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PICTURES: Ice pancakes serve up a wintry delight in Lochcarron area of Ross-shire


By Hector MacKenzie

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THE latest cold snap brought its challenges for some but also revealed nature's beauty across Ross-shire.

With Ross-shire's iconic Ben Wyvis proving an attraction for photographers, elsewhere in the county, well-wrapped walkers enjoyed the impact of the weather in a frozen, frost and snow-kissed landscape.

In Lochcarron, Ingrid Deschryver was delighted by the appearance of "absolutely beautiful" hair ice and ice pancakes.

She said: "I have seen pictures of these phenomena before but seeing them for real was just wonderful. Nature is full of surprises!"

'hair ice' at at Coulags, Lochcarron. It's very delicate and absolutely beautiful. Picture: Ingrid Deschryver
'hair ice' at at Coulags, Lochcarron. It's very delicate and absolutely beautiful. Picture: Ingrid Deschryver

Hair ice is a relatively rare type of ice formation where the presence of a particular fungus in rotting wood produces thin strands of ice which resemble hair or candy floss.

Ice pancakes are a phenomenon where discs of ice anywhere from 20cm up to two metres wide are formed creating a unique spectacle. They also require fairly specific conditions to form.

Paula Bremner sent this frozen garden water feature.
Paula Bremner sent this frozen garden water feature.

Weather experts say a westerly breeze will bring blustery showers and cloud today, the showers intensifying through the afternoon and becoming heavy for some.

Tonight will see further blustery showers before more scattered showers push in from the west in the morning.

There's the chance of more snow later in the week.

Related: PICTURES: Ross-shire snow day

Do you have pictures from Ross-shire you would like to share? Email hector.mackenzie@hnmedia.co.uk


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