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.
Down the lane by Dobcross church there is ivy melting the snow.
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.
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.
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?
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.
Hand for scale:
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.