With the longest nights behind us we await the crisp clear days of winter. But wait we must – the Christmas morning snowstorm gave us just a thin crust of white and temperatures right at the freeze/thaw mark.
Fortunately we’ve had a few hours of bright sunshine recently, when frost glitters on every reed in the marsh …
…and even the squirrels were able to hold still for a few minutes just to bask in the warm glow.
For the most part, though, colours have been softened in cloud-filtered light.
The most vivid hues around sometimes decorate the forest floor.
Ring-billed Gulls on the thin ice of the marsh do their best to add some flash.
Few kinds of birds remain in the area, but they always leave behind a feather or two. And it often seems that no two feathers are exactly alike.
When the sun comes out, if only for a few minutes, it’s a treat – and never more so than at dawn on the morning after the winter solstice.