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Snow Comes to the New Forest At Last

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The rest of the country has been under snow for days, we get one night of it – may as well enjoy it while it’s here!

Harry - is it that cold?

Harry – is it that cold?

It would appear so!

It would appear so!

Our regular route has a very different look today - brrrr

Our regular route has a very different look today – brrrr. We don’t cross here as usual, but head up along the brook for a while.

The view across Linford Brook to Little Linford Inclosure

The view across Linford Brook to Little Linford Inclosure. That’s where we’re heading.

To our right, murky and chilly

To our right, murky and chilly.

The gate to Little Linford Inclosure

The gate to Little Linford Inclosure.

The warm winter has everything further forward than usual, here a pine bud is coated with snow

The warm winter has everything further forward than usual, here a pine bud is coated with snow.

Bronze beech leaves still clinging to the branch

Bronze beech leaves still clinging to the branch.

A wintry view from the gate at the top of Little Linford Inclosure looking down towards Shobley

A wintry view from the gate at the top of Little Linford Inclosure looking down towards Shobley. It is so still and so quiet this morning – I could be the only person in the world.

Snowy trees on Marrowbones Hill

Snowy trees on Marrowbones Hill.

Bunny prints

Bunny prints.

Harry prints

Harry prints – he wasn’t following the bunny – honest.

A misty view across the Forest

A misty view across the Forest – silence.

Snow carpeted heather and grass

Snow carpeted heather and grass. And some ears….?

Across Akercome Bottom

Across Akercome Bottom – almost monochrome.

Blanketed lichen

Blanketed lichen.

The shape of the huge fallen tree in Akercome Bottom is sharply picked out by the snow

The shape of the huge fallen tree in Akercome Bottom is starkly picked out by the snow.

Frozen pond

Frozen pond.

Bird prints

Bird prints – I have no idea what sort, but it was quite big and apparently running about all over the place.

Bird tracks

At this point he did a little circle in this break in the heather and there are what appear to be beaky marks in the snow at the top of his track. Foraging I guess?.

We follow Akercome Brook back down towards Linford Bottom

We follow Akercome Brook back down towards Linford Bottom.

Harry has a question on his mind

Harry has a question on his mind.

New Forest Ponies trotting across Linford Bottom

New Forest Ponies trotting across Linford Bottom.

New Forest Ponies cantering

They break into a canter.

Harry's tennis ball buried deep in the snow

A snowball – literally. Harry’s tennis ball buried deep in the snow.

Rockford Common in the Afternoon

Witches Butter fungus on gorse

The snow has mostly melted over the day. Despite the cold snap, there is still lots of pretty Witches Butter fungus growing on old gorse stems.

The remains of the snow in Big Whitemoor Bottom

Big Whitemoor Bottom lies low and so has hung onto its wintry feel.

Looking back down the valley, the beginnings of the sunset are reflected in the ice

Looking back down the valley, the beginnings of the sunset are reflected in the ice.

A New Forest Pony grazes under the birch trees

A New Forest Pony grazes under the birch trees. They’ll be glad that the snow didn’t last.

Shaping up for a lovely sunset

Shaping up for a lovely sunset.

Sunset

As anticipated – a stunner.


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