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Late afternoon on Wilverley Plain

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

A walk around Wilverley Plain and Markway Inclosure.

Sun behind Scots Pine

Wilverley Plain is home to some huge Scots Pines. When grown in close proximity they grow tall and straight, but when not surrounded by others, they turn into truly majestic trees. Here high cirrus clouds seem to create a halo around the tree.

Crab apple blossom

I love crab apple blossom, it reminds me of seaside rock, white shot through with pink.

Dung beetle

On the path in Markway Inclosure, we find this little chap, scurrying across the path in search of some dung!

Plane over Wilverley

Wilverley Plain seems to be on the flight path for Bournemouth Airport, just in time to catch the 6.21.

Sunset with cirrus clouds

As the sun drops towards the horizon, the cirrus clouds, the highest of all clouds consisting of ice crystals, make it appear that the sun is smoking.

Path out of Duck Hole

The valley between Markway Inclosure and Wilverley Plain is rather pleasingly known as Duck Hole Bog, with the bridge where we cross simply marked on the map as Duck Hole. As we head up the path away from the bridge, everything is lit with a glow by the sun.

Gorse

Gorse flowers against the sunset.

Cirrus Floccus

I believe these are Cirrus Floccus clouds, little bits of fleece with the ice crystals falling from them. Just doing my duty as a fully paid up member of the Cloud Appreciation Society! 😉

The sun is setting behind a denser layer of cloud...

The sun is setting behind a denser layer of cloud…

...I think that may be the start of a rare phenomenon known as Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud. Wave like formations blown by the wind

…I think that may be the start of a rare phenomenon known as Kelvin-Helmholtz cloud. Wave like formations blown by the wind.


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