Monthly Archives: November 2014

Storms and rainbows, part two

photo of a ghostly dog on the hill

rare sighting of a ghost dog

Where the hill turned a corner the sunny blue skies and white clouds met the murky purple-grey of the approaching storm. At this critical point the light seemed unreal and a ghost dog was sitting by the bracken, glowing palely with gravity-defying ears.

A join in the sky far overhead showed blue skies meeting darkness.

photo of sun and storm over the hill

the two weathers collide

Looking south it seemed the inhabitants of cloud land had taken against the hills below and plunged them into deep gloom.

photo of a break in the clouds

the heavens opening

Looking north a rainbow still shone faintly, contrasting with the darkness of the hills.

photo of rainbow and dark hills

rainbow against dark hills

The light on the fell was beautiful but it seemed a good idea to hurry home before the clouds overwhelmed us.

photo showing light on the hill

light and colour on the fell

We took one last look at cloud land, which still seemed like something out of Studio Ghibli, and I resisted the impulse to wave.

photo of cloud formation

a last look at the land in the clouds

Running home before the rain I spoke to another walker, or rather raved, about how wonderful the clouds had been. I appeared so overcome that he assumed I must be someone visiting the area for the first time. Apparently Henry Miller said: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” Maybe painting and the need to look at things keenly has taken me to the place where one remains slightly unhinged but it does make every day incredibly interesting.

Storms and rainbows: a story in pictures

image of landscape-like formation in the clouds

a landscape in the clouds

Today we saw some amazing sights on our walk – what looked like another landscape in the clouds became visible when bad weather stirred up the air.

We walked in the sun but each time we looked back we could see that a storm was approaching.

photo of bad weather approaching across the hills

don’t look back!

Ahead were blue sky and clouds with strong shapes making their own compositions with the angles of the hill.

photo of cloud shapes and hill angles

cloud shapes and hill angles

In the western sky the clouds seemed to be scurrying upwards as if they were in danger of being dragged down into the sea.

photo of cloud pattern

scurrying clouds

We met some velvety fell ponies who followed us in a friendly fashion for a while.

photo of fell ponies

wild, hairy fell ponies

But every time we looked east there were dark clouds looming.

photo of gathering clouds

clouds are gathering, stalking us from the east

And the ponies were on the move. Maybe they wanted company or perhaps they didn’t like the look of the weather behind us either.

photo of ponies approaching from afar

the ponies are coming

Round the corner looking north a rainbow was gathering its colours over the hills

image of rainbow over hills

a rainbow starts to form in the centre of the view

To be continued …