Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England



A blustery squall moved through the valley*, in the space of about 20 minutes

Spindrift 1-2


It whipped up the snow on the ridge

Spindrift 2-2

It was easier to see with the eye than the lens,

Spindrift 3-2

but here is a much detail as I could muster, backlit by the sun.

Spindrift 4-2

Drifting snow has been a problem on the roads over the last few days, all the usual suspects, the Cat and Fiddle, Snake Pass, Woodhead, Tideswell Moor, The A515, Ashbourne-Buxton road have been affected.

An update on Mr Redcar and the progress south of his red car has been requested, the news is it hasn’t turned a wheel, its still lodging in someone else’s drive and Mr Redcar is back down on the south coast waiting for a window of opportunity to come back to retrieve it.


* it was the 6th of January, sorry, there has been a queue of blog posts.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Spindrift

  1. this is a fantastic series ! You should frame this one 4 in a row, really!

  2. No apologies needed! I love seeing your photos and wow, this looks very very cold.

  3. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

  4. I love the snow. Here is Pennsylvania, we’ve had a snowy spell, and I have been having a great time. Your photos made me wish I could have been there to witness, first hand, the glory of nature’s paintbrush. Farmergal

  5. You captured this really well. It is clear to see that this is not how the landscape normally looks. Lovely pictures.

  6. yes i like the snow blowing up

    that tree on the left on the ridge looks in a bit of a state

  7. Reminds me of walking over the hills of my father’s farm! Truly beautiful!

  8. I think you captured it beautifully. 🙂

  9. That is exactly right. These don’t just capture the way it looks, but the way it feels to watch snow devils whirling over the ridge.

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