Monday, 18 January 2010

Frozen Sheffield Park - another winter wonderland!

It's fantastic at any time of the year, but yesterday when I visited Sheffield Park, the lakes were still frozen. And even though the sun was shining, it was still very cold, but a wonderful day to see this amazing garden recovering from the big freeze. There were new shoots everywhere and it's going to be a blaze of colour in the spring judging by the bumper crop of buds on the rhododendrons and azaleas!

The swans were picking their way through the ice; children were running around in the park; and adults were amazed by the amount of ice left on the lakes. It was a perfect winter wonderland, like so many of the gardens here in the south emerging from the snow.

All of the lakes were still partially frozen, with notices everywhere, warning people not to walk on the ice. It may look tempting, but you wouldn't want to fall in that water .... hypothermia would soon set in!
And best of all was the thin and watery winter sunshine. Not enough to warm you up at the edge of the frozen lakes, but enough to make you realise that England looks very different without its blanket of snow ... even if the ice is still there. But even in this winter wonderland, do spare a thought for those in Haiti - it's so easy to give on your mobile/cell phone, so here's the link:

12 comments:

  1. Thin and watery sunlight is so welcome when we've had nothing but clouds and grey, isn't it? And it will get stronger soon. Lovely park to go walking in.

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  2. What an interesting effect in your first image: winter meets summer! Hope things warm up for you all soon.

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  3. Love the image of Sheffield Park at this time of year, must admit though, looks more like Autumn to me, I guess by the looks of it there are lots of evergreens.

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  4. Hiya,
    Lovely.
    That girl in the pink dress (It wasn't THAT warm, was it?) makes the photo of the bridge.

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  5. Yes, a good idea to keep off the ice if the water beneath is very deep. A 'pond' formed in one of the school fields near here and froze, so all the neighborhood kids were playing on it - some even with their skates and hockey gear. Good thing it was less than a foot deep.
    Thin watery sunshine is the perfect way to describe what we've had lately - but isn't it so much better than cloudy grey?

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  6. We had some sunshine up here too today Charlotte. Your first photo is beautiful with the ice on part of the lake and the lovely green backdrop of the conifers. Its lovely to see as the snow is retreating all those little shoots appearing Spring is nearly here.

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  7. Could be mistaken for a Spring day but for the ice.

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  8. Hello, I'm new to your beautiful blog, but looking forward to visiting again to enjoy your wonderful photos. The swan with the clouds reflected amongst the ice is truly lovely.

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  9. Wonderful photos, such a beautiful park and I would love to go one day - especially in Autumn!

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  10. What a beautiful park to visit on a nice day. Your photos are great!

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  11. Your pics are beautiful! I love all of the different shades of green and red that show up in the first one :D

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  12. I totally was driving around looking for a garden to visit, but knocking on a residents door was my only choice, lols...I miss botanical gardens..

    gardening sheffield

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