Sunrise … and today we actually had some sun!!


Dawn and a Venerable Oak here in Derby

The sun made a surprise visit this morning….   in fact it was rather generous, remained with us all morning.  As the morning progressed,  the temperature that started at 3c rose to a dissy 10c.

The morning mist never really vanished, just lingered on the horizon waiting the first opportunity to return.


The leaves may now be falling as winter approaches, but the Oak is still one of the best trees for supporting wildlife….. birds and insects have a secure roost within its head of branches.


A copse of Silver Birch catching the first of the light, the feather like tips of the branches showing their winter red tint.

It is very clear that winter has arrived in the Beech Woods, bare tall skeletons just waiting for the return of spring….



By lunch time the sun had vanished behind an ever increasingly thick cloud cover, that mist started to roll back in, soon the rains returned.

Best be grateful for a ‘Bonus Morning’  …..  that said it would be nice to enjoy a spell of bright winter days 🙂

What ever the winter weather….

Please Remember ….

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

10th December

(C) David Oakes 2020

Winter comes to Derbyshire


On the edge of the Moors, above Buxton, Derbyshire

A Dry Stone Wall clings to the contours of the landscape.  Hawthorns that once grew in the shelter of the wall, now tall, windswept and bent, bare and ready to face the winter.

Winter comes to Derbyshire, its severity will be anyone’s guess.  Over the past few years it has been unexpectedly mild…. so, maybe this year it will be the year to revert to norm, with thick snows.. Should it snow, then that stone wall will provide shelter of sorts for the moorland sheep.

What ever winter brings….

Please Remember ….

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

10th December

(C) David Oakes 2020