I love pink! By that I don't mean it's my favourite colour. If you asked me that I'd probably say blue which is the colour I'd generally choose for a car, mountain bike, or a pair of jeans (pink jeans – agggh!). No, pink is my favourite colour in the landscape and in particular in cloud formations at the start and end of the day when the earth's atmosphere causes the sunlight to illuminate the clouds in this wonderful pink light.
This weeks image is one of my favourite examples of pink clouds. The picture took no effort to create. All the elements just fell into place, literally without me having to move a muscle. There was no chance of seeing the sunset on this day, but the patchy cloud above me was turning a lovely pink. The cloud seemed to be avoiding Steep Holm island in the Bristol Channel leaving a patch of clear sky directly above it. It was as if the island was keeping the cloud at bay through some invisible force.
A short while later as the pink colour started to fade to blue I made this second image from a slightly different position on the beach. The subtle colour in the sky matched the smoother patterns in the mud when viewed from this direction. The result is a more tranquil picture than the first but one I still like just as much.
Both these images are available as fine art prints from my website.