Each morning, as I watch the coming of dawn, I see flocks outlined against the soft colours of sunrise. Thousands of dark birds flying north, probably starling. This morning I glimpse them far off and when I edit the images I can faintly make out the flock spread out across the sky. They must roost to the south and fly north to feed once daylight comes.
On the Brigsteer Road, toward Scout Scar, the gutter overflowed with debris brought down from overhanging trees.
The lightest snow began to fall, on cue at 10.00am. Snow clouds filled the sky so visibility was lost. I watched snow crystals touch down and begin to settle on branches, on the top-stones of walls, and I became so immersed in the moment that I lingered until my fingers grew numb with cold and I looked up to see the landscape transformed and white with fresh-fallen snow. By the time I returned across Kendal Race Course snow whitened the pasture and hung on ewes' fleeces.
When snow crystals settle on top-stones and on branches their light airiness is soon lost as they accumulate and fuse together. Held on a silken thread, each snow crystals shows pure white against dark cavities in the wall. In the moment of touch-down their delicate frond-like structure is clear to see. A jewel-like translucence where light catches them, a smudge of white on limestone.
Look closely and the strands of spider silk strung between wall-stones become visible. And the hexagonal structures of snow-crystals.