Wednesday, 30 October 2013

At the dying of the sun

Sunset, Petworth Park (West Sussex) October 30th 2013.
Flocks of jewelled Goldfinch twitter and swirl in the high branches of lake-side Linden trees. They flit to the ground, like autumn leaves blown from the whispering trees. Beneath the Chestnut trees a carpet of spiky cases and glossy plump nuts. The park is growing misty and shadows are long. The distant downs are turning a moody purple and clouds scud, break, regroup, shadow the sun. Against the sky of sepia clouds and golden light, a windhover hangs, falcon-gaze watching for betraying movement of small mammal prey in the tussocky grass.

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