Red Sky in the Morning Shepherds Warning…..


I guess many of us can recite the old rhyme about Red Sky. A warning of bad weather or maybe good weather and depending upon what you had been taught it was either a Sailor or Shepherd to whom the advice was addressed.

The morning broke with a sky on fire so best watch out…and even the weather forecaster are predicting some inclement weather ahead.  Thankfully by the time I wrote this late afternoon that forecast and prediction hadn’t come about…just another glorious December day…one that perhaps did indicate that winters is here.

The sky eventually turned to blue with a frost on the ground (only a touch of frost) and a misty horizon…


The now bare fronds of the Silver Birch wafted in the northerly breeze


A breeze that did little to move the mighty Oak

But we headed for our favourite stand of ‘bent’ Beech trees.

Once planted many, many years ago to form a boundary hedge, a hedge that estate workers started to ‘lay’ by bending and cropping the young trees and for some reason abandon.  Being left to there own devices the Beech has reverted to norm and reached up to the sky….the only clue to there past being the bent trunks at the base.



Not a bad day for mid December a day that still feels more autumnal than winter

15th December

(C) David Oakes 2018


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Rocks, Boulders, Stones

Disc One

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye 

 Stones,  Boulders and Rocks

Stones, Boulders and Rocks…… underneath the grass, sands and woodlands there will be the foundations of our earth.

So in my selection for this weeks Cee’s Black and White Challenge I take you to Rocks and Boulders from the Coast, to high Moorland and the Valley in-between


The Cascades, Padley Gorge, Derbyshire


Mother Cap, Hathersage Moor, Derbyshire

I hope you like my choice…but go to Cees Blog to see and learn more about the challenge

 The Link is here:-


14th December

(C) David Oakes 2018

Hanging on ……

Oak Leaves.jpg

Whilst most of our trees have dropped there leaves, that carpet of golden Beech leaves lie in testimony to that. Some Oak trees have changed there unique shaped leaves from green to brown. Then there are some other Oak trees  that are defying the start of winter…..these leaves may look spring like, the reality is that they are thin and fragile, another strong wind or frost and they will be gone. For now they had a fresh feel to an otherwise bare and cold woodland


14th December

(C) David Oakes 2018