Just as light seems to be vanishing it reappears, reflected back by the sea. To eyes that have adjusted to winter and tuned into the subtleties of dusk and dawn, there can sometimes appear to be more light than usual, in winter. It is an illusion of course. While snow and frost is no longer guaranteed, winter still delivers longer nights replete with the magic of flame and fairy-light. Meanwhile outdoor winter light is so subtle, so ethereal, so much rarer, it is lovelier to me than summer sun. Beaches, where shifting seas swallow the light and shine it back like a lantern just when you think it’s all gone, are excellent places to appreciate its vagaries.

Read more in the January 2022 edition of BBC Countryfile Magazine