As many of you know from my precious posts, my husband and I love to go for walks in National Trust properties. Our favourite is Sheffield Park where we have spent many a delightful hour strolling around at different times of the year to view the plant life, birds and lakes in all their glory. Each season is different and each visit within that season shows up another treasure.
This weekend Jack Frost was paying many of us a visit but as the freezing fog lifted we were able to see the branches of the trees outlined with white crystal ice. The picture was beautiful! Unlike when snow nestles in the crooks and crannies of branches the ice gave a very surreal and delicate look. This was first seen as we drove through Ashdown Forest which was originally a deer hunting forest in Norman times! It is a great place for walking and enjoying spectacular views over the Sussex countryside and is known the world over as the 'home' of Winnie the Pooh.
This has to be one of my favourites to illustrate how the branches of the trees were caught up in the ice age. Banks of trees laden with ice whilst the close up picture shows how delicately the branches appeared.
Now it was time to move on to Sheffield Park. Normally awash with colour throughout the year there was still plenty of contrast. Here we look down the series of ponds to the main lake. The main difference between here and Ashdown was that the ice on the trees had mostly melted. However, the water in all the lakes in the park remained iced over with different amounts of ice.
Meanwhile I couldn't resist taking this photograph of icicles formed at the edge of a weir that fed the lakes.
And so, having taken loads of photographs and walked around taking in all the beautiful sights we decided we would welcome the car ride home and that all important hot cup of tea!