Late Winter


In some ways it’s difficult to believe that we are nearing the end of winter! In my photograph I am facing south, and it’s 11.00 in the morning! Yes, that’s the sun trying to break through the cloud!

No wind.
Walking on snow is fun;
Crump, crump, crump.

The midday sun
Peers through grey cloud.


It is so still, nothing moves, as if the Earth is holding her breath.


51 thoughts on “Late Winter

  1. Those are really nice photos! I didn’t realize you were so far north. That sun is very low at almost midday!! It’s a good thing that the sun’s path is getting higher and higher with each day…more direct sunlight each day…more warmth!! I love the photo of the trees covered in snow! Thanks for sharing these, along with your waka. Very nice! You need to start a “waka” blog site, Fraxy-sama.

    1. Many thanks, Edo, even I had to check my watch 🀣. I’m certainly looking forward to more light and heat. I think the second photo is of an Ash tree, appropriate, don’t you think! Now, what’s this about ‘waka’? I will need to check that out!

    2. Fraxy, a waka is a Japanese poem beginning with a short line, then a long, then short, long, long. Many people say a 57577 format, but as you know it doesn’t have to be 5 syllables (23233 essential words). You have written a “waka,” and I like it, Ash-tree-sama. I can use the first 3 lines as a hokku for my Garden.

    1. Dear Marina, lovely to hear from you. This was our first ‘proper’ snow this winter, but it never lasts. A day later, today, and it’s already melting. The trouble is if the temperature drops tonight it will be very slippy in the morning so possibly no walk for me tomorrow.

  2. Great photos. It has been a strange winter. Where I’m at there was an ice storm/snow storm in Oct. that destroyed many trees……then rarely any snow since then. But now, late Jan. snow is predicted.

  3. And hi my Ashley,
    Your winter coat is beautiful, and as I love when you tell us about it, I only feel softness and happiness …
    I love the crump, crump, crump, it’s very sensitive like you
    Des gros bisous β€οΈβ„οΈβ€οΈβ˜ƒοΈ

    1. Dear Corinne, I like to find ways in which to convey sounds using words and when I was walking that day my footprints were the only ones and they did crump, crump, crump! Soon I hope we will all be able to throw off our big coats and feel the sun’s warmth on our faces again. πŸ˜ŽπŸ’–πŸ˜˜πŸ’–

    1. Hi Gail, thanks for your comment. Here the snow never lasts long, in fact, today it raining and still cold so it will be slippy tonight/tomorrow. I am ‘retired’ from paid employment because of my age but busier than ever πŸ˜˜πŸ™

    1. Hi Marcus + Micah, great to hear from you. I bet you wish you had some snow, occasionally 🀣. Thanks for dropping by πŸ€©πŸ™πŸ€©πŸ™

  4. Such beautiful pictures ! I wish we had some snow down here in Kent but all we seem to get is rain. I love your little poem, one can feel the pleasure of combined sun and snow !

    1. If I look outside now it has mostly gone and it’s raining! You don’t need to tell me about rain, we get our fill here! 🀿 Thank you for your lovely comment about my verse, the first 3 lines are based on the Japanese form of a hokku. πŸ’πŸ™

    1. It was lovely while it lasted! It’s all gone now and so wet underfoot I’ve my fingers crossed the temperature will stay above freezing. Thank you, Sandra, for your lovely comment. πŸ’ŒπŸ™

    1. This winter has felt like a long one! I can’t wait for the spring to come. Thanks, Antonio for your comment πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜Š

  5. Ashley, I love your wonderful Photos and your poem. You have the special gift of creating a mood with just a few words.
    It’s so beautiful what you wrote – so delightful! ❀️.
    Ashley, I wish you all the best…
    Rosie from snowy Germany ⛄❄️❄️ ❄️

    1. Dear Rosie, thank you for your wonderful comments. πŸ’ŒπŸ™ Here snow never lasts too long! The following day it rained πŸ˜’. Today the wind is cold but the ground is now dry! πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ

  6. Ashley, Dear Sweetie Pie, thank you for liking my comments on other blogger’s posts.

    You have so many admirers that I couldn’t get to the Leave comment section!


      1. Thank you, dear Joanna! Up here in the north, the sun is still struggling to warm the earth. No snowdrops in my garden but the crocus are just starting to show their lovely faces and at the weekend a bumblebee (Bombus pratorum) zoomed above my head.

  7. We like your picture and your words. Well, we are lovers of winter and snow …
    Thanks for sharing.
    Keep well
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. We have now entered Imbolc in which we see the first stirrings of spring and the snow that we had on that day has gone altogether! Lots of rain from grey skies but looking forward to brighter days. Thank you for your comments πŸ™

      1. Dear Ashley
        We will send you some sunshine. We had lots of sunshine and it was much too warm for snow. But for next week snow ist forecasted.
        All the best
        The Fab Four of Cley
        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. Magnificent photos, Ashley! Around here winter’s going to come back with a force -we expect minus ten degrees next week during the day!! Not my kind of weather I can tell you, and more reason to stay inside. 😁

    1. Thanks, Sarah for your comment! It’s cold and wet here, too wet really. I noticed that all the low lying land locally is flooded but there are some signs of spring so there is hope! You’d better dig out that warm coat, gloves and hat! Have a great weekend πŸ’ŒπŸ™

      1. Signs of spring?! I envy you! πŸ˜€ We’re having a snowstorm since yesterday and it doesn’t look like it will go away soon… Luckily I made some chicken soup – perfect remedy against the cold!
        Have a lovely and creative week ahead, Ashley! ❀

  9. Ashley, I am happy to see, that spring is slowly coming to us. Yes, it is still cold here, but we already have colorful primroses and yellow easter bells in our garden. At noon we can sit on the bench in front of the garden shed in the sun and watch the birds. Yes, I think they are starting to build their nests….
    I wish you all the best, Ashley πŸ€πŸ€
    Rosie from Germany

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