Crow with Sweet Chestnut

Perching on the iron fence by the Lower Lake at Nostell, a carrion crow is struggling to extract the sweet chestnut nuts from their spiky green casings. Two of the spiny husks have become firmly Velcroed together. The experts at nut gathering are the grey squirrels. They are so intent on burying their cache that you can walk […]

Altocumulus

9.45 am, looking east, wind from south-west, 19°C: This altocumulus cloud has formed as a layer, so it is classified as stratiformis. The ripples mean that it’s also undulatus and, finally, because the sun is visible through the cloud, it’s translucidus. 10.30 am: Three-quarters of an hour later the sky has filled with stratocumulus. We don’t get thunderstorms but there […]

Cirrus

10.15 a.m.: Wispy cirrus cloud is a sign of a change in the weather. Sure enough, twenty minutes later on our walk around the valley, we’re already seeing cumulus moving in from the west below it. As I write this, seven hours later at 5 p.m., the sky is completely overcast and we’ve had half an hour […]