Cold mornings at Middledown
With the forecast for some cold mornings. If it was going to be cold it may as well be very cold, to I headed out high up on the Mendip plateau.
On my first visit a bank of think cold tried to hide the sun.
From a small lay-by at the very top of Cheddar Gorge a track leads the way to the Middledown nature reserve.
This area also contains an outcrops of limestone that forms of a small north-facing cliffs. To make the most of the sun I followed the northern edge of the reserve.
The next day was even colder as the cloud cover had disappeared, creating a glorious sunrise over the hills.
There was not much cloud so the colours in the sky were limited.
The area is crisscrossed with old dry-stone walls which help to give the Mendip Hills much of its character.
At this time of year any frost quickly melts as the sun rises in the sky. I dashed around finding plants to photograph.
The frost forced cowslips to bend over with the cold.
Orchids added a special splash of pink against the white grassland. Even these struggle to stand straight in the cold.
I found myself leaving the nature reserve to find frost covered landscapes.