We get a lot of weather in the UK. Not particularly extreme, except on rare occasions, but our temperate climate and the influence of both the gulf stream from the ocean and the jet stream in the high atmosphere can make our weather unpredictable to say the least. After a lovely May and June, with lots of warm sunshine, July was disappointing, mainly dull and humid and August has been almost a total washout. More like October most of the time. August is the big holiday month here and coincides with the school holidays, so its been particularly disappointing for many families, for whom this is the only opportunity for a break.
There will I'm sure be people blaming this on climate change, but in truth its always been like this. Those of us with long memories take a somewhat philosophical attitude to the British climate, and learn to go with its "eccentricities".
Last week was very wet!! This included a spell of three days of continuous rain. I felt trapped in my loft, and the constant pounding on the roof was starting to get to me. I thought, think positive, and decided to take some pictures of the never ending downpour.
This didn't cheer me up much, though I liked the ones with fill-in flash capturing the raindrops in flight. Yesterday it cleared up for spell of brighter weather, and the sun actually put in an appearance, though there was a lot of cloud about again.
In the evening I heard the rain on the roof again and my heart sank. However I got up to close the balcony window in my loft, and it suddenly stopped. It had lasted for less than a couple of minutes at most. Looking out the window I saw this.
I raced to get a longer lens and took this shot.
It was sunset and there was an incredible pink glow at the bottom of the rainbow. For so little rain it was an amazing sight. It eventually turned into this.
I've never taken a picture of a rainbow against a sunset sky so this was a first. To have it happen outside the window of my home was amazing, as was the vibrance considering it had only rained for such a short time.
So yes, the British weather is incredibly frustrating and requires a lot of patience, but then it does things like this and I realise that if you wait, wonderful things can appear.
Words - D
Images -D & A