St Cuthberts Wells
I love a good sunrise and for most of the year I can get out and photograph a sunrise or sunset and still find time to go to work in-between. This weekend I had to work both days but with a good weather forecast and the option to move my work hours around I could not resist finding a sunrise.
To get the sun to rise behind the small City of Wells from up on the Mendip Hills you need to wait for winter’s shortest days. So I headed up to the car park at Ebbor Gorge to overlook the city from Deerleap.
Opposite the car park is a foot path that cuts across the fields and provides great views over Wells. It was still dark when I set up my tripod – too dark to see the view through the camera’s viewfinder.
Just before dawn a strip of orange sky was cut by a line of cloud. If the clouds stayed I hoped they would turn red as dawn approached.
Sadly, those clouds burnt away too quickly. Instead, they were replaced by distinct layers of sky. The lower portion glowing brightly.
As the sun rose in the sky its light eventually reached the city that sits in a hollow surrounded by hills. The tall tower of St Cuthbert’s church was still too difficult to see clearly.
After ten minutes the sun climbed and moved around putting the silhouette of the church tower in sharp contrast with the hills behind.
Time to head back for another day at work – looking forward to seeing my pictures on the computer in the evening.