Manningtree

This was a bit odd as it didn’t appear to be raining anywhere, indeed there were very few clouds around at all, as you can see…

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Looking down into the sea at Manningtree from the top of these stairs did not look anything like this…I think browny grey would be a better description of the colour. It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of photoshop – it now looks like the pool that the baby was in on the Nirvana album cover.


…do you see what I did there 😉

I nipped out to the post office just before sunset and grabbed this shot of some teezles overlooking the River Stour esturay at Manningtree.


I wouldn’t normally publish a photograph like this because, frankly, it’s not very good…but it excited me that, without knowing it, I had photographed a bird I’d never (knowingly) seen before, being the Lapwing. Now, I’m in no way a twitcher, but since I took up photography I have certainly become more interested in wildlife generally.

It wasn’t a great day for photography – I popped out and had been walking up the bank of the river Stour (where this was taken) when the heavens opened and in the space of 100 yards (the dash back to the car) I was soaked to the skin – trousers only this time as I did have a waterproof coat on for once.


Manningtree at low tide…that’s the River Stour winding it’s way towards Felixstowe…nice sky


I popped into Manningtree at lunchtime, I got as far as the Co-Op’s car park that backs onto the River Stour and so I took a walk along the banks as the tide came in – plenty of swans and even a Kingfisher were about on a pleasant if blowy lunchtime. On the far horizon you can just make out the cranes at Felixstowe.


Back to work after my short break and I popped across the River Stour to Mistley which is adjacent to Manningtree.

I had no idea there were so many swans here – in this picture you can only see a tiny fraction of the swans that are in the area…literally hundreds


Another shot from Brantham, the village I now work from. I carried on down the farmers track towards the River Stour – I was hoping I could get onto the coastline, alas, whilst I could get within about 800yds there was no obvious way through and I needed to head back home. So, on the way back to the car I took this shot of the barley being grown there with Manningtree in the distance.


I started my new job today, which was a bit of a shock to the system after 3 months of “holiday”.

I’ve parked in a lot of company car parks over the years, but I think this one takes the prize for “Best View” so far. Taken on arrival this morning – I was first there – that’s keen for you 😉

This post also appears in more categories than any other post mainly because it shows 2 counties. The picture was taken in Suffolk – and that’s Suffolk all the way up to the River Stour. Across the river is Manningtree in Essex.