Two days ago we woke to discover that the landscape had been transformed overnight. Fields, trees and buildings were covered with a blanket of snow – the first of the winter – creating a hushed, fairyland scene.
The photographs were taken looking out through the kitchen window.
The snow on the patio furniture provides an indication of the depth of the snowfall.
It has been a most unusual winter so far: lots of rain, lots of wind, a succession of damaging storms, but on Sunday morning we woke to discover everywhere covered by a picturesque blanket of snow. ‘ Is this the beginning of winter?’ we asked..
Jackdaws and crows retreated to the highest branches of trees and looked down in disgust.
A bemused blackbird peered over the roof top.
The snow of a few days ago was short-lived but, nevertheless, produced patterns that gave birth to a number of abstract images.
Trees iced with a thin veneer of snow create a magical, fairyland scene.
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The pictures below are of the same tree taken on two consecutive days, yesterday and today (Friday). Yesterday shiny patches of bark sparkled in the brilliant winter sunshine. Today, following an overnight fall of snow (our first this winter!) the sun still shone, though somewhat intermittently.
Winter is often portrayed in pictures displaying mid-distance or panoramic features – fields, trees, buildings coated in snow. But as I looked out through the kitchen window yesterday morning, my attention was drawn to the many ‘micro-landscapes’ – mini winter scenes – formed by the thawing snow, and all just a few feet away.
I’ve presented a small but varied selection below. Each of the areas photographed was less than 1 metre square.
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In the first, the ice crystals glisten in the sunlight like jewels in a tiara
Sometimes there is a suggestion of frozen movement
The third presents a scene of contrasting textures and colours.
No need to elaborate I think. The title says all. The snow provided the highlights.