Meare Rainbows

Rainbow over Meare Pool - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4956

Rainbow over Meare Pool – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4956

Meare Pool

Often the island of Meare is just passed through to get to the nature reserves at Ham Wall or Shapwick Heath but it is well worth a visit of its own.  It was once surrounded by the Meare Pool that provided fish for Glastonbury Abbey.  Today in winter the pool has returned and once again you get a feel for the island of Meare.

As the fields flood the water birds move in.  The large flocks of lapwings are my favourite.  As they turn the flock changes colour from black to white and back to black.

Flocks of every type above the flooded Somerset Levels - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_3024

Flocks of every type above the flooded Somerset Levels – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_3024

Today the weather was perfect for hunting rainbows.  The low sun combined with frequent showers and dark skies to the north was the ideal recipe.

Rainbow over Meare Pool - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4275

Rainbow over Meare Pool – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4275

The Fish House at Meare was built in the 14th century and was connected to Meare Pool by a short channel.  It provided accommodation for fisherman as well as being the boat house for the abbey.

The Abbots Fish House - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4966

The Abbots Fish House – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4966

On special days the Fish House can be seen reflected in the surrounding water.

Meare Fish House - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_6676

Meare Fish House – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_6676

And Finally…

Another sunrise.

The Abbots Fish House - Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 804_8438

The Abbots Fish House – Meare, Somerset, UK. ID 804_8438

If you go to Meare keep to the footpaths and take a pair of wellies!

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