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

Spud and Ice


Not really the further adventures of Spud the dog, but we thought you might be pining for him, so here he is surveying the state of play of any remaining snow.

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A little left under the walls. But the temperature remains chilly.

Mr Uphilldowndale tipped me off that there were some very blog worthy icicles over the hill.  In fact he insisted we go take a look this morning before breakfast.

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Tucked away in a deep clough, that sees not much in the way of sunshine at any time of the year. The icicles have formed from water that oozed from between the rock and roots,

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dripping on to vegetation they seem to defy gravity at times; the Circ Du Soleil of the icicle world

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as the growing weight of ice shifts the centre of gravity.

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And the icicles head off in a different direction.

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Splashes of water on moss, freeze before they have chance to soak away.

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I feel this one has a touch of the Dale Chihuly about it.

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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 “Spud and Ice

  1. As is so often the case, listening to a husband turned out to be an excellent idea. A very interesting set of pictures.

  2. As brave Spud surveys his domain, a dragon’s icy veins begin to melt beneath craggy formations …the icy spikes imitating the dragon’s snaggle-tooth grin… 😉

    Wonderful photos…thank you Mr. UHDD for suggesting the walk and to you UHDD, for venturing forth.

  3. Those rocks have magnificent canines! (teeth not dogs ;-))

  4. Fascinating pictures! xx

  5. Oh excellent. Thank you for both spotting these icicles and sharing these amazing images. The early bird …

  6. Loving the tree roots, a marvel in themselves, the ice is an added wonder. Good to see Spud as ever, I better keep the picture hidden from my dogs when I get back to Poland, they will be jealous 

  7. I long to see bare earth, with or without icicles amid the rocks. One day, one day. That is a very Chihuly-like arrangement at the end. Pats to Spud.

  8. brrrr!!

  9. A very worthy early walk to picture these icicles. Gorgeous pictures and interesting blogs. Thank you.
    Pats to Spud.

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