. . . August sketches from a two hour walk on the salt marsh
Oh what a wealth of colour and moods in such a short time and if that was not enough I was in the company of three roe bucks and a host of shoreline birds.
I arrived on the marsh at sunrise and was greeted by a glorious sky of rich reds and yellows.
The night had been stormy with torrential rain and thunder but the dawn broke dry with a magnificent sky as I looked towards the three wind turbines at Avonmouth.
Soon the vivid yellow sky faded as the sun rose higher and the clouds increased behind the distant Severn Bridge . . .
. . . but a red glow still streaked the marsh and these lovely colours bounced off the salt marsh grasses with the Welsh hills in the background.
Looking across the salt marsh towards Portishead Pier and the tree clad hill of Eastwood.
As the sun disappeared behind the clouds the marsh colours became more subdued. The brilliant indian and winsor yellows of the grasses were replaced by a duller yellow ochre in this view towards the Severn Bridge.
Etched into the landscape is this well worn green track in the middle of the salt marsh leading from Portbury Wharf Nature Reserve to the channel’s edge.
An hour after sunrise and all traces of red have gone replaced by some gorgeous shades of blue . . .
. . . contrasting brilliantly with the vivid yellows and greens where the sun peered through the clouds and touched the marsh. I love these colours.
For a while even the voluminous clouds were deep, rich blues of winsor and ultramarine . . .
. . . but before long a series of grey squally rain clouds blew up the channel . . .
. . . each with a rainbow dancing in attendance – this one off Portishead Pier.
This was how I left the salt marsh at the end of my dawn walk on a typical English summer day – what a wonderful morning.