There is a sharp edge to the beauty of a cold day. Lines are etched deeply into the sky by the bare branches of trees and the frost weights and deadens the colours around us.
There have been many such days over the last month or so! The cold has been broken by the warm fronts and then comes back. It is back again.
The ice is again thickening over bodies of water, the puddles and ponds that we see on our walks.
At Morrell Sanctuary we see Needle Ice, twisted sculptures, rising out of the loam and gleaming in the cold light of today’s intermittent sun. Frost is edging the ferns and mosses around us as we crunch our way over the frozen ground.
A cold start to the New Year.