Recently the snowy weather has transformed into that of damp and misty. The sky has been full of gray clouds, fog and mist which hides the sunlight and settles in bands across the roads and fields. I would say that this signals the beginning of Spring, but perhaps there’s time for more snow yet before the quickening of the seasons.
With that in mind, Tiro and I went for a 6 mile trundle yesterday afternoon, through the woods near the village of Beeley. Whilst the fog made it cool and damp, the mists gave some lovely atmospheric pictures through the trees and across the fields.
The ice is still very much in evidence, as the majority of the paths were covered in it, and the contrast between frozen mud when under trees and crunchy snow under the sky gave me the impression that we were on the foothills of some snow topped mountain, rather than in Derbyshire a few miles from civilization.
There are several streams running through Beeley Woods, some of which are new due to the amount of snow and ice melting and running off the hillsides. The water flows down small waterfalls, but the ice is still in evidence, transformed into strange landscapes and shapes at it melts and re-freezes:
In places, the streams cut through the snow dusted landscape:
The fog deadened the sound, so even though we talked to each other along the way, the sound of our voices and footsteps was flat, we couldn’t hear other people walking along until they came into sight. I love the orange colours on these Silver Birch tree trunks:
The mist was covering everything in little rain droplets:
At the end of the walk, we emerged out from the woods, to be greeted with views across the misty valley in the failing light:
I enjoyed the walk thoroughly, even though the mist made it a little eerie at times. Have you been out walking anywhere recently? Where are your favorite places to go? Just discovered a new favorite? Drop a comment and let us know 🙂