It was more sheltered aound the corner - not so much frost here
A few rich orange daffodil trumpets
Sunlit pine cones
Tiny white shaggy flowers
Frosty prairie beds
Magnolia buds and blue sky
Delicate wisps of cloud in blue sky
A glimpse of a magnolia in bloom
I tried to get closer - I wasn't even sure I got to the same tree - this one seemed a lot smaller close up than it had looked from further away - that can't be right can it?
I had to take a slight detour from my usual route to get closer to the magnolia and while making my way back I came across these sunlit golden catkins
Bare branches against the blue sky
Hellebore with a very neat middle
A group of hellebores managing to lift their heads a little
Frost melting on green shoots
Frosty leaves in the shade
This may be the last deciduous tree to have any leaves still clinging to it
Sunlit pampas grass
Having watched a TV programme recently about how confused people get about large black birds (crow, raven, rook?) I'm reluctant to suggest what this one is now - I would have said it was a crow before. It was busy pecking among the flowers.
At first I thought the bird was feeding but then I realised it was filling its beak with creamy coloured leaves or petals. It flew up and perched on a shed before flying off into the trees with its collection
Rosemary flowers in the sun
I met the gardener as I was coming to the end of my walk and he mentioned that he was having a bonfire near the steps in the wood - I went to have a look.
The ashy heap was filled with caverns which were lit with a deep red glow, like a volcano with rivers of molten lava running inside it
The gardener arrived with a large fork. added some wood and turned the heap a bit
Flames leapt up and licked around the wood
I do enjoy a good bonfire and it was a lovely warm place to be on a frosty morning. It was hard to drag myself away. A few steps back and the cold air hit me again.
Looking across the lawn - long shadows and a few patches of frost remaining
Back to the rosemary bush
In a sheltered area icy crystals still clung to tiny leaves
Many of the flowers had thawed out and had recovered from their frosty start to the day
Rows of little flower stalks stand upright on branches by the fence in the car park.
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