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Winter woods, or a corner of heaven

January 16, 2013

Yesterday was a sublimely beautiful day. At last we are having a spell of proper winter weather, with nightly powderings of snow and freezing blue-sky days. Every morning is a thing of wonder at present, but yesterday was exceptional. By midday, the sun had warmed the air just enough to make the snowy fields steam gently, so that a layer of pearlescent mist lay over the landscape, bathing the tree roots and turning the sunshine into a hazy golden radiance.

Turning off an indigo-shaded path into the sun in my favourite woods, late in the morning, I found myself welcomed into transcendent light. I hope that heaven has a corner like this.

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Last January was wet and windy, but there were still wonderful effects of the light to be found: see Woodsmoke and sunshine. You might recognise some of these trees from their November conversation.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2013 12:11 pm

    Sublime, DB! Such beauty seems otherworldly and you have captured it wonderfully. It was gorgeous here too yesterday, but sadly I was out all day and couldn’t take any photos.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 16, 2013 11:15 pm

      I am very lucky to have time to ‘stop and stare’ on days like this.

  2. January 16, 2013 1:49 pm

    So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 16, 2013 11:16 pm

      My pleasure!

  3. Liz Davey permalink
    January 16, 2013 3:07 pm

    Beautiful. It’s very cold and grey here, but the frost has clung to the branches all day, like a good shake of icing sugar.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 16, 2013 11:20 pm

      I just love frosted branches. May have to do a post on them in fact!

  4. January 16, 2013 3:46 pm

    “pearlescent mist” and “indigo-shaded path”. Best description of this type of scene ever! Well done.
    (we may actually have some sun today…it’s seems like weeks and weeks of grey here)

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 16, 2013 11:20 pm

      Aww, thanks – and hope you got that sunshine!

  5. January 16, 2013 5:18 pm

    Very atmospheric. Winter can have it’s own charm.

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 16, 2013 11:21 pm

      On this particular walk I decided that winter is my favourite season. 🙂

  6. Jo Woolf permalink
    January 17, 2013 10:14 am

    Beautifully described, and the photos are just superb. I, too, hope that heaven has a shady woodland like that one!

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 17, 2013 3:08 pm

      Perhaps we will meet there one day… 🙂

  7. January 18, 2013 5:05 pm

    I love (and envy) your way with words. Beautiful post and stunning pictures. Thanks for sharing them – trees AND snow what a gorgeous combination 🙂 No snow here, just wind so far….

    • dancingbeastie permalink*
      January 18, 2013 6:48 pm

      Oh, thank you, Sian! We are very lucky to have trees and snow here. But then, I love your tales of island life, and your photos of windswept sea and shore. 🙂

  8. January 30, 2013 2:08 pm

    I wish I were like you and enjoyed the cold, DB, but at least I can come here and enjoy your photos and experiences (in the warmth).


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