In January, the position of the sun in the sky gives the light a distinct quality and frost has come suddenly after a month of rain. By the time we return to Helsington Church cumulous cloud has bubbled up and clarity is gone. Fieldfare are calling in the crowns of trees and the sun shows their colours.
We lingered long to admire pattern and colour, the beauty of the scene. Beyond the icy floodwater there's an open gate and the sun picks it out, inviting us toward 'the road not taken'.
A month of rain and nothing for a naturalist to write about, well nothing inspirational. Now everything comes in a flurry and there's a sense of spring not far off.