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Tuesday trees: passing light

December 10, 2013

A mild and breezy morning. Through watercolour clouds, the sun gleams fitfully. How I love the fox-and-deer colours of the woods and hills at this time of year, glowing against the passing shadows in their brief spotlight.,10.12.13-1,10.12.13-2



One oak is still covered in bright leaves.

One oak is still covered in bright leaves.


You might like to compare these colours with those in Subtlety: a subtle difference!

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  1. boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
    December 10, 2013 5:02 pm

    is this the way winter normally progresses? what is the cold like usually and snow? forgive me i’m sure i’ve seen photos of snow in Scotland but I have no real idea of it. the colours remind me of fine woolen scarves

    • December 10, 2013 11:02 pm

      It’s pretty normal for us to have cold snaps followed by mild spells. Because we are a small island surrounded by sea currents, we almost never get the extreme weather of continental masses like America and Russia. In our abnormally cold winter of 2009-10 and again in ’10-11, when Arctic weather systems got stuck over Britain, the coldest temperature here in our grounds was around -20 C (-4 F). We had snow for weeks on end and the lochan was frozen for around 4 months. See .

      In a normal winter, though, (whatever that is these days!) it’s rare for the temperature to drop much below about -7 or -8 C (17 to 19 F). And 2 feet of snow (60cm) is excitingly deep for us. Canada this ain’t!

      For some photos of the Scottish Highlands in snowy weather, see .

      • boyd hussey, (Douglas Ontario Canada) permalink
        December 11, 2013 1:31 am

        boy O’ boy that sounds ideal (too much of a good thing is not a good thing) i don’t mind the snow so much as the cold. i could still function in your temperatures. i’d consider moving but i don’t think they’d let my goats dogs ducks chickens and barn cats in. (not to mention Rita my sheep) as i get older though it becomes very limiting.
        on the bad days i shall close my eyes and think of Scotland

  2. Erika W. permalink
    December 11, 2013 3:19 pm

    I hope you are recovering properly from the chest infection?

    Here in Delaware we have had the first snowstorm–never good when this happens before Christmas as this tends to herald a very cold and snowy winter. Our winter weather bringers are the Canada and snow geese and the snowbirds (Juncos) and all arrived together a week ago. We are always thrilled when “our” geese come to the golf course beyond our post and rail fence. There are ca 60 of them this year–more than the usual 40 or so. Our ears must have been waiting for them because we both woke up and sat up in bed that morning crying “The geese have come!” When it was light enough to see we had the lovely sight of geese, two foxes slinking home along the fence and 5 deer examining the geese thoughtfully.

    • December 19, 2013 11:37 pm

      Thank you Erika, I’m just about fine now.

      I do love your description of all the wildlife. Migrating geese thrill the soul, don’t they? We don’t get snow geese here, but I watch and listen for the others. There have been a few skeins overhead again this week: I guess they are shifting feeding grounds as Atlantic storms sweep in over the country.

  3. December 11, 2013 3:49 pm

    Beautiful – ‘fox-and-deer colours’ is a perfect description! I love the first photo especially.

    • December 19, 2013 11:39 pm

      Thank you. I am sure, given that you like the description, that you too have watched such animals with delight and close attention. How lucky we are to live among them!

  4. Perpetua permalink
    December 13, 2013 11:09 am

    Apologies, I forgot to add last time that I’m so sorry you had to miss singing in ‘ Messiah’ because of your chest infection. I do hope you’re feeling much better now. It’s amazing that after storm force winds and severe cold there are still leaves on some trees.

    • December 19, 2013 11:42 pm

      Oh, thank you. Yes, I was dreadfully disappointed. I’m sure I’ll have other chances to sing it though. As it is, I have been listening over and over to the Dunedin Consort’s recording of the Dublin version (Handel’s first performed version), which is wonderful.

      Even the oaks have mostly shed their leaves at last – but there are still a few holding on through the winter’s wild lament!

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