Two very different images shot five minutes apart.
I spotted this hare as I walked home …………
when I walked into the garden the sun was in the lilac …….
I like the contrast between these two pictures taken during the same sunset; the soft rays across the stubble and the burning sphere in the foliage. The tree behind the lilac is actually about 400 yards away and this was the first time this year that I managed to catch the exact moment when the gap in its branches allows the sun to shine through the gap in the lilac’s branches.
Half an hour later I spotted an airliner heading towards Heathrow; normally I wouldn’t take a second glance at a contrail but the light was perfect so I took this photograph.
There must have been a landing delay as the aircraft suddenly veered right, then, several minutes later, turned again and flew back in the direction it had come.
It crossed back over its own contrail and circled round before heading once more in the direction of Heathrow. Usually I dislike these intrusive man-made vapour trails but that evening the effect was quite surreal, like an abstract painting across the sky.
I went back to watch the last hour of harvesting those oats (see August 13 – oats and ladybirds.) There was a glorious sunset and a pale harvest moon rising over the hills. Earlier on I spotted a brown argus butterfly; although the wings are brown a soft blue sheen sometimes shows up and you can see it on the front raised wing.
Clouds were coming in fast to the west but to the east, across the Chilterns, the moon was rising in a cloudless sky.
All photographs copyright Lynne Revette Butler