Winter 2011/2012

07th February 2012
We've had an extremely mild season this year in the central south of the UK, with the only real cold weather so far turning up at the beginning of February - even this seems to be everywhere else but around here! Whilst i see reports of snowy chaos from around the country, the countryside around here remains stubbornly drab and devoid of colour or interesting meteorlogical conditions. There's been a few frosty morning here and there, but these have been too few and far between and not of any real note except one, which i was lucky to capture along the banks of the river Stour in January. An intense Hoar Frost had glazed the foliage along the waters edge:

I also captured a shot i had long had in my minds eye at Dudsbury Wier. It was only after i drove out to the New Forest early to find it strangely devoid of any frost or ice that i decided to chance my luck at this location, after frantically trying to decide where to go instead. I knew the sun was in the right place, so got there as fast as i could. The low freezing mist was a nice bonus and i ended up with an image i was pleased with:

I have managed to witness a few decent sunrises and sunsets though, the most vibrant and enthralling both being captured close to Christmas. These were at Winspit, an abandoned cliff top quarry on the Purbeck coast:

This one at Stanpit Marsh, a nature reserve at Christchurch Harbour (i had to desaturate the colours on this, a rarity in post production using RAW!!)

And this at Southbourne Beach, on my way to work:

So all in all i'm relatively happy with some of the shots i've had, just not enough of them. I've had countless missions to various locations on what looked like promising sunrise and sunsets, only to be disappointed...such is the lot of a landscape photographer though! As always though, just being 'out there' is more than enough to keep me happy - anything more is a bonus really...

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