Posted by: Ross Gardner | December 13, 2013

A Sunset of Two Halves

A Sunset of Two Halves.  Copyright 2013 Ross Gardner

A Sunset of Two Halves. Copyright 2013 Ross Gardner

The sun goes down over a marshland vista beside the Essex shore of the Thames Estuary.  Giant cranes and towering chimneys dominate the horizon, yet the marshes below teem during the winter.  With wheeling flocks of Lapwing and Wigeon by the hundred grazing the rugged turf.  With Shoveler dabbling the floods and Pochard diving in the deeper water of the fleets.  With the small sounds of Meadow Pipit, Stonechat and Linnet.  And the last light will always see gulls streaming in their thousands, eastwards to roost.

The signs of industry are always present, but at times so easy to ignore.

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