Dawn in Big Wood, Allestree
After a week of dire weather warnings that we would have serious whiteouts on Thursday and Friday, we awoke this Friday to our first snow of the winter. If this is the worst we are going to get this winter then I best apologies for calling it snow…..I have honestly seen more Icing Sugar dusted on a Victoria Sponge than this. It did though provide a great contrast to the gold brown of the dry bracken.
True there are some places across England that have had a little more snow than us but even so we have experienced much worse in winters past. Scotland of course is a different scenario….the Highlands have had heavy snow falls (proper snow) at regular intervals over this winter.
Within minutes of taking these images the warmth from even this low winter the sun managed to return the woods to a scene we have enjoyed since autumn
Perhaps there is worse to come but not this weekend, temperatures are supposed to climb to 6 to 11c and for January that must be near record breaking.
(C) David Oakes 2017