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Ice and spring

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

A mix of days at Linford, Rockford and Ibsley Commons

Linford Bottom – Frosty morning 2nd March – Beautiful

Across Linford Brook, sun, frost - stunning

Across Linford Brook, sun, frost – stunning.

A little further on Harry has got his feet wet and waits the other side for me to launch a ball

A little further on Harry has got his feet wet and waits the other side for me to launch a ball.

A couple of hundred yards on, the light and frost create a lovely landscape of sharp contrasts

A couple of hundred yards on, the light and frost create a lovely landscape of sharp contrasts.

Lovely light and colours under the trees

Lovely light and colours under the trees.

The frozen bracken gives a much cooler feel though

The frozen bracken gives a much cooler feel though.

Looking ahead up the path beside the Great Linford Inclosure

Looking ahead up the path beside the Great Linford Inclosure.

A small detour to the right to retrieve the ball and a lovely view across the frosted heather

A small detour to the right to retrieve the ball and a lovely view across the frosted heather.

I circle back through Pinnick Wood where the suns rays are filtering down through the trees

I circle back through Pinnick Wood where the suns rays are filtering down through the trees.

Sun rays through the trunks

Out on the plain again I look back to the western edge of Pinnick Wood - lovely broadleaf woodland

Out on the plain again I look back to the western edge of Pinnick Wood – lovely broadleaf woodland.

Turning the other way I look forward to Little Linford Inclosure - a mix of beech and pine woods

Turning the other way I look forward to Little Linford Inclosure – a mix of beech and pine woods.

To my left the north edge of Pinnick Wood is lit by the suns rays

To my left the north edge of Pinnick Wood is lit by the suns rays.

Zooming out, this old pillar comes into view. It used to have a scout badge on it, but that's gone now. The scouts and guides still come camping on this area of the plain though

Zooming out, this old pillar comes into view. It used to have a scout badge on it, but that’s gone now. The scouts and guides still come camping on this area of the plain though.

A pony grazes in the morning sun. They've had a hard winter

A pony grazes in the morning sun. They’ve had a hard winter.

Into Little Linford Inclosure now and the pine trunks create a fantastic backdrop for the suns rays in the morning mist

Into Little Linford Inclosure now and the pine trunks create a fantastic backdrop for the suns rays in the morning mist.

Pine trees and rays

Some beech leaves, not blown away after autumn, give a wonderful display of colour in the sunlight

Some beech leaves, not blown away after autumn, give a wonderful display of colour in the sunlight.

As we cross the brook back to the car, Harry decides to stand in the water to wash off. Why would you do that when it's this cold?!

As we cross the brook back to the car, Harry decides to stand in the water to wash off. Why would you do that when it’s this cold?!

Rockford Common – 3rd March late afternoon

Only one photo, what a sky!

Only one photo, what a sky!

Ibsley Common – 4th March late afternoon

Spring is in the air, and the catkins are lit up by the late sun

Spring is in the air, and the catkins are lit up by the late sun.

This catkin looks like it actually has a light in it!

This catkin looks like it actually has a light in it!

Looking down towards Mockbeggar, it looks misty but it's actually someone's bonfire. Nice effect though.

Looking down towards Mockbeggar, it looks misty but it’s actually someone’s bonfire. Nice effect though.

Straight into the sun across Blashford Lakes

Straight into the sun across Blashford Lakes

Looking in the other direction, that sun lights up the bracken on the hill

Looking in the other direction, that sun lights up the bracken on the hill.

Walking up through the remains of the Newlands Plantation, I keep finding pine stumps covered in the remains of pine cones that something has stripped apart. Almost as if they've been used as a kind of table. Anyone with any of idea what does this, I'd be fascinated!

Walking up through the remains of the Newlands Plantation, I keep finding pine stumps covered in the remains of pine cones that something has stripped apart. Almost as if they’ve been used as a kind of table. Anyone with any idea of what does this, I’d be fascinated!

At the top of the hill, the remains of a battle headquarters that overlooked the airfield at Ibsley

At the top of the hill, the remains of a battle headquarters that overlooked the airfield at Ibsley. Not sure what this round pipe was.

The back of the bunker - too dark to get any more photos of it today

The back of the bunker – too dark to get any more photos of it today.

Once out of the plantation, the sun sets beyond the trees

Once out of the plantation, the sun sets beyond the trees.


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