The Coming Storm
This is Dawlish Warren, where the Exe Estuary meets the English Channel in the picturesque county of Devon in southwest England. The Warren, the Exe Estuary and the cliffs at Dawlish are protected by an alphabet soup of designations for their various importances (is that even a word??) and the Jurassic Coast starts on the other side of the estuary. The geology and landscape around here are dominated by red sandstone laid down in a continental interior during the Permian – I was on my way, one Saturday morning, to spend some quality time with the said sandstone just along the coast at Dawlish when the train went past the Warren, and I took this atmospheric photo through the train window.
Looks idyllic, doesn't it? It’s what the photo doesn’t show that comes to mind when I look at it. Out of the window on the other side of the carriage, the sky was black. Not just grey, but black-with-menaces. The sort of black that a daytime sky has no business being.
Luckily, the storm was reasonably short-lived and although I did watch several more squalls going past out to sea during the morning, I did get my quality time with the red cliffs - and a long journey back to the Flatlands of the East, tired but happy, afterwards. That said, it will be a long time before I forget that storm!