It’s been a cold and chaotic week round our neck of the woods, but today has been beautifully sunny and the snow is retreating. I abandoned the plans I’d had to drive a hundred miles away and instead took a walk over the snow dusted fields to look at some big skies.
Definitely a week to stay close to home and enjoy the simple pleasures of hot cocoa and a wood burning stove.
A couple of weeks ago there were so many signs of impeding spring – bulbs shooting through the soil and a rash of snowdrops. Now all the growth is on hold again, under the snow and ice, ready for next week when it’s going to warm up again.
I took a picture of that tree around harvest time – it’s hard to imagine it’s the same tree.
I love this walk every time of year, with its simple pleasures of flat fields and enormous skies.
And I know, the amount of snow looks a bit pathetic compared to the fuss that has been made, but there was much more before, honest guv!
Also, we came across this, which is rather wonderful on so many levels
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It has been bleak here recently – damp, cold, windy, grey. The only possible response is to stay home in front of the fire and drink sloe gin instead. I’ve been virtually travelling instead, enjoying the visual pleasure of the flatlands through other people’s eyes.
This is the Norfolk marshes, as seen by Rusty Projector on Flickr. It proves definitively that flat, wet and grey can be beautiful seen in the right way.
Clouds and grass by seeks2dream. Horizontal wind and cloudy skies, but in a way that captures summer. I’m feeling more cheerful already.
Sunset over Norfolk by Alex Layzell. Definitely November, leafless trees silhouetted against the light. It’s all about the skies here. The golden hour is extra golden when the landscape is so stark.
Sunset over the Broads by Paul Russell.
Wide Norfolk skies by Colin 30d.
And back down to earth with some beautiful buildings for when the weather draws in.
Eco-photography’s picture of beach huts in Wells-next-to-the-Sea was taken before a summer storm.
And finally the Cromer telephone exchange, to remind us of the cosmopolitan nature of North Norfolk
Photo by rosberond
And look, the sun has come out – better get out there blinking in the light – there’s sleet forecast for later. Thank you to the Creative Commons community on Flickr for the reminder how beautiful it can be here.