Today was a treat for two reasons: we had both a sunrise and sunset, and I was actually up and out of the house in time to see both.
I can’t think of many reasons to enjoy the short winter days, but for a lay-in-bed like me I at least get to see some decent sunrises. I was out of the house at 8.00am. I missed the blazing orange of first sunrise of course, but I enjoyed my early morning walk nonetheless. And for all you early starters out there, just think on this: I was up before the birds.
It was only once the sun was above the horizon at around 8.30am that the birds became noticeable. A large flock of goldfinches was gathering along a row of front gardens. Only a few hundred yards from my own house, but none of these birds visit me!
During the day the ice and snow started to melt – at last! Most of the icicles have gone but the thaw has only just begun. The reed buntings were back, and so were the yellowhammers. I think I saw three, and finally I got a photo. Not the best I grant you, but evidence they really are visiting.
The light started to fade at 2.00pm. I was treated to rows of fluffy white altocumulus clouds. By 3.00pm the sun was starting to set. Altocumulus make lovely sunsets, and this afternoon was no exception. A real treat!