There had been rain, then snow, and we could feel the ice beneath a surface layer of snow. When we reached the escarpment only a colour transition marked the cliff edge where snow met mist.
The sequence of rain followed by snowfall created unusual effects as they interacted. Trees were coated with a layer of snow and icicles formed. The snow beneath an ash tree was pitted with falling ice particles. Temperatures were close to freezing, with zones of colder air. A holly bush seemed to show leaves coated with ice and sprinkled with snow crystals, with icicles white with splintering crystals and air bubbles. From an ash hung the most delicate icicles, wobbly and soft, like thread. Close-up photography was tricky: white on white didn't always work.