Nature diary: winter wonderland

Nature diary_ winter wonderland

The Beast from the East and Storm Emma really hit us hard here in Lincolnshire, particularly where we live in Stamford, which seemed to be an epicentre of snow. There was about 30cm of snow, the most I’ve ever seen I think! We even had a 2 ft snowdrift in our garden!

Despite the challenges it brought (our cars both got snowed in!), we were thrilled at the chance to go explore this new arctic landscape. It really was the most beautiful transformation.

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It’s no secret that I hate winter. I despise the cold and the dark nights. I’m depressed by the muted colours, the dormant faded grasses, the bare trees stark. The ugliness of most human-made structures is particularly apparent in winter, I find. It’s always a season I’ve struggled with, mentally and physically. But snow, especially this thick powdery blanket, has the power to brush everything with a new light. Everything becomes magical and everything is ensconced in nature. It’s the only time I really appreciate the wilderness winter can offer us.

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A cliche perhaps, but snow makes the ordinary become extraordinary.

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Stamford’s stunning old buildings look even more glorious in the snow.

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I didn’t realise just how well snow and sunsets complement each other. Have you been out in the snow in the dark? The sky glows, it’s almost unsettling.

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I love reflections of the sky on water, an imperfect mirror.

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The snow brings out new colours and a new way of looking at the world.

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Trees make the best silhouettes. Their stark bare branches are softer when surrounded by snow.

 

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The snow was thick enough that you could trudge through it without breaking through to the grass below. It meant the wonderland effect wasn’t broken despite many trails of wandering feet. I felt like I could be walking in Alaska.

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A perfect final shot of one of my favourite places in Stamford just as the sun sank out of sight. It felt like stepping back in time.

Check out my very talented friend Steph’s Instagram for some truly stunning photos of Stamford in the snow.

Did you manage to get out and adventure in the snow while the beast was visiting?

All these photos are my own.

2 comments

  1. Lovely photos – I’m glad that winter has shown you some upsides!
    In the land of perpetual fair weather (California) I sometimes miss the winters of Ireland, partly because it helped to create some time for introspection 🙂

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    • Thank you! Yeah, I wonder if I was in a perpetually sunny place if I might actually miss winter. It can be nice to have a time of year when it’s acceptable to hibernate! And I have been sad the years when we’ve had no snow.

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