Something I didn’t Miss……..


Late afternoon, Allestree, Derbyshire

During the Covid Pandemic and the imposed Restrictions, we all had to forgo a good deal of what we would recognise as a normal daily life.  Some changes  to life were obvious, others were unexpected, some good others not so good.

One change was immediate.  As soon as Lockdown and Travel bans came into force, our skies cleared as if by magic. Clear crystal blue, a blue I had only ever experienced in remote areas…..  the only interruptions would be natures addition of clouds, clouds that looked so much better for the clear background.

Not only that, the air smelt so clear.

Air traffic has increased by small steps, some essential flights but mainly cargo flights that had to continue. There was one short burst of passenger flights last summer when restrictions were prematurely eased. As infection rates once again rose they were quickly suspended.

Over the past few weeks travel has made a small re-start.  But this Monday, to all intents and purposes, restriction to travel virtually world wide were removed.

Monday was yesterday, and yesterday evening we had a blunt reminder of what we had missed.  A sky littered with vapour trails

Since then our skies have been littered with vapour trails. As the clouds had been slow moving those trails slowly rolled together, merged and formed their own cloud layer.

We cannot stop air travel, but in todays environmental climate maybe we should  reflect on the amount and its impact on the globe

The Sky looks dramatic……. but!


Covid is still with us and in todays climate we still need to….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

12th October

(C) David Oakes 2021