in the early morning or early evening. My daughters always get excited. I particularly like evening as the geese all fly back - something about the flight and call of geese stirs up a wild longing in me.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Incredible. Beautiful.

Kelli said...

Look at that gorgeous sky!!! What a wonderful view to wake up to!
Kelli

plainandsimple said...

Gorgeous photography as ever Rowan!

Anonymous said...

Magnificent!!! I love these skies and these colours. Late autumn skies are the finest methinks.