I waited to watch what the sun rise did to the snow capped Old Man Range, first the sky turned a beautiful mauve hue as the pre-dawn gloom brightened…
…and then as the sun rose higher & crept down the snow, the colour turned a beautiful pink…
…..until finally it reached the bare poplars & willows turning them the rich rustic colours of the golden hour. You can see the iced over sections in the middle of the water.
Across the partly frozen dam the western face of Flat Top Hill stayed in the shade while the willows and bull rushes came alive.
...although it had retreated a little….
....but by 4pm the temperature was dropping again which meant the ice was here to stay.
The next morning there was a glorious sunrise and another surprise in store….
A much heavier frost, minus 7 degrees….
….and the dam frozen right to the edge. Of course there was no way I was walking on it, it was no more than a thin coating but I had fun tapping the edges and watching the ice crack away and spread ripples out under the unbroken ice.
The thick layer of cloud that rolled in just after sunrise stayed put, casting a cold grey pall over the lake.
Flat Top Hill looks very uninviting across the water, luckily we did a walk up there in the sunshine yesterday (a post to come on that shortly).
I took a walk around to the dam wall, passing these rocks which, over the last couple of days, a pair of oyster catchers and a large shag had been jostling for ownership of. I wonder where they have gone to now, especially the shag probably up a nearby stream. It must be lean pickings in the winter.
The movement near the overflow hasn’t frozen, nor a couple of sheltered coves.
At least the cloud cover allowed me to take a decent shot of the dam wall, the shots the day before had harsh shadows. Just a pity I left my tripod back in the van. Oh well, a steady 'one foot forward, elbows tucked in, don’t breathe’ stance allows me to slow the shutter down (and not fall off the edge!), to make the waterfall silky smooth.
And for those that are interested, the settings for both these were-
ISO100, f/22, 1/4 sec shutter speed.
What a difference, it’s hard to believe this is the same place we arrived at 36 hours earlier. And I suspect had we arrived when it looked this uninviting we would have carried on and found another place to stay. Which would have been a pity, look what we’d have missed out on. Never judge a book by it’s cover.