The Dying Of The Light

Increasingly sunburned clouds sped across the dawn skies over Christchurch Road this morning

as Jackie drove me to Lymington Hospital for my flexible endoscopy. It was just my luck that this procedure was carried out by a beautiful, slender, Italian doctor.

There is no apparent damage. I delivered a report to my GP in Milford on Sea, and the urologist has undertaken to write to my knee surgeon with recommendations for the next replacement operation.
Elizabeth completed her move into her new home today.
This morning’s procedure rather knocked me out for much of the day, so I had to defer a planned trial of my new lens in good light. At the last possible moment Jackie and I sped off to Mudeford to try out the 600mm monster.

There wasn’t much of a sunset itself,

but, at the dying of the light, I had fun seated on a bench watching geese skeins, sometimes keeping to the familiar V formation;

sometimes unravelling, as they left our shores;

and, coming in to land, gulls gathering together, purposefully preening.

This evening Jackie and I dined on her delectable chilli con carne and delicious savoury rice. She drank Hoegaarden and I drank Alzar Malbec 2017.


  1. Happy things went well and hope they continue too. Love the beautiful birds and the poem, which I know by memory, “Curse, Bless me now, with your fierce tears….”

  2. “No apparent damage.” and “Elizabeth completed her move into her new home today.”
    These are both good news! Best wishes on your next operation and best wishes to your sister in her new home! Beautiful photos, Derrick – love the skies and the birds.

      1. Yes, thanks. I am fine. Have had a flurry of the routine doctor’s visits and tests and have passed them all with flying colors, so that’s a thankful thing. Busy with Christmas and work, so not able to read all the posts as per my usual. Just put the tree up today, and it smells wonderful!

  3. That is great news about your forthcoming surgery. Then again, sky is the limit with a 600mm lens, apparently. Gulls and geese have descended well into the photographs.

  4. I’m so glad everything went well, Derrick and you can have your other knee surgery! πŸ™‚
    It is always nicer when the person doing the procedure is kind, gentle, and nice on the eyes! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ After my cancer surgery I had a young, handsome male nurse! Made it much nicer! πŸ˜‰
    Congrats to Elizabeth! I’m so excited for her! πŸ™‚
    Your cloud photos are so beautiful! And then add birds to the mix…Oh my gosh! I love the birds! πŸ™‚ I could watch birds all day and get nothing else done. πŸ™‚ The first of your photos that you put in this post is amazing! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

  5. What a great lot of photos, those of the sky are fascinating, and those geese must have been a joy to behold, Reminded me of a flight of pelicans I saw a few years back, magnificent creatures masters of the skies.

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