Friday, January 15, 2010

A few more snowy minimals...



... before it left us.























Before the thaw, one last demonstration of foul temper from the weather: on the Tuesday, a burst of freezing rain.  I've never seen frosted glass that looked like frosted galss before, but that was how our Velux skylight looked,





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There is very little snow left now, just the sodden, sooty, smudged aftermath, and now a night of fog and cold and high winds.  Remarkable moments of peace and beauty, and of warmth and fun and conviviality, but this is a hard, hard winter, all in all.

13 comments:

Dick said...

You've found beauty in the scruffy, slushy passing of all that glorious snow, Lucy.

Lucy said...

Thanks Dick. This was just as it was begining to go, before the really mucky stage. I got rather fascinated with the dripping icicles, and the disappearance of Melusina, but perhaps that's another post. Fortunately the piles of dirty stuff have been washed away pretty quickly, but it all feels a bit bleak at the moment.

Making a start back to work and into other plans after Christmas then being stalled by the weather is surprisingly difficult to adjust to, but not to worry.

Crafty Green Poet said...

what gorgeous photos, lovely details

Dave King said...

A lovely touch - several lovely touches, in fact!

Plutarch said...

Those windows are the essence of cold, colder than ice.

Rouchswalwe said...

We woke to a dense fog this morning. The world around is drippy, sloshy, muck-brown. I had a brief impulse to take my camera out, then decided to curl up on the sofa with the cat and a book instead. Why I think I'll make a cup of hot chocolate now!

Fire Bird said...

yes we had that freezing rain on Wednesday - black ice everywhere, people crawling across roads on hands and knees in Huddersfield, I could barely make it from front door to car and then found car coated all over in a 2mm shell of ice, that took several sprays of de-icer and many minutes and a lot of scraping to shift from the windscreen, breaking up then, crazed like shattered pot or eggshell. Weird.

herhimnbryn said...

These images are so beautiul in their starkness. The rose hip image would make a great card. Have you ever thought of making some at Red Bubbble or similar online site?

Peter said...

How funny that Europe's winter roughly parallels that of the eastern U.S. this year, I think. We've had a lot of snow, our snow now is melting in a thaw, but it's been a hard winter (and so a good winter) overall.

I do like the contrasts and the variety you get out of the snow in your photos.

Lucy said...

Thanks again.

Sorry you had to drive in it, Firebird. I cried off work etc again that day, and glad I did. I've never seen stuff like that before.

HHB - I've thought about cards, and will check Red Bubble. I quite like postcards, Moo do them from Flickr for example, but to have just one of each done is quite pricey. Other developers will do batches, which is good for Christmas cards, I guess, but I'm never organised enough to order them in time.

But I send fewer cards for messages since e-mail arrived, save for birthdays, and I rather like buying cards and collecting other people's images for those, it's the kind of otherwise pointless consumption of pretty stuff that can be justified!

Lucy said...

Peter - yes, a hard winter is a good winter, and now the snow has gone and the sun is shining and the birds singing, there's an exciting intimation of spring. I've had a few moments of feeling a bit worn down by it though. Par for the course really, and not to be flinched from.

Steve said...

I wish I could say the same for our snow. Seems like we are getting more this January than past years.

rb said...

Lovely!

It has all gone here now. It was so strange though to look out that first morning that it had gone - after weeks of white glare there was colour and a softer light.

I miss it now though. I prefer proper weather - cold or heat - well, blue skies at least, not this damp greyness.