November Dawn…


November DawnA cold start but no frost, damp in the air but a little flurry of early morning sunshine….sadly I think the damp will turn to winter showers and we will see little if any further sunshine  today….I may of course be wrong, after all the Forecasters get it wrong at times.

Despite the lack of frost this morning does feel like the first real winters day so far this year

27th November

(C) David Oakes 2017



A Bright Start……after the rains


A May Dawn over Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

Calm and sunny over the Lake this morning….it makes a welcome change from the past few days of rain.  Yesterday we didn’t think it would ever stop but overnight we have had a miraculous change for the better.  We better not get complacent as we are told the rain is returning tomorrow.

Looking down over part of the woodland the horizon is still shrouded with an early morning mist.   Hawthorn Blossom seems to have survived the heavy rain and is still imparting its distinctive spring smell mixing beautifully with the equally distinctive fresh scents of spring.


18th May

(C) David Oakes 2017

First Snow of the Winter….


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.

 14th January

(C) David Oakes 2017

Had to be….


Moody and Misty over Derbyshire

Well it was inevitable….after what has been a rather fine and long summer, followed by a late and equally long autumn, that has perhaps made us a little complacent and smug, we can now say Winter has arrived.

Bare trees, misty mornings and despite a weak attempted at sunshine it is all rather dank.

There can be no complaints, the seasons always change and will change  to their own time table. All that we can do is wait and see what the winter has in store.

13th December

(C) David Oakes 2016


A Change in the Weather…



Waymarker Cairn on Burbage Moor

The Heather has all but died back, the horizon is hazy, The light is lower, the wind is blowing from the north east….and it is bitterly cold…..just the right sort of day for the moors.

A weather change has arrived and more than likely snow later in the week.

6th November

(C) David Oakes 2016