• “No snow in Cornwall today” (ITV)? Pah!

ITV West Country News stated in its 18.00 programme tonight that there had been no snow in Cornwall today.  Pah! In my neck of the woods, on the eastern flanks of Foweymoor (Bodmin Moor), there was loads of it as far as the eye could see.  From deer tracks and bent saplings to snowy vistas in which familiar trees take on a quite new character, here are eleven photos taken before 09.15 this morning.

1. Deer tracks, 18.01.13

2. Bent saplings, 18.01.13

3. Contorta, 18.01.13

4. Cornus, 18.01.13

4. Sycamore a la Brueghel, 18.01.13

6. Magic Hawthorn, 18.01.13

7. Magic Pond, 18.01.13

8. Pine Stump, 18.01.13

9. Cross-path, 18.01.13

10. Winding path, 18.01.13

11. North prospect, 18.01.13

• A Bird on the Hand

Just heard a noise in the guest bedroom.  A Great Tit had flown in.  It escaped down the corridor, pointedly ignoring a beady-eyed onlooker and knocking over another.  It then flew up and landed on my left hand while I was still holding the camera.  Very slowly, I walked back into the room, the wee mite looking straight at me, unperturbed, until I reached the open window.  St Francis, eat your heart out!

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