Frost on the Catkins
Yesterday, January 23rd, we had our first real frost of the winter. It was also a wonderful sunny start to the day…a day that for once remained sunny till sundown.
So it was no surprise that once the sun had risen the frost quickly started to disappear..
We headed out to enjoy the day, Stanton Moor the destination. The winter sun cast long shadows, and being so low in the sky, created areas of shade where the frost was able to linger longer.
We had of course to pay our respects to the Nine Ladies of the Stone Circle enjoying a special moment as we were the only ones about…so able to pause in peace.
Stanton Moor is a magical location in any season, and any weather. So we enjoyed the sun through the Silver Birch, with not even the lightest of breeze, there was an air of tranquillity and more than just a little magic.
We nodded at The Earl Grey Tower and Cork Stone as we passed, noted the bracken was now flattened and brown soon to be replenished with spring growth.
Winter continues to tease us. First frost, but as yet no snow at home… home which is only 15 miles from the moor. But over the weekend there had been a light scattering over these moors. Just a little further north it had been just a little deeper. The remains draped over the distant horizon.
Being positive, I guess with Winter arriving way past the Winter Solstice, once it arrives it cannot last for too long.
(C) David Oakes 2019