Monday, February 20, 2017

Ouse Fen sunset event

Clouds at sunset in the Cambridgeshire Fens at Ouse Fen Nature Reserve

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.

Ripples on a lake under stormy skies at Ouse Fen Nature Reserve
When I first arrived, there was a bit of warmth in the light, but the sun was a little way off setting just yet.

Huge clouds move over Ouse Fen Nature Reserve on the lake shore
A dramatic swathe of cloud hovers above.

Stormy evening clouds above the Nature Reserve at Ouse Fen
It soon developed into something even more impressive.

Big clouds in the sky at Ouse Fen Nature Reserve in the Cambridgeshire Fens
The sun is just beginning to dip below the cloud line hovering just above the horizon.

Ouse Fen Nature Reserve with red foliage and storm clouds
I got this shot looking behind me, as this red vegetation seemed to glow as the first rays of sun struck it.

reflection of setting sun between the reed beds in the Cambridgeshire Fens
My first glimpse of the sun as it began its descent towards the horizon.

Evening clouds above a beautiful sunset at Ouse Fen Nature Reserve lake
Completely free of the clouds, it casts a bright beam over the rippling lake surface.

Bright sunset colours fill the clouds and reflect in the lake at Ouse Fen Nature Reserve
Once it has sunk out of sight, it starts to imbue a vibrancy to the clouds above.

Vibrant clouds at sunset over one of the lakes at Ouse Fen Nature Reserve
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.

Bright pink clouds are mirrored in the lake at the RSPB Nature Reserve at Ouse Fen
The colours started to fade a as dusk wore on, and turned towards more of a pink hue.

Last of the evening light in the large clouds above the Nature Reserve at Ouse Fens
The last of the light as it lingers in parts of the sky.


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