A spectacular hour of mist and sunlight. Wonderful drive to Ash Landing, Windermere, passing field-boundaries of upright slates - the legacy of quarrying and a distinctive feature. Can't stop for photographs. Sub-zero temperatures and frost, with ice-effects on grasses, trees and fallen leaves. A plantation of spruce, needles tipped with ice. I like the contrast between the warm colour of this oak leaf with network of veins and the string of ice-beads on a blade of grass. I'd like to see how these ice-beads were made.
Common jelly spot fungus appeared as flecks of orange on tree stumps, often alongside a mystery fungus resembling a scatter of soggy breadcrumbs. Moss Eccles Tarn, followed by Wise Een Tarn lightly held in ice. The stillness and magical mist of early morning was soon gone and by mid-day a chill wind arose.
Jan Wiltshire is a nature writer living in Cumbria. She also explores islands and coast and the wildlife experience. (See Home and My Books.)