Abruptly, we come to a break in the warm winter and enjoy a wonderfully frosty morning at Ibsley Common.
Up onto Ibsley Common in time to see the sun rise over Rockford common – a thin line of mist lying along the top of it.
Behind me a low mist hangs over quiet Ibsley village.
There’s a heavy hoar frost this morning, looking over the old gravel pit towards Whitefield Plantation.
The pond in the gravel pit is like a mirror, reflecting the morning sun.
Newlands Plantation lies pink at the end of the long path across the common.
Heading down off the common towards Linwood Bog and Dockens Water, the light through the mist is stunning.
I love the way the browse line of this tree aligns it perfectly with the hill on which it stands.
The wide grassy valley of Digden Bottom.
I head up the side of Digden Bottom back up onto the Common, to get this lovely view over to Whitefield Plantation, the frost clinging to the old bracken on the sides of the hill.
Looking over the Dockens Water valley and Broomy Inclosure towards Slodens Inclosure.
Hoar frost on a bracken stem.
A wider view across Ibsley Common and its undulating edge.
Rockford Common across the valley bathed in early morning light and the low mist.
The peeling bark of a recently felled birch tree, dressed with frost.
Harry in a sea of frosty bracken. That stick is a little too large for you sunshine!
Back on the western edge of the common, looking over Ibsley to Harbridge Church.