A very Happy Winter Solstice to all my readers!
In Britain we are experiencing a particularly cold period with day-time temperatures staying well below zero. The cold weather is pushing a number of Arctic migrant birds south and west into Europe and for the first time in 400 years there is a Solstice total eclipse of the moon in Britain.
I am up and out in time to greet the Solstice dawn over my village
For the first time in 400 years, the Winter Solstice sees a total eclipse of the moon
in Britain. The Earth's shadow is crossing the moon prior to totality, just before sunrise
At total eclipse the moon takes on a coppery hue,
but is already setting in the haze of the horizon
Ice floes on the River Leven estuary - the first time I have seen
the sea freeze over since I have been living in Cumbria
A Redwing seeks out the few remaining haw-berries
(The bold eye-stripe distinguishes it from other thrush species)
A Fieldfare, possibly south from Lapland
A pair of Fieldfares seek warmth in the weak Solstice sunshine