The old railway bridge at Ringwood.
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Yesterday there were more spectacular storm clouds rolling in from the west. Dry times abruptly ended as rain and hail battered down. Heavy showers would pass quickly and leave blue skies in their wake.
We walked beside the floods again at Ringwood and found the old railway line. The Castleman Corkscrew Line once carried trains between Brockenhurst and Wimborne, until the Beeching cuts of the 1960s closed it down. Now there is a track to walk, cycle or ride along.
We stood at a gate onto riverside farmland, where cattle graze in summer.
Beyond a muddy gateway and empty cattle feeders, floods stretched across the land.
No more signals on this railway.
A few pussy willows were breaking bud. Silver white against blue sky.
Deep red shades of Alder catkins brightened trees beside the river channel.
Seagulls rested on emerging, higher grassy mounds.
Amazing skies. Ever-changing layers of grey and white clouds reflected in the floods.
Looking back across The Bickerley to Ringwood town, .......
we walked across a footbridge, over swirling water, beside red bricked cottages.......
...and watched a swan, gliding across wide floods towards its mate.