Snow

March 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Monday afternoon and all through the night it snowed, with strong winds driving the snow into drifts across roads and pathways.  Motorists travelling to and from work had a very hard time of it.  I was lucky and got home from work without any trouble but my partner had a more difficult journey, taking 3 hours to travel just 12 miles.  I wasn’t surprised when, the next morning, I learned school was closed. 
Here in the south of the UK, it is not often that we get the chance to photograph in snowy conditions so I usually try to get at least some photography done when it does.  I wasn’t really prepared though, not having much idea of what I wanted to achieve.   As is usually the case in this kind of weather, driving conditions put me off any trips by car and I went for a walk instead.  I took my zoom lens with me as I thought this would be more flexible given my indecision about what to photograph.  However, half way around my route I remembered that I’d had it in mind to photograph some snowdrops.  For the kind of shots I was after my macro lens would have been better but I was nearly at the local snowdrop site so decided to go on.  Unfortunately, when I reached the site I found the snow was so deep that not a single snowdrop could be seen.  I didn’t even know if they were still around or had gone over by now.  Carefully moving some snow from one area I discovered some flowers beneath but only a few and most of those were no longer at their best.  I took a few shots anyway and left, hoping for better next year.

Snowdrops

I enjoyed the walk even though the snowdrop photography had proved to be a bit disappointing and, along the way, I'd picked up some shots of other things.
Snow   Silver Birch

Lichens

Later in the day the sun came out and I decided to make another trip, this time with my macro lens.  After some time spent walking along the other side of the lane I’d walked through in the morning and picking up shots of various plants peeking through the snow I suddenly had a thought.  That morning these plants had been covered by the snow.  If these plants were now peeking through the snow then perhaps the snowdrops were too.   Off I went to the snowdrop site and was rewarded with snowdrops lit by both snow and sun.  As with the clump I'd found in the morning, they didn’t look in their prime anymore so large group shots were not going to be appealing but I was able to get some shots of small groupings and single snowdrops against a snowy backdrop. 
Snowdrop   Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Maybe the announcement of spring in my previous post was a little premature but other seasons are fun too - I enjoyed myself lingering among the last signs of winter.

 


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