WINTER WONDERS

We’ve had it all so far this winter: fog, frost, rain, sunshine, wind… Everything you’d expect in winter except… snow. Maybe it’s still to come…

Fog wasn’t my favourite weather phenomenon until I went on a photographic course where one assignment was to take pictures in fog. Daft idea, I thought. But no, it proved to be an exhilarating experience. Long-distance views were a no-go, but close up was a revelation. I peered through the mist at outlines of bare branches, spiders’ webs, and robins. The eerie atmosphere of fog was reproduced, surprisingly effectively, in the subsequent images.

There have been some stunning frosty mornings, enhanced by flaming sunrises and the gradual retreat of whitened grass as the sun breathed its heat onto cold ground, revealing the pale green of winter grass.

Even on dreary non-ish days when the weather systems seem to be asleep, the weather provides a favourite topic of conversation! The variety and unexpected changes of weather from hour to hour as well as from day to day give us something to talk about with colleagues in the office, people at the bus stop, cashiers at the till, and fellow-parents on the school run.

As the old saying goes, “Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot, we’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather, whether we like it or not.” And, as the Bible says, “As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest. There will always be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

 

 

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