Sunday, 2 January 2011

Fleeting Winter sunshine

It has been a grey, dismal January and cold with it. Not walking or cycling weather really. But when the sun has made a rare appearance, we too have emerged blinking, like pale grubs. Shall we wander down this mossy path and climb up to the fields beyond?

Dazzling blue skies and a trio of buzzards mewling as they surf the thermals. We head towards the estate farm and admire, yet again, the old stone barn which to my mind would make a marvellous studio.

Although the landscape is still bleak, the sun draws out rich hues and the clear, cold air sharpens outlines.

If you look closely, some foliage is 'warming up' as new bark and buds push through and amid the aqua greys and sombre tertiaries, bright mustards and warm pinks glow. Nestling in the roots of the bare hedgerows, tiny snowdrops shudder and tremble in the wind.

It is as if the seasons are poised on a cusp; there is, despite the chill, a feeling of anticipation and hope.


  1. Ha ha, love 'pale grubs' :-)

  2. Beautiful pictures! I especially love the first one. It looks as if you could wander down the mossy path and stumble upon 'Brigadoon' or some other magical place. Thanks for bringing some sunshine into this dreary, winter afternoon.

  3. You've got so many more colors in your landscapes than I found in Central Park's Breugel-y look.

    We've got another storm due to arrive 'round midnight, and I really dread the thought of more shoveling tomorrow morning. I'd much prefer to put on some proper clothes and go for a walk down the pathes in your photos.

    Thank you! xo

  4. The winter sunshine is so good for lifting one's spirits isn't it? I love the mossy path and as always the countryside in your area looks beautiful. I'm envious of the snowdrops in your hedgerows, I've never seen them growing wild.

  5. Hi Gretel. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog. Your Cotswold photos are gorgeous. You live in one of my favourite areas of the country you lucky thing. Your blue sky, snow and tree photos are stunning.


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