Morning Frost, West Sussex

Trees, Horsham, West Sussex January 2020

Christmas isn’t the coldest time of the year in the UK. In December, we can usually relax because the coldest months for us are January and February, So, after a relativly wet Christmas, the weather has turned increasingly colder and finally we having really hard frosts – as you can see in these photographs.

Frost on Tree, Horsham, West Sussex January 2020

This year, I forget to buy a calendar and to make any New Year’s resolutions. Is it too late? What should they be? I like taking photographs – as you can see. Should it be to do with that? During lockdown I wrote a novel (I think there will be glut of novels when this is over) – struggling with editing at the moment. Should they be to do with that?

What do you want to do in the New Year?

Frozen Cobweb, Horsham, West Sussex January 2020

Tammisaari, Finland

Near Tammisaari, Finland 2004

Sometimes, I think being from the UK makes the rest of the world seem a much more dramatic place. People start to moan when the weather even gets near to 0 and when it goes a couple of degrees below, certain newspapers start trumpeting about an”arctic vortex”, when really, it is just a bit cold.

In Finland by contrast, no one mentions the weather until it gets to about -15 degrees or so. A Finnish friend asked me why I thought it was strange to ride a bicycle in the snow – it was perfectly normal to her.

If the whole cold thing interests you, I recommend visiting the Culture Museum in Helsinki. I particularly enjoyed reading about Kai Donner’s adventures in northern Finland, where it gets really cold.

Anyway, when I took this picture, it must have only been about -10. And it wasn’t windy. So no macho points for me.

But it was very quiet and still, possibly silent.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London March 2018

One of the things about being off the coast of a continent, is that you can never be quite sure what the weather will do next. Last March, just as we were coming out of winter, it suddenly snowed quite heavily and gave us all a surprise.

Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, London April 2018

One month later, the snow has gone and it is definitely Spring.

Everything passes.

After An Ice Storm, Emory 2001

Ice, Emory 2000

When I moved to to Atlanta, I was convinced that I had managed to avoid a British winter and that it would be short sleeves all year round. You know, ‘cos it’s  next to Florida. As it turns out, I was wrong, and it was freezing!

I think I found this picture in Emory, which is a small suburb of Atlanta near Decatur where I lived (home to an illustrious college).

Technical Details

Olympus OM2 + 50mm F1.8 using Kodachrome 64. I used to love Kodachrome, each frame being a drop of beautiful colour.