Digital Photography


Is it cold where you are today?

Chances are if you’re in the northern hemisphere then you’re rather chilly right now, I know I am! Imagine being able to “chase the sun” (if you were suitably endowed financially). You could fly off to the sunniest, sandiest beach in Australia and there’d be no traipsing through sludge and slush to a freezing cold office, no watching the sun set not long after lunchtime. Perhaps now and again it would be nice to slot in a trip to a picturesque ski resort, just to get a sanitized dose of leisurely snowiness, but that would be it as regards the vagaries of winter.

On the other hand, maybe there are some things I would miss.

The guilt-free hunkering down and delight in domesticated duties like cake-making and, err… cake-eating. I’d miss the twigginess of the trees and the bright berries that are sometime the only colour in a purely monochrome landscape. And the frost; how it can turn the most ordinary of scenes into a Narnia-like winter wonderland.

Viewing an English lanscape in the absolute depths of winter feels like time travelling. Surely it must always have looked like this, we must have always felt the coldness, this piercing icyness. Biting down, deep to the core. Words we speak appear before us like clouds then dissipate into the thin, watery sunlight. Then time travelling in the other direction when we step into our centrally-heated homes, feeling the thaw. A cup of cocoa.

I think I would miss it.

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  • Reply
    Ashley Sisk
    2 December 2010 at 00:23

    It’s pretty chilly here but it doesn’t get COLD until February for us. It looks pretty nippy there. Love that first shot.

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    Angie Willis
    2 December 2010 at 11:14

    Yup – I’d miss it too. There’s a lot to be said for a climate that has four proper seasons. And at the moment we’re in the middle of ‘proper’ winter :-) Lovely photos – there is great beauty in the snow and ice and your images are lovely. Keep warm and keep drinking the cocoa (as long as you can find anywhere that has any milk for sale, that is!). They’re rationing down here in Sussex!

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    2 December 2010 at 16:08

    Very cold here too, but these photographs are just lovely!

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    12 December 2010 at 13:11

    Having the full four seasons is a wonderful thing. I live in Australia and I don’t tend to get a great deal of difference between the seasons … I adore the cold weather and so thoughts of a white, cold Christmas fill me with envy.
    Perhaps we always want what we don’t have? :)

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    stick wars
    25 January 2011 at 12:04

    Well, I was totally blown away with that. I told my wife and she agreed. I would like to hear whatever else you have on this. Excellent!

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