Do you like temperate climates? Or consistent heat? I really don’t like the cold and damp of winter but without seasonal change, the scenery remains mostly unchanged (and perhaps, eventually, a little dull)? I have to reluctantly admit that I’m probably most suited to putting up with those cold, dark months because I like variety.
This kind of scenery – at Emerald Lake, near Whistler, BC, just wouldn’t be the same without those plunging winter temperatures.
…Land and plants shaped rather beautifully by climate.
Recently returned from a trip to Canada – thought I’d share this.
Moraine Lake in the Rockies – even on a rainy day at the end of September it’s stunningly beautiful. Going so late in the season was a deliberate decision in order to capture some of the Autumn colours up the mountains but of course carried with it the risk of dodgy weather. There had been snow in this area a little over a week before, so I went away equipped with both warm weather gear and a supply of winter thermals!
Photographing in rain is not my idea of fun but this was actually one of the few days when I had to just suck it up and deal with it. It provided me with a worthwhile lesson, confirming what others have said – sometimes the best scenes can be captured on dull, dark days.
We’ve just gone through a ‘Thirty Year Snowstorm’ here on ‘Britain’s South Sea Island’. While many have revelled in the stuff, I have to say I really dislike it, if for no other reason than the effect it has on my garden (so used to the normally milder conditions).
Yesterday I was so happy to see the sun shining again and the snow rapidly dissipating…and then I noticed this little melting heart on our decking, almost as if the weather was apologising for being such a brute for two days.
(BTW, just to keep you up to speed – the uber-sicko I mentioned last time? …Removed from Flickr the day after I reported him).
Since the Autumn of 2008 I’ve been compiling a montage page for each season of photos I’ve taken in and around my garden. I’m so behind on this task but got back to it yesterday. Here’s one I did a while back, for the winter of 2010, plus the two I put together yesterday, showing the spring and then summer of 2011.
I so wish I’d thought to do something similar when my children were growing up – organising photos and picking exact seasons would be a monumental task in retrospect!
It’s the shortest day of the year for those of us up here in the frozen north and so I thought it a good time to finally show my face around here again, in anticipation of new beginnings and the lengthening days ahead on our journey into spring.
~ Anticipation ~
To my friends, both north and south of the border, I wish you all a very happy, safe and relaxed Christmas weekend ahead and above all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2012. May next year be a great one for us all.
This is straight out of camera, no tweaking. It’s of nasturtium and lavender against a backdrop of a big blue pot that I have on my deck … and it makes me smile.
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Dawn in the White Mountains of New Hampshire
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