Fog lingers all day when high pressure air causes a meteorological phenonima known as an inversion. The air at ground level is colder than the air at height so a pool of colder air chills the ground and forms fog.
As explained thick fog forms in the dale bottom and a bright afternoon sun radiates the scene.
The long and winding estate road that almost reaches the watershed between Birkdale Common and Mallerstang. It passes byScarr House sheep pens, quiet now, but at clipping time a hive of activity; the Calverts, their dogs and the quad bikes powering the fleece clippers.
The moon appears in the clear cold January air above the crags on Lops Wath.
Very cold and dry in the dale bottom but at least the soggy ground is frost hardened and this makes it a bit easier for the sheoherd when taking fodder to the flock.
I am fascinated by this sheep fold with If's chimney and can't help thinking of shepherds in past days checking their flock and getting comfort from a warm fire.