Railway walk seen from the path into the Barley Field, looking towards Meccano bridge.
Meccano bridge seen from the canal towpath.
This kestrel landed on one of the conifers behind Compton lock to use it as a lookout spot just as I was walking past.
Because of the slippery conditions underfoot, I had only brought out a moderate telephoto lens.
These pictures feature the front and rear ends of the same moored narrowboat.
Growing right by the umbellifers pictured on the 14th.
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.
The lock icing up just before Christmas.
From the tree by Compton lock.
Fruits on the same tree were pictured sprinkled with frost in an earlier post.
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.
These pictures were all taken in the field just behind Compton Lock a couple of days before Christmas.
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.
The stalks of umbellifers like this are now reduced to hollow woody skeletons, but are still capable of supporting such a weight of snow.