Early Morning Write Off in Stevington

tevington Mill before dawn.

Stevington Mill before dawn – (c) M4Photo.

Well this morning was a complete write off.  Following some amazing clear and frost mornings with massive golden and red balls of sun rising into the morning sky – enjoyed at 60 mph during the school run, I’d decided to chance my arm over at Stevington this weekend.

Looking at the weather forecast on Friday night, Saturday looked to be a non starter.  The temperature was set to rise five degrees and into the positive figures and the sky was set to be overcast from the outset.  So into Sunday and checking the forecast again late Saturday and then again in the early hours of Sunday, the sky was supposed to be clear from around 06.00 right through the day.  In fact, my iPhone apps (I don’t rely on just one) were all pointing to full sun and clear skies by 09.00.  The temperature was set to -1 on one app and zero on another, so the heavy ground frost and winter feel that I was looking for was looking doubtful.

Anyway, I left the house at 6.30 to get to the mill for around 7.00.  Worryingly the sky looked black and heavy and the inevitable blanket of thick cloud presented itself as the sky began to brighten over the horizon.

I never did get the sunrise and huge golden ball as it broke the horizon and began its slow relentless climb into the morning sky.  In fact, I did not even see the sun until the cloud cover began to break up well after 09.00.  That will have to keep for another time and this coming weekend is looking interesting as the arctic weather is set to return.

I only took a handful of images and most of those have gone into the bin as the lighting produced nothing special.  The best of the bad lot was the very first image that I took as I arrived.  Presented with a lovely silhouette of the mill against the dark morning sky, I quickly grabbed the image above.

For now, the mill will have to wait until next time.


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