Rainbow over Hamsey

Rainbow over Hamsey © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Twelve minutes after I took the photograph of the sun shining on Hamsey Island (which I posted yesterday), I shot this rather different image of essentially the same scene, but with grey clouds and a rainbow; the other difference being the framing — this one with less grass in the foreground to accommodate the rainbow in the sky.

So, in just twelve minutes grey clouds rolled in to cover the sky, the sun disappeared, it rained, the grey clouds carried on their journey, the blue sky and sun reappeared, and with it a rainbow! That’s English weather for you.

~ Posted for Nandini, who asked for this version. Her blog, Life Just Is, can be found here.

Hamsey Island

Hamsey Island © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

This gorgeous spot is about 20 minutes walk up river from Lewes, on the way to Hamsey. The opposite bank is the small island, which is nestled in the oxbow of the river and home to a handful of houses (including some amazing barn conversions) and an ancient church. St. Peter’s Church is around 1,000 years old, with a lovely interior that lacks the usual decoration, which adds to its charm. You can see the church in this picture (a small sandstone rectangle) towards the left of the frame.

Lone Tree

Lone Tree © 2011 Mufidah Kassalias

Sunday began with a heavy mist that dispersed to reveal a less-than-inspiring overcast, greyness. Although Sean and I had intended to get up early and go for a walk, we woke rather late (due to a later-than-planned night) and launched into full-scale brunch preparations before heading out around midday, which, as it turns out, was a good thing. The sun had just started to break through as we left, and by the time we reached the river the clouds had scattered, the sky was clear blue and the air unseasonally warm.

We walked our usual walk, going north-east along the River Ouse towards Hamsey, a tiny hamlet just outside of Lewes that’s split between the ‘mainland’ and the small island nestled in the bow of the river. Along the way we saw a variety of bird and animal folk: a grey heron, ducks, mute swans, a couple of juvenile seagulls and a flock of black-headed gulls that have recently taken up residence on a small section of the riverbank that is also the end of a large garden (yard). The people who own the house and garden also have five lamas (or alpacas, not sure which) and two goats, one black and a smaller, rather cute white one, who were hanging out on the jetty as we passed. Further downstream we met up with our five horse friends: a stallion (all parts intact), two mares and their respective offspring.

Instead of turning off over the bridge to the island, we continued on through mainland Hamsey before taking a right turn through a couple more fields, the last of which is home to this solitary tree. I hadn’t taken a camera, but I did have my iPhone* so was able to capture the tree in the warm glow of the late afternoon sun. I took a few shots at varying distances before kneeling down to take this from near ground level. Shortly afterwards the clouds reformed to cover the sun once more and we headed home in the same flat grey light that had begun the day.

* iPhone 4 with a 5MP camera, not, sadly, the iPhone 4S with its bright, shiny 8MP camera!