Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Cracking Storm



We had a cracker of a thunder storm last night, I also had a cracking head ache, a meat cleaver to the skull sort of headache,  I’m not sure if it was the pain killers or the passing of the storm that cleared it, but  like the clouds it lifted I felt up to zipping up the hill to try and catch the last of the light.


It was fading fast, so I’ll just have to tell you it was quite stunning as I don’t think the photos come anywhere near capturing it,  across the valley, a thin foam of cloud spilled over the plateau, like boiling milk over the edge of a saucepan, they flowed away in a matter of minuets.

Milky clouds 1

To the west clearing skies and a sunset that has since delivered it’s promise of a fine day to day.


The trees and vegetation were dripping with storm water and this hawthorne tree had a wonderful honeyed scent. There’s a word for the smell of earth after a storm, Joker the lurcher knows what it is, I should have made a note of it when he posted about it, ha ha,  I’ve found it, it’s petrichor)


The local TV transmitter must have taken a lightening hit as ITV disappeared off our screens during the storm and hasn’t been seen since, but why is the  BBC still there? it’s a mystery to me, can  someone explain please?

Fading light


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Cracking Storm

  1. Do you get different BBC and ITV regions? We could in Chesterfield and I think my other did when he lived in Buxworth.

  2. Hello! Amazing that you are in Yorkshire (I think I have that correct) and I am in east central Alabama where we also had a cracker of a thunder storm last night. However, we did not get that beautiful rainbow! I have been stopping by here and reading your posts since April. I am somewaht new to blogging having made my first post on March 13, but I am constanly in wonder at the many places I may visit with just a click of the mouse. I did visit in Yorkshire during the summer of 1989 and truly hope to get back there sometime in the future! Thank you for all your great narratives and photos!

  3. How magical! Pure beauty after the storm.

    Certainly worth zipping up the hill! Thanks for doing that 🙂 Hope your headache stayed away!

  4. Thunderstorms and headaches seem to go together for lots of people!
    Terrific images!

  5. I\’ve never seen that boiling milk effect before. You were quick to capture it, and the other shots, which probably weren\’t there for long either. You live in a beautiful part of the world, but you deserve to – it\’s none of it wasted on you, as it might be on someone more complacent.

  6. I always get terrible headaches before a storm.
    I though we may be in for one yesterday – but we had a fabulous day – 102F in the sun. Today torrential rain and 55F, I would have preferred a storm – you took some wonderful pictures.

  7. These are stunning photos. I particularly like the first two. The rainbow is amazing and I always like watching fogs and clouds roll and roil.

  8. i love the photos – and i knew that word would come in handy at some point!

  9. Very interesting post, i like the composition and contrast of this beautiful photos!

    Great piece of art! all the images are stunning, impressive work..

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