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, their 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. Any suggestions on this one? 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 writer and naturalist living in Cumbria. She take photographs.