It looked like a million icy christmas trees had formed on the top of my car.
I estimate the number of these crystals per square centimetre and calculate roughly how many are likely to be in the few sq metres of the roof.
Disappointingly I have to accept there are probably only about one hundred thousand.

ice crystals on black surface
closeup of ice crystals on black surface
crop from previous image
ice crystals looking like christmas trees

Down the lane by Dobcross church there is ivy melting the snow.

Saddleworth in the snow
Ivy melting through snow on a dry stone wall
ivy on a dry stone wall

I’m looking at pretty much every leaf type as I walk along.
People pass me by - I’ve found some compound leaves and it takes me awhile to decide on which one has a clear enough background and is perfectly frosty.
I have the cameras preview set to black and white and I’m pleased with how this looks.

compound leaf with ice crytals

If I could still show this to dad, we’d discuss why the crystals along the veins of the leaf are cubic like sugar and the crystals on the fence are larger and flatter.

cubic ice crystals on a leaf
  • Aperture: f/4
  • Exposure Time: 1/320 seconds
  • Focal Length: 100mm
  • ISO Speed Ratings: 400
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Lens: EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
cubic ice crystals on a leaf, black and white version

I tried to make friends with the robins but my coat is perhaps too bright a colour. This was the best I could get with the distance they kept.
I brought them a little food on the way back anyway. Maybe they recognise me next time?

Robin in the winter


One of the nice things about winter is even though we get less hours of daylight, the Sun is low in the sky for the whole of that time.

With a clear sky you can find interesting things backlit by the Sun, even at midday.

The only problem, of course, is most of the rest of January and February was so grey it was hard to say where the Sun was at times.

Blade of grass
blade of grass
Red-stemmed Feather-moss
Red-stemmed Feather-moss

Hand for scale:

Hand and Moss, for scale Hand and Moss, for scale

Snow Day

Lying and kneeling in the snow whilst trying to manually focus a lens is made harder with the Sun in front. I really needed one of my newer cameras with a flip up screen and a loupe with a sheilded eyepiece I bought and should use more.

I wonder if there are virtual reality glasses where you can switch from being able to see through to being able to see the liveview from the camera.

Purple and White Crocus
Purple and White Crocus in the Snow
Yellow Crocus