In common with most areas of the United Kingdom we have been experiencing some rather bleak and cold weather recently as my reports show. A rather dreadful Saturday was endured, snow fell steadily all day and we had shopping to collect for elderly relatives, much spinning of wheels and spraying of snow saw us out of our estate and the supermarket was duly visited and said goods distributed.
I could see little point in going for a walk, visibility was dire and temperatures were freezing so a venture to the pub was as much activity as I could muster!
Sunday was a little brighter and at least the snow had stopped, in early afternoon I set forth clad in full winter mountaineering gear, Yaktrax fitted to my boots to avoid any slips I fairly sped over the tops towards our neighbouring village of Kildwick, that may have been due to a fierce north easterly wind at my back!
The lambing season has been in full flow, these hardy youngsters were not letting their mum out of sight..
The snowfall has not been heavy as this shot over Cross Hills shows...
Any birds brave enough to take to the skies up here were soon whisked away into the distance by the wind, the forecast later viewed said that gusts had been up to 60mph!! I dropped down through fields to the canal and carried on westwards for a while..
I thought the mallards may be my only subject for the day!
The moorhens are tenacious though and constantly forage around the waters edge..
Jackdaws are a lovely subject with their bright eyes..
Another lamb shot near Kildwick as this youngster searched for some food..
The next photograph was a very unexpected one as some blue sky appeared!
The strength of the wind meant constantly changing skies, looking west over Gib Hill there was a real mixture..
A greylag goose appeared to be sleeping, a closer look discloses a state of alertness though:-)
A long distance zoom on a lapwing added to my meagre collection for the day..