Posted by: mynaturaldiary | August 27, 2015

Purple August’s blaze

“What busy Southern pomp can match our changeful Northern skies,
Black with December snows unshed, or purple August’s blaze –
The clanging arch of steel-grey March, or June’s long-lighted days?”

 

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Once again, the heather is ablaze on Guisborough and Newton Moor.

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Little Roseberry gives fine views of its bigger brother, Rosberry Topping, and the surrounding Cleveland Hills.

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Those ‘changeful northern skies’ seem to march on forever.

On the Moors the contrast in colours dazzle from purple

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to purple-yellow

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to purple-green

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and purple-blue

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It is a veritable palette this time of year.

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Juvenile Swallows fly overhead, feeding for the coming migration back to Africa.

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Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Notice the short tail streamers, compared to an adult.

On the back of Guisborough Moor are shooting butts, which marks a lonely dotted line out on the heather.

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Surrounded by heather, is the splendid isolation of Sleddale farm; an oasis of green in the purple sea.

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Day turns to night soon enough, and under a nearly full moon, the Moor surrounding Sleddale changes colour by eye as twilight becomes full night.

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On the horizon, the hills still stand out against the fading sunlight, purple faintly present.

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As night advances the light grows so faint I cannot see any more colour; it is all shades of grey to me as the rods in my eye take over from the cones. But the camera detects still a faint colour.

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which finally fades as the light goes.

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leaving only the moon for the camera to see.

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A few days later, the full Harvest moon appears.

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