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Frosty Lancashire

Updated on August 7, 2015

Hard frost on the trees

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Notes from a Lancashire Countryman

Fog freezes on every twig transforming bromidic woodlands with its icy grip.The silent black trunks rise out of mysterious shadows. A hoar frost had descended on the crouching thickets, the once muddy tracks bound iron hard, sparkling with frost, there is a strange atmosphere a sense of being alone in this frozen waste.

A few flakes of snow fell, penetrating the cloak of fog, fluttering as they added to the frost sheeted woods. The weak rays of the winter sun could not break through the dense fog that enveloped the countryside.It was impossible to enjoy the panoramic view that brought such joy on clear days, but all was not lost to the lover of nature on this freezing winter foray.

The frost and ice Chrystal's that seem to adorn every living thing made beautiful patterns on any surface it deemed to fall upon. They say a picture says a thousand words, so below I have selected some images that can describe this Lancashire freeze hope you enjoy---

Frosty scenes

A weeping willow frost bound cascades down to a frozen lake
A weeping willow frost bound cascades down to a frozen lake | Source
FROST ON THE CONES OF THE ALDER TREE
FROST ON THE CONES OF THE ALDER TREE | Source
SPIDERS WEBS ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY THE FROST
SPIDERS WEBS ARE HIGHLIGHTED BY THE FROST | Source
A LAKE OF ICE AND FROST
A LAKE OF ICE AND FROST | Source
THE SKELETONS OF HOGWEED FROSTED
THE SKELETONS OF HOGWEED FROSTED | Source
The sun lost its battle with the fog
The sun lost its battle with the fog | Source

Crisp and crunch

The pathways were crisp and crunched beneath the feet. I noticed ivy berries a good source of nutrition for birds during winter,were also looking icy and uninviting. A lone robin's breast was the only bit of colour in the a naked twigs of a Rowan tree.Hardy old thorns gave an air of permanence among the dank herbage, which wont turn green again until the harbingers of spring push through the leaf litter. The rest of the trees stood in gloomy winter regiment.

The skeletons of Hogweed, their vibrancy long departed gave the impression that they have been frozen in time within their icy prison. On the trunks of the trees mosses, which normally cheer the place they tenant ,with their evergreen cushions,were covered with frost giving the illusion of tiny cotton wool balls, but they are well adapted to withstand the rigours of winter.

The sense of being alone is compounded by the profound silence that freezing fog seems to posses, it seems to smother the sound of life with its heavy cloak. Winter has arrived early this year in the Lancashire countryside and long starlit nights are forecast for the foreseeable future.

The cold hostile environment is something one has to get used to at this time of the year. However, if one is clad in warm clothing, even this environment can yield beauty even if the frost is uncompromising. Mother nature has abandoned her palette of summer colours for the black and white etchings of winter. Once Christmas is over Mother Nature turns her head to spring and once she has done so she never looks back. She may have to bide to her time, but then the shortest day is behind us, and every day that passes from then on will lengthen, slowly but surely to lift the spirits.

Snow and frost

THE FRUITS OF IVY LOOKING UNINVITING
THE FRUITS OF IVY LOOKING UNINVITING | Source
MOSS COVERED WITH FROST LOOK LIKE TINY BALLS OF COTTON WOOL
MOSS COVERED WITH FROST LOOK LIKE TINY BALLS OF COTTON WOOL | Source
THE PATHS WERE CRISP AND CRUNCHED BENEATH THE FEET
THE PATHS WERE CRISP AND CRUNCHED BENEATH THE FEET | Source
EVEN THE DUCKS ARE CONFUSED
EVEN THE DUCKS ARE CONFUSED | Source
FRONDS OF THIS FERN ARE FROSTED OVER
FRONDS OF THIS FERN ARE FROSTED OVER | Source

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    • D.A.L. profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave 

      7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Nell thanks for getting back, it must be nice in the "warm" south. Have a nice Christmas.

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, D.A.L., sorry it took so long to come back, we have been really lucky here, we had a tiny bit of snow for about one day! but it has been cold. I believe we are one of the few places in England without it! thank goodness for that!

    • D.A.L. profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave 

      7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      2uesday good to hear from you. Thank you for your kind comment, much appreciated. I will follow your advise with the tags. best wishes to you. Thank you for thinking of me with tags,

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      2uesday 

      7 years ago

      Fantastic descriptions and photos of the effect of winter snow and frost on the landscape,it got a beautiful and an awesome the pictures are amazing.

      BTW Sometimes I put the word- pictures in my tags, such as pictures of snow, not sure but I think it helps build search traffic.

    • D.A.L. profile imageAUTHOR

      Dave 

      7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      jandee, thank you for your visit, most of the images were taken around Abbey Lakes-West Lancashire. Best wishes to you.

      B, wow steady on.Seriously your comments,as always , are appreciated and welcome, thank you for visiting. Best wishes to you.

      stephhicks68 your kind comments are welcomed. Have put your images in a hub?. Be over soon to look. Best wishes to you.

      deepthought, thank you so much for the compliment,it is appreciated.Best wishes to you.

      I Nell, nice to hear from you. Is it so cold in the south? Thank you for your kind comments.Best wishes to you.

      Hi Darski

      Glad, you joined me once again my friend I always appreciate your company sharing the beauty of nature. Love and best wishes D.A.L.

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      Darlene Sabella 

      7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      what a great ice wonderland, I see beauty in the ice formations, the spider web was fasinating. Great pictures my dearsst Dave, I love being on this journey with you, it like an other would, the ice fog I would love, the pathway seems inviting eventhough it suggest to tread lightly. Thankyou once again for a great adventure to share the beauty through your visison gives me much please, love & peace darski rate up

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this was lovely, your writing makes me feel as though I was there, and the photos are gorgeous, I love the moss looking like cotton wool, lovely, cheers nell

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      Deep 

      7 years ago from In the middle of nowhere and worldwide but still that T.O.kid from da north of America

      Year I'm with Joy on this one "your writing is fab" and some geat pictures to set the mood thanks

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      Stephanie Hicks 

      7 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Simply beautiful! I love the wooded pathway, about 3 photos from the end. We had some freezing fog in my neck of the woods a few days ago and I captured some images of frost-covered deciduous trees. Love this time of the year - especially with a steaming mug of coffee inside!

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      Joy56 

      7 years ago

      wow wonderful wonderful wonderful, and look you scored a 100 very well deserved, your writing is fab..... keep going.....

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      jandee 

      7 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      OH! My lovely Lancashire !Thanks D.A.L from jandee(what part?)

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