Last week I visited the RSPB Nature Reserve of Ouse Fen, in the hope that I might get a bit of sunset colour. Thankfully I wasn't disappointed, as the clouds were big and the colour was vibrant, which was just the job.
I set up my gear next to one of the lakes, which are actually reclaimed gravel pits, from the still active quarry that is situated nearby, and is the largest in Eastern England, and kept my fingers crossed for a bit of sunset action.
The RSPB, in partnership with the quarry company, are in the process of turning the disused parts of the quarry into a nature reserve, and it will, in several years, be home to 460 hectares of reed bed habitat, the largest in the country.
As you can see from the following images, thanks to the huge, ever changing clouds, the early evening light put on quite a show.
|When I first arrived, there was a bit of warmth in the light, but the sun was a little way off setting just yet.|
|A dramatic swathe of cloud hovers above.|
|It soon developed into something even more impressive.|
|The sun is just beginning to dip below the cloud line hovering just above the horizon.|
|I got this shot looking behind me, as this red vegetation seemed to glow as the first rays of sun struck it.|
|My first glimpse of the sun as it began its descent towards the horizon.|
|Completely free of the clouds, it casts a bright beam over the rippling lake surface.|
|Once it has sunk out of sight, it starts to imbue a vibrancy to the clouds above.|
|Due to the nature of the cloud formation, the higher clouds didn't catch much of the light, but further down|
they made up for it by turning a fiery red and orange.
|The colours started to fade a as dusk wore on, and turned towards more of a pink hue.|
|The last of the light as it lingers in parts of the sky.|