Archive for the ‘snow’ Tag
These are the last couple of shots from last weekends wander in the snow, which has now completely disappeared overnight mainly due to the rain and high winds that we now have! Hopefully I can move on to some more Springlike images!! Although these dead and decaying seed-heads have slumber like beauty all of their own…
Now you may have heard of the saying ‘curiosity killed the cat’ (as a cat lover I’m not a fan of this saying!!) but have you ever heard of ‘curiosity killed the sheep’?? As a seasoned lover of sheep I just had to stop at the side of the road and take a photo of these chaps, all huddled together feasting on a recent delivery of fresh hay, bringing a little taste of summer meadows back to them. I was shooting from a fair distance as sheep are usually quite timid creatures, choosing to rush off in the opposite direction at the slightest movement, but these little guys decided that I warranted a closer inspection, bunching closer as they edged forward, safety in numbers, still on their toes and edgy but definately bolder than the average sheep. I just loved the contrast of their thick dark brown wool against the snow, they looked so warm and cosy, almost huggable (I dont think sheep hugging is an offence??) but what I loved was this particular sheep in the middle of the flock who seemed less interested in the hay and more interested in me, almost like he is playing hide and seek! Also note the various coloured ear tags…..a sheep fashion statement maybe?
This is another of the images taken last weekend whilst out enjoying the recent snow. I wanted to keep the theme of white whilst trying to go a little off the beaten track, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I have tended to stay with tried and trusted methods but with the sheer brilliance of the snow I tried breaking a few rules and wanted to achieve something different. Some time ago I posted a shot of a swan sleeping, in colour, detailing the feathers and highlighting the colour in an otherwise white bird. This time I have photographed this very willing subject with the emphasis on the whiteness of his plumage. He was an absolute star, preening and posing to perfection, a beautiful Swan indeed, white as the snow around him, not in the least bit bothered by my constant fiddling with the camera and recomposing the image! So here he is in all his winter white glory…
I set out last year to photograph all that is around us, everyday life that seldom achieves recognition as a way of teaching myself how to use my camera. I have photographed lots of different things since I began, and more and more I am trying out my own ideas rather than copying others or play follow my leader. My logic behind this is that those people can obviously do it a lot better than me, so I am leaning more and more towards going my own way, finding a different perspective on the ordinary, but all the time finding inspiration in others. This shot is one from the weekend, id spent a good couple of hours wandering the parklands, noticing others with cameras, observing their endeavours…. all the time wondering what they had on their memory cards yet feeling as though I wanted to do something far removed from their creations. So, feeling a little despondent I headed home along the lane that I travel almost everyday on my way to work and that’s when I saw the views I had created in my mind, the single hedgerow cutting through the snow laden land posted a few days ago, and a single gate left open, faded string reaching out on the icy breeze, the only movement in an otherwise frozen vista, the gate open but to where with the horizon lost in the glare of the snow, stubble standing rebellious above the whiteness and a feeling of glorious isolation…inspiration indeed.
Some months ago I took a shot of this view across a field entitled Gold and Black, the rapeseed oil crop was in full effect and against the grey heavy sky of an oncoming storm it looked so dramatic. So, on my way home from Coombe Abbey I decided to revisit the same location to see how it looked against the stark grey and white of the recent snows. I love the contrast between the two images, one alive with colour, the other devoid of anything remotely interesting, although I actually really like the contrast between the dark grey foreboding skies and the crisp white of the recently fallen snow, a few twigs sticking up through the blanket of white, a few outlines of trees in the distance creating a natural break between grey and white. Something of a step away from my usual image but then again isn’t that what this blog was supposed to be about, to try something new, to achieve something different, to capture the old and the new……and to occasionally break the mold!
Finally winter has arrived here in Leicestershire and although it got off to a slow start it has continued to snow over the weekend and is still falling hard as we speak. Yesterday I decided to risk it and drove over to a local country park although the roads had been cleared and so it was quite a picturesque drive. The park looked beautiful although the sky was still heavy and grey, and so I made the most of the quiet (think most had decided to stay at home) and took a steady walk round before it got too cold to shoot! Here is just one of the shots, as I may not get chance to shoot over the next few days I will upload some more this week.
Wednesday, funny name for a day, the more you say a word the funnier it sounds. Now I know youre all reading this thinking what a strange opening for a blog but I like to mix it up a little! Language is something we all use everyday, whether its English, French, German or whatever language you use and its something we all take for granted. I have always envied those who can speak more than just the language they are brought up know, its a skill and I wish I had studied harder in French lessons when I was at school! As for the weather well last week we had unseasonably warm weather yet today just 20 miles up the road has had snow although at the time this shot was taken it was raining…..a weird weather Wednesday all in all!
Day 25 already! Time really is flying by but the great thing is that writing this blog is almost a day by day record, I can look at a day and the image instantly takes me back to that day, that place and a moment in time! The image today is of a flower that I love and in yet its only with us for a short time and then its gone, yet year on year you look for its arrival, a sign that Winter is ebbing away and Spring is only a whisper away. I drove past this place on Friday, known locally as Temple Hill, and saw that the delicate stems and wax like buds were making a break through the remnants of the last snows and frosts, so this morning I parked up and walked to the small wooded bank and there they were, heads bowed yet greeting me, gently quivvering in the cool breeze, miniture ballerinas tiptoeing over the bank…….probably my favourite image yet! (Please note that again this image is not pin sharp as the breeze was quite strong and these flowers are so delicate that the slightest whisper and they dance!)