I get to drive all over Kent for my job. Given that much of Kent is pretty stunning, this is no bad thing. There are sweeping views over fields and chalk downs, winding worm-holes through woodland, coastal roads looking out over the sea, and misty, magical marshes, which used to be under the sea.
The other morning when I got up, the sky was just beautiful. The purest sapphire blue. My iPhone doesn’t capture the subtleties of colour, but it does capture the shapes. I love the outline of trees against the sky. At this time of year, you get to appreciate the unique bone structure of the different species. This is my beloved lime leaning in from the right, with the upright poplars behind:
And here is a craggy old hawthorn:
I didn’t take photos of most of my drive to work for obvious reasons, so you will have to imagine me sighing at the majestic oaks as I passed Sissinghurst Castle. The tower is currently wrapped up in a shroud of white, as essential maintenance is being carried out. It looks like an art installation. I will be glad when she is unwrapped in the spring.
Ever since I went to a David Hockney exhibition a few years ago, I have looked at trees differently. He drew my attention to the endings of their fingers being quite abrubt; a clear outline, as if they all decided where they should stop.
Now there were lots of gorgeous frosty pictures along the way, but I’m not yet bonkers enough to stop the car every time I see a view. However, when I got to the deserted Long Length, I couldn’t resist it. Look at the frosty hedgerows, and the sky, and the sun!
The little flecks of cloud (these ones look like a pair of wings):
the aeroplane trails:
and the swirly patterns in ice:
I hope that wherever you are commuting to or from this week, you will enjoy the sky. If it’s cloudy and dull, don’t worry. Tomorrow it might not be.
As I have a few people looking at this blog from around the world, I would love to know what you see in your morning commute. I was struck when I saw the sun yesterday, that this is the same sun that comes up over Asia, Africa, America, Australia. I know that’s kind of obvious, but it’s also pretty amazing. I have had such lovely messages from people all over the place, and I really appreciate that you have taken the time to leave your thoughts. Thank you.