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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.
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.
Click the photo to enlarge.
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.
There is something of an expletive about this pattern – it’s not difficult to provide a first and last letter and an appropriate number of asterisks to suit your choice! But I’m attracted by the way the marks use the available space in, for me, a very expressive manner.
This image was initially an unsuccessful photo of a ‘cow parsley’ seed head protruding through the snow. To ‘rescue’ it I decided to remove the texture of the snow and heighten the contrast. There was little improvement, but when I flipped it horizontally and rotated it 90 degrees anti-clockwise the eccentric ice skater emerged. Just a bit of fun!
The snow has arrived – quite late this winter. It fell during the night on Saturday and we awoke yesterday morning to a covering of 12cm-15cm – deeper in places. Here, in rural Northamptonshire, the scene was transformed into a Winter Wonderland – very picturesque.