Towards the Severn Bridge

There are two bridges spanning the Severn Estuary uniting England and Wales. It is the “second” Severn Bridge that is nearest to these salt marshes and the one sketched here. Though on a clear day both bridges are visible from the marsh.


The second Severn Bridge was built in 1996, some 30 years after the first bridge. Up close it curves elegantly into Wales but from the salt marsh it looks rather angular and sometimes boasts two triangular “sails”.


When the sunlight hits the central suspension cables they shine like pale sails floating above the channel. Such a powerful effect making the bridge visible for miles.


A September light gives the bridge a lovely shade of cobalt turquoise.


Most of the time though, especially on overcast days these sails are invisible.


Only two “sail-less masts are visible in this sketch with a roe buck.


On a rising tide in November it is easy to see the zigzag of Chapel Pill. On a high spring tide the marsh here will disappears under a metre of water. So this is a great time to watch flocks of dunlin flying to and fro looking for a dry corner of marsh.


Here is a more muted October view of teal, salt marsh and bridge – no lush greens here.


A great September view of salt marsh and bridge. Such lovely soft colours helped along by a bit of “teal” action.


I love the colours in this sketch of canada geese – I only used three colours and a bit of graphite.


But even in November the view can be surprising. This day there were some lush autumn ochres under a blue sky.


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