Snow to Spring in weeks.

Black and tan terrier in deep snow
My black and tan terrier in the February snow

The sunny blue skies below were taken on the 7th of January which was surprisingly warm and enjoyable. A Spring day in Winter – no snow yet.

Scots pine in winter despite the blue sky attempt to fool you.
Scots Pine and Silver Birch in winter sun with the blue sky attempting to fool us into thinking spring is round the corner.

I like the less traveled deer paths through the woods as they’re more cheering than the well used paths and definitely better than the hard flat machine made forestry tracks.

All the routes were probably initially laid out by deer but people and dogs defined them more and made them easier to follow. The deer don’t seem to mind sharing their paths going by the impressions I’ve found. Paw, claw, hoof and boot.

Not quite a deer path but not engineered, just made by feet and it is still winter. The green is moss.
Not quite a deer path but not engineered, just made by people, dogs and deer and it is still winter. The green is all moss and pine needles.
Looking over the river valley with the winter waterlogged fields. Would have been an extensive marshy larder with beaver, auroch, bear, boar, mussels, ducks, geese, trout, eels and salmon; leaves, roots, shoots, nuts and seeds back in the day.
Looking over the river valley with the winter waterlogged fields. Would have been an extensive marshy larder with beaver, auroch, bear, boar, mussels, ducks, geese, trout, eels and salmon; leaves, roots, shoots, nuts and seeds back in the day.

The first dusting of snow fell on the 27th of February – just enough to make the landscape interesting.

Icing sugar snow on the path on the wooded slope on the dog walk..
Icing sugar snow on the path.

Then over the next few days it was constant. Which made dog walking more of a wade. Wasn’t that cold though. Just cold enough for snow. Which the dog loves.

Snowing in the woods on the dog walk making it more of a wade..
Snowing in the woods on the dog walk.
Dog running up the slope in snow up to it's belly. Admittedly it has short legs which is of benefit to the Roe deer which it attempts to chase. They only run so far and then turn and laugh.
Dog running up the slope in snow up to it’s belly. Admittedly it has short legs which is of benefit to the Roe deer which it attempts to chase. They only run so far and then turn and laugh.

Then three days later the snow is gone and we are back to bare trees with only the greens of moss and lichens. Like the elderly elder trees below being old disgracefully.

When I was a kid I didn’t know elder grew so big. The ones around us were just bushes because they were constantly cut back and all we knew was that straight elder shoots made great arrows for our bows.

Old elder trees looking elderly with the remains of last years 'sticky willies' like giant spider webs clinging on.
Old elder trees looking elderly with the remains of last years ‘sticky willies’ like giant spider webs clinging on.

Fast forward from late February to early April and the trees are starting to bud. Usually this happens a lot earlier. The local gardeners are telling me that spring is running late this year.

Buds opening on some of the trees. It happened overnight. The day before they were still all bare. Or at least not noticeably opening.
Buds opening on some of the trees. It happened overnight. The day before they were still all bare. Or at least not noticeably opening.

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