Winter Stroll In Castlederg Castle Park

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Castlederg is often subject to extremes of weather compared to other parts of Ireland.  It holds the record for the lowest ever recorded temperature in Northern Ireland at -18.5 C.  It lies in a valley, which can trap cold air, and it is often named on the weather forecast as being the coldest place on a particular day in N. Ireland, Ireland as a whole, and sometimes even the entire British Isles.  Conversely, in the summer it is often the hottest, and on a few occasions, the weather forecast mentioned it as being the warmest place in Europe some days!  This occasionally provides good conditions for photography, and a frosty, foggy Novermber day enticed me out for a walk round the small park around the castle.

 

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Frosted oak leaves.

 

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Holly leaves – no berries unfortunately.

 

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Ivy, appropriately enough following the holly.

 

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Up until this spell, it had been a very mild Autumn and Winter, so some leaves still survived on the trees.

 

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These photos were taken on the same day as my previous couple of posts, and this is the same robin, following me around it seems.

 

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Oak leaves, still clinging on.

 

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Fallen sycamore leaves.  Under the trees, they only got a light dusting of frost.

 

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Out in the open, there was a heavier frosting.

 

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The castle, through the fog.

 

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There is a small wooded area in the park, but in the foggy conditions, it could seem like you were in a much larger forest.

 

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The hoar frost coating the trees, along with the fog, led to subdued colours and pastel hues.

 

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The first signs of any of the seasons always seem inspiring for photography.

 

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