the last part of January is supposed to be the coldest part of winter due to the earth’s orbit, sure enough since about the twentieth we have had frosty days and slightly snowy days.

tyreprintsun

tyre tracks imprinted, hard with sugary frost and then lit by a very low morning sun.

orabgebead

the early sun’s light is pinky orange

redgrass

and combined with the pale silvery green of frosted grass gives quite unearthly effects.

frostthistlecrown

everything is made magical by the tiny hoar frost crystals

frostoakleaf

which catch the light and twinkle, earth-bound stars,

frostedbracken

or like metallic embroidery adorning antique costumes.

frostbleachedgrass

winter is the time for the camera’s eye to become a graphic artist

brachfrostmeadow

trees, twigs, bracken fronds, grass stems, dry leaves; all have their patterns

twigsmeadow