A lot of Trees…that is why its called Big Wood.
Winter sunshine casts its spotlight over parts of Big Wood, like this hollow, that spend most of the year in deep shadow. We have a saying “that you cannot see the wood for the trees” ….. meaning at times you find it hard to spot the obvious. It is this time of the year that we actually get an opportunity to see clearly thru the woods. For most of the year the leaves cast a dark, almost impenetrable blanket. At least today we can see both the woods and the trees!
Overnight temperatures dropped to minus 6c, temperatures we have not been familiar with this so called winter, so no surprise the Lake was frozen. Even this Mallard Drake sat uncomfortably just above the ice level…
Freezing temperatures have never lasted this winter, the ground retains some heat so as soon as the sun rises above the tree line it is warm enough to start the days thaw….
Short days, low sunshine and cold weather are not my favourite climate conditions….but I do have to admit to enjoying that distinctive winter glow that lights up the Birch and the Pines…
One thing is for sure….. it might be cold but the sun is much more welcome than the rain forecast for the weekend.
(C) David Oakes 2017