For some reason, the clouds to the east usually look better than the actual sunset!
The weather conditions were obviously perfect for some unusual cloud formations this afternoon.
The clouds started off stripey, but soon changed….
I’m assuming a plane’s had flown through this cloud, leaving a dark shadow showing its route!
The weather was looking quite promising this morning, like it wanted to make sure that 30 days wild ended with sunshine!
During the morning, it clouded over a bit more, but that didn’t deter the flock of crows that has been flying over on a regular basis. You wouldn’t believe how loud they can be – I’m still amazed that birds choose to call loudly in flight, as you’d think that would draw attention to them.
I’m guessing someone nearby had put some food out, as the crows landed on nearby rooftops, taking it in turns to swoop down to the ground and grab something to eat.
In amongst those adult crows, there were also some youngsters, eagerly waiting for the adults to bring food to them.
I thought I would try something a little different for today – one cloudscape every hour from 8am – 11am, to see how the clouds changed across the morning.
Starting off with 8am, and lots of cloud cover with the sunlight just starting to peek through.
By 9am most of the cloud had vanished, leaving large patches of blue sky.
Slightly more cloud at 10am, although there’s definitely enough blue sky to make a pair of men’s trousers!
11am was looking almost the same as 10am….
….so I decided to “cheat” and take another couple of photos at 11:25am as well.
I’m not too sure what type of cloud this last one is, but there’s a really defined top edge to it.
Today is proving a great day for cloud watching. Some look quite ‘ordinary’ but like I found earlier in the week, there’s a few that look suitably unusual….
Such as this one, which seemed to have a shadow cast on it at the base of the photo – I’m guessing the sunlight was just strong enough at that point to make the shadow look so dark.
Then we have the ‘combination’ clouds, with a real mixture! Looking at the Met Office Cloud Identification page, it would appear to be a combination of cirrocumulus, altostratus and possibly stratus…. although I could be entirely wrong on that!
The sky wasn’t an intense red at sunset, but there was a nice ambery orange glow to the clouds towards the north.
Another reflected sunset for today – my camera still struggles to capture the red to quite the level that it looks in the sky, but I think this is a more accurate photo than some I’ve taken before!
I didn’t really think there was anything particularly special about these clouds as I started taking photos.
But later in the day as the clouds cleared, we were left with some usually wispy clouds that looked like someone had painted them with a very wobbly hand!
Then as we got closer to sunset, the contrails started to blend in with the wispy clouds.