Sulham and Pangbourne AreaWalks in my local area just west of Reading. Autumn 2009
It is rare to see snow in any quantity here, but yesterday the shortest day of the year, we had the excitement and turmoil of six inches of snow. Traffic chaos ensued, with some drivers taking eight hours to travel ten miles. The steep hill on which I live is still impassable, and walking proved the best mode of transport.
I am glad that I have some snow scenes to round off the year. I covered much the same route as in the last posting, snow makes such a difference to how everything looks. What previously looked like just 'a tree' becomes an exciting sculpture.
The snow on the trees was magnificent, but the sun was soon strong enough to start to melt it, and the effect is short-lived. The path looks like it is the way to Narnia - it disappears into the hedge and is gone.
If there is only a dusting of snow it may not even reach the woodland floor, but with the large quantity yesterday, the interior of the Sulham Woods was quite magical.
Buildings were looking good in the snow and sunshine.
Before the sun got to work on the snow, the trees look magnificently frosted.
Close up, the 'cotton wool' in the trees was rapidly melting.
Nunhide Lane was passable by 4x4 vehicles only.
It was looking far more appealing than usual.
The views to the snowy woods were best.
Wildlife, as one might expect, was rarely to be seen, apart from one or two birds. Most of these were literally sun bathing on branches exposed to the relatively warm winter sun.
I know that I am not supposed to take pictures into the sun, but this has come out OK.
On the north side of trees the sun had not yet melted the snow. Some interesting shapes and patterns are highlighted by the alternating dark and light.
Far too many snowy scenes to include in this post - here is one last view, or two.
Regretfully as the brief daylight was fading I returned back home. My garden still has some firethorn berries for the blackbirds to feed on.