Posts Tagged ‘Snow’

Moel Famau

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

We are lucky enough to have this country park on our doorstep. It’s nothing spectacular when held up against nearby Snowdonia national park, but serves as a great local bolt-hole for a fix of fresh air. Once in a while it all falls into place – with the sun, snow and the last of the autumn colour it starts to feel like somewhere far more remote.

The bottom image is a panorama, molded from seven portrait shots. The clarity of the original image is astounding, but you will have to take my word for it looking at this postage stamp version!

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The Sinister Snowman

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The brief sunshine through the freezing cold today reminded me of one of my favourite poems by Wallace Stevens:

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place
For the listener, who listens in the snow,
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

It snowed today. Actually it really snowed today. It snows occasionally around here during winter, but not until around December or January. I think there was a wee little man that enjoyed the early snow even more than I did…

26th April 2008

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Walls of snow. Haugastøl

The roads here are quite an adventure in themselves. When the wind blows snow onto the roads, you have to wait for a passing snowplow and get in line behind it for the journey to base.

Today it snowed all day, and the wind got up to about 25mph at times. It was a rollercoaster ride snowkiting in whiteout conditions, where moving the kite slightly too quickly was sure to produce involuntary airtime for the rider. We all learned a lot today, and came home exhausted and happy.

You might have noticed that there is a lack of snowkiting action shots here. So far we have had only a few days where the wind has been good enough, and only for some of the day, to snowkite at all. The idea running for a camera instead of a kite in these situations seems way beyond the call duty for at present! You can either take my word that there are people spinning around in the air, flying down snowy hillsides and generally looking like masters of this fledgling sport, or see the daily uploads the trip organisers are adding to their website [here].

21st March 2008

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Meall Bhig from above Coirein Lochain, Arran, Scotland

Cul nan Creagan from Corie nam Meann, Arran, Scotland

3rd Febuary 2008

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Elidir Fawr and Marchlyn Mawr from the summit of Trefan. This was taken in the last 10 minutes of clear weather before a severe blizzard came down for the day.