Yesterday there was a lot of freezing rain falling and coating the world in sparkly ice. Being sensible people we stayed indoors, exercised in the basement, and ventured forth this morning to see the world glittering. Freezing rain is a pain, and potentially dangerous, for anyone who has no options but to go [...]
Just playing around on a dull day, but it was fun ... though certainly not great art. Yesterday, NY Eve, was thickly fogged all day long as the abnormally warm weather lifted water vapour form the snow which hung around in the absence of wind. Fog is interesting and I spent a bit [...]
Almost the year's end ...
Today is the Winter Solstice ... From this day onwards the daylight hours will start to lengthen and we can know that spring is coming, even if not quite yet. We celebrate Christmas along with everyone else as we have done for seven decades and more, but this is the day that [...]
The clacks went back this weekend ... darker afternoons for all.
There is something about the garden's very early morning light at this time of year, as summer starts to fade and autumn waves enticingly from the wings, that really starts a day off well. All the more so with a mug of tea. It doesn't get much better than this. Verse [...]
Nine years ago we were birding and botanising in Austria and the Czech Republic with a pause for history and culture in Prague. I was especially struck by the interplay of light on the stone columns in this medieval cathedral.
This photo was taken in a forest on the west coast of Scotland about five years ago and was remarkable for the mossy layer covering around and bark - extraordinarily atmospheric. More recently, I happened to be reminded of Terry Pratchet's "Wee Free Men" and for some reason this image bubbled to the surface [...]
Sometimes, the colours of flowers, especially yellows and golds, really "pop" after sunset but before it is fully dark. There are creatures out there in the garden still quietly going about their business.