Monday, March 12th 2018

Words to describe today kept flitting through my head, amazing, fascinating, exhilarating, uplifting, beautiful, brilliant, but it all boils down to being plain and simply wet, in fact very wet!  Small pools were joining up and becoming bigger pools and then overflowing across the paths.  Small becks, sometimes empty of water, were full and noisily rushing off the moor.

Running beck off the moor

Where two streams meet it was white water!

White water

Despite the wet, it was not cold so walking through the Scrapes I tried to listen for Frogs calling, despite the drops of rain falling all around, but it proved a fruitless exercise.  The water in the ponds was almost boiling with the rain drops when I noticed in a sheltered bay, some ripples that were not rain drop ripples!  A stealthy approach saw the water become almost smooth, no Frogs but I was lucky enough to find the frogspawn, probably 24 to 48 hours old.


The cascading ponds were certainly living up to their name.  I did not think a diversion off the main path to check for spawn was a good idea.

Cascading ponds

However there are times even when it is wet that there is beauty around you, in this case, water droplets on Hazel catkins.

Hazel catkins

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