The Norfolk Broads: everyone’s seen the usual-type shots, wide expanses of lapis lazuli water, dotted with white-sailed yachts. Well, I visited the Broads village of Ranworth this past Tuesday (3rd October), and took some different shots. Enjoy.
Southern Comfort, a Mississippi try-to-be , takes visitors on a leisurely tour of the Ranworth complex of broads. Here I watched from a nearby nature reserve as it passed
Moss- and lichen-covered trees are everywhere at Ranworth nature reserve. (almost enough to satisfy my quest for fungi)
All summer chasing dragonflies and finally one stops and poses. But this female keeled skimmer (I think that’s what it is) was so well camouflaged I almost didn’t see it
A taste of the woodland at Ranworth, a wetland carr; thankfully with a raised wooden walkway
Ranworth reflections: a myriad of channels serve as reminder of bygone days when the wherries pulled in here to unload coal and maybe raw wool ready for spinning, and, to load up with reeds, grain and bricks.
St Helens church at Ranworth: turned inside-out
The rood screen at St Helen’s is the most ornate and complete in East Anglia, here seen is just a small part of it.
St Michael the Dragon-slayer . . . just one of the many panels that make up the lower register of St Helen’s rood screen. Other panels feature the 12 apostles, the 3 Marys, St Margaret, St Etheldreda, St Agnes, St John the Baptist, St Barbara, St Felix (the first East Anglian bishop), St Stephen the martyr, St Thomas of Canterbury, St Lawrence the martyr, and that other dragon-slayer, St George. Completed during C15th.
And to complete the different take on this small Broad’s village . . . the church against a glorious (and most unusual) deep blue sky.