Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 16, 2016

Sleddale in the snow

Sleddale, a small farmed valley in the middle of Gisborough Moor looks fabulous in the snow.

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The sky is blue looking to the east

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and the moon has risen, although it is midday.

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Around the sun, the sky is more hazy, and ice crystals are in the air. These create a spectacular sun dog; a form of rainbow that lies parallel to the sun on the horizon.

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The snow forms a wave like pattern on the heather, which manages to peek through in the occasional spot.

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This is enough for the Red Grouse to work on for food.

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When disturbed, they fly low over the snows, cackling as they go.

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Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

The horizon looks like a desert


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occasionally cut by paths, and their waymarkers.

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On the horizon is Captain Cook’s monument and the edge of the Cleveland hills.

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Highcliffe farm tucks in the hills.

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The snow shows individual crystals that glisten in the sunlight.

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And the path onto the Moor looks inviting.

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In the woods, snow hangs on the tree trunks and branches.

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A Dunnock makes its way through the tangle.

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Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

As does the winter bird for Britain; the Robin.

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Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Back down in the woods, Highcliffe looks good in the light.

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And a cloud on the horizon gives a faint echo of the same; an impossible mountain.

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Finally, the more familiar garden birds were about, close to Cafe Twitch.

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House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)

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Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)


  1. […] This makes a fabulous contrast to how Sleddale looked in this year’s winter snow. […]

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