Posted by: mynaturaldiary | February 4, 2019

Woollybacks, Yorkies and Smoggies in the snow

Snow arrived and carpeted the countryside.

The ascent to the Moors takes on new shapes in the snow.

The branches hold the snow well

And the direction of the wind is obvious from the way the snow stick to one side of the trees only.

The path to the top of the Moor looks wonderful in the faint sunlight.

Entering onto the Moor you seemingly come to another world.

The wind lifts the snow from the ground and it drifts, just like sand.

Patterns are in the snow just like on a beach.

The paths are covered in snow

and the Heather peeks through.

There’s enough Heather showing out there to feed the Red Grouse

Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus)

A snowman joins in the fun.

In the distance across Gisborough Moor lies Sleddale and its farmstead.

You get a sense of scale from this picture.

The camera can pick out oasis of individual trees in the wilderness.

In the distance is Captain Cook’s Monument.

And Highcliffe Farm is also coated in snow.

Back into the woodland the logs are coated too.

And the sign by the riding school reminds us who we all are and where we live.

Back at Cafe Twitch (deep Woollyback territory) the finches were feeding.

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

Blackbird (Turdus merula)

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