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Snow on ivy berries

Ivy berries: snow

During the snowy spell, the ivy berries I saw were either covered only by a small cap of snow, as here, or completely hidden in a blanket of white.

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Snow-covered sloes

Sloe berries under snow

Another episode in what has turned out to be a series recording the changing appearance this year of berries on the sloe bushes between the Railway Walk and Barley Field in the Smestow Valley Nature Conservation area.

Blackthorn, snow

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Orange mushroom

Orange mushroom

This mushroom put up its fruiting body during the snowy period before Christmas. By the time I noticed it, a lot of the cap had been eaten, and there was a covering of snow on the remainder.

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Snowy umbellifer

Snowy umbellifer

The stalks of umbellifers like this are now reduced to hollow woody skeletons, but are still capable of supporting such a weight of snow.

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Mallard drake

Mallard

As the open water disappeared before Christmas, ducks like this one got even more determined than usual to pester passers-by for food.