Winter in the Park

Think I may have explored every inch of our local park over the last 12 months. As it has become the source of our exercise, outdoor escape, and photographic inspiration.

The park goes through many changes during the seasons, some subtle and some not so much. From the daffodils in bloom in Spring, the wildflowers in Summer, the grass showered in the golden leaves of Autumn, to the frozen landscapes & stick figure trees in Winter.

In Winter especially when it snows the park becomes a Winter Wonderland. I love how the snow frames the stream that runs along the edge of the park and how the trees look almost like silhouettes against the blankets of snow.

Winter may not be my favourite season, but snow brings me a little flurry of joy amidst the Winter blues. #MomentsOfJoy

Bleak Mid-Winter

Although I’m definitely not a fan of Winter, the recent snowfall has made for some nice photographic opportunities without having to venture out too far.

While out for a Winter’s walk there was quite a dense mist coming in over the fields and intermittent flurries of snow, which created some really atmospheric snow scenes. The weather may have been a bit bleak but the chilly Winter’s air was actually quite refreshing and wasn’t too cold.

As you have probably gathered there was one particular tree that caught my attention. After spending some time and many shots later trying to get the perfect photograph, I think I have achieved what I had hoped for. These particular shots although they may look black & white are in fact in colour.

I almost never go out with an image in mind of what I want to capture, a theme maybe but never a final image. I let the world around me just happen and see what catches my eye and my imagination. This Winter’s walk was no exception.

Snowfall

The first snow of 2021 has fallen, just to confirm that Winter is definitely here, in case we didn’t realise that already. So now here in the UK we find ourselves in a frozen COVID lockdown, I guess the snow confirms that we now have had every season during the various COVID pandemic lockdowns.

As of 5th January 2021 here in the UK we find ourselves in our 3rd national COVID lockdown (although in lot of ways it feels like the lockdown has been ongoing since the initial lockdown in March 2020). As you may have seen from my lack of posts recently (due to work commitments and lack of motivation) I’ve not been out much with my camera to take new shots. Autumn pretty much passed me by, then suddenly Winter was here.

Although I hate being cold, weirdly it was the snow that motivated me to get outside for a walk and take some photos of the snow. We are still allowed to go outside for daily exercise (adhering to the COVID guidelines of course). Thankfully these snowy scenes were only just a few meters from our house. So I was able to enjoy the great frozen outdoors without venturing too far.

Beach Huts

The last instalment from our seaside adventure 3 weeks ago, which seems like a lifetime ago, especially now as we look like we’re about to go into another national lockdown.

Beach huts, is this just an English seaside thing? As I’ve never known of these in Scotland, least not on the east coast.

Even on a dull wet day the brightly painted huts added a cheerful splash of colour. I’m sure photos of brightly painted beach huts such as these have been photographed time & time again (and much better shots than the few that I have captured). Had the weather been better I may have stuck around longer to take some more artistic shots. I have since seen an amazing black & white shot of some beach huts similar to these by photographer Sean Mills which has inspired me for the next time I have the opportunity to photograph seaside beach huts.

North Bay

The next instalment from our trip to the seaside….

In the space of a few hours I watched Scarborough’s North Bay change from dramatic stormy silhouettes with crashing waves & rolling tides to a tranquil autumn seaside scene. The bay looked so completely different once the storm had passed. As much as I enjoyed capturing shots of the rainstorm the return of the blue skies were very much welcomed.

The Sea

Following on from my last post, here are some more shots from our recent trip to the seaside (Scarborough, North Yorkshire). The rain eventually eased off momentarily and some blue skies managed to sneak through the clouds. Even with the smallest change in natural light as the clouds started to clear and the rain stopped, it changed the look of the bay, I guess you’d say it showed it in a new light.

My first shot of the tide coming in I think is my favourite out of this small selection. I still have a few more shots of the bay after the rain cleared, which I’m holding back for another post.