The Ice Forest, Morden Bog, Dorset

March 4, 2018

Yesterday morning I went out to Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, Dorset, to capture some last photos of the snow and ice before it melted.

Arriving there with my friend, it soon started to rain and continued on and off for most of our visit. In actual fact that was a good thing as the rain gave the icy snow a beautiful glossy sheen, which was absolutely stunning.

As you stepped on the snow and ice it was as if you were walking on some kind of massive, white, Crème brûlée, breaking through the crust to the ground below.

Wandering along we chanced upon a huge area of tree stumps (site management apparently) that were enveloped by snow and ice, making them look a bit like wartime trenches. I named this area of Morden Bog ‘The Ice Forest’, as even though it doesn’t have proper trees any more the stumps were like a mini forest.

We spent a couple of hours wandering around the rest of Morden Bog in the snow and ice  before the rain really set in, and then the glassy landscape began to disappear. 

Morden Bog snow 2018. The Ice Forest.

Morden Bog snow 2018. The Ice Forest.

Morden Bog, Dorset. March 2018.

Morden Bog, Dorset. March 2018.

Snow at Morden Bog 2018.

Snow at Morden Bog 2018.

Pleasingly shaped tree in the snowy landscape at Morden Bog. National Nature Reserve.

Pleasingly shaped tree in the snowy landscape at Morden Bog.

Snow and ice at Morden, Dorset.

Snow and ice at Morden, Dorset.

Morden Bog, Dorset in the snow.

Morden Bog, Dorset in the snow.

Old bird hide in the snow at Morden Bog, Dorset.

Old bird hide in the snow at Morden Bog, Dorset.

Morden Bog, Dorset in the snow.

Morden Bog, Dorset in the snow.

Patterns in the ice at Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, Dorset.

Patterns in the ice at Morden Bog, Dorset.

Patterns in the ice at Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, Dorset.

Beautiful patterns in the ice at Morden Bog National Nature Reserve, Dorset.

 

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