Still Winter

Saturday, February 18th 2017

The Met Office takes spring from the 1st March, so we still have a few days to go.  If we wait until the equinox then it is nearly four weeks.  Although Foxglove is still clothed in its winter coat there are signs that winter is losing its grip and spring is slowly on its way.  Buds, very tiny, of Primrose and Barren Strawberry have been seen.  Walking around the reserve it is views that have been photographed and not flowers.

This is a view across the moor from the far moor gate.  One of the ponies can be seen.

View across the moor

At the far end of the moor is Plover's Pool and a Grey Heron was seen going down onto it.  Even with camera ready it spotted me before I spotted it, and a close look is needed to see it flying off.

Grey Heron flying from Plover's Pool

On a calm day the lake can be like a mirror.

Lake and reflections

Bare branches reflect well in the still water.

Reflections

Last year's Cotton Grass stems and leaves also reflect well on the water in the Scrapes.

Cotton grass reflections


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