Perfect light …

It had been a dull week, dark clouds threatening rain, snow or worse. At best, a dim light filtered through the short days’ clouds, then suddenly, on Thursday morning, there was an almost clear blue sky and perfect light.

I can carry a camera for days around our local lanes and not really see anything worth capturing but on this day and in that light, everything under the sun was photogenic, even the industrious Egger chimney:

Egger chimney ...

Even the most mundane object stood out – this rusted lock, testament to the industry of Henry Squire & Sons Ltd, an independent family owned manufacturer since 1780:

The locked gate ...

Everywhere, there was a sharp, piercing light:

Into the light ...

Shining gate ...
Riding out ...
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Merry Christmas

This may be my last post for a while, much will depend on how good the Internet connection is on Hurtigruten MS Finnmarken.  So, in case I cannot get connected, a very Merry Christmas to all my followers, many thanks for taking the time to like and comment on my increasingly random thoughts throughout the year and all the best for 2015.  More importantly, many thanks for all the wonderful posts.  The quality of television is in inverse proportion to the quantity i.e. the more channels there are the worse it gets – by contrast WordPress always entertains 🙂

2014-Christmas-wordpress

Here’s hoping this is what we actually see:

Here Comes the Sun

I have been out of circulation for a few days. We have been on a rail trip to Inverness where we saw every conceivable type of weather except sunshine. It wasn’t until this afternoon that the sun finally emerged over righteous Hexham – it has been a long time coming. Fortunately, I was persuaded to abandon the keyboard for an hour and these are the results which, once again, owe more to Velvia simulation than nature. I like the effect so I have resisted de-saturating:

The Sun at LastTh Sun at Last

Despite the sun, in our absence, it would seem that Hexham has had a spot of weather too.  Some of the roads are more like rivers:

River Road

(click on the images to enlarge).

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PS – I am having problems seeing the images on some blogs. Apologies if I seem to be ignoring some postings but I can’t see them either in the reader or directly in the blog.

Sunday Walk

Last year we travelled as far east as St Petersburg, as far west as Quebec, as far south as Tunis and as far north as Cape Wrath yet some days I think we would have been happier just walking up the road – there is not much beats Northumberland on wild winter days (yes, I know, St Petersburg is marginally further north than Cape Wrath – poetic licence 🙂 ).

After seemingly endless days hibernating in front of a PC screen I was finally persuaded to venture out – it was good advice.  The lanes around our home were looking at their best under a blanket of snow despite flat grey skies.

Fawcett Hill Looking west from above Acomb Trees near Acomb Grasses in snowThere was more snow forecast overnight and it duly arrived with a vengeance – I am delighted.  This is the view from our front door; I have no intention of venturing further although the tyre tracks suggest our neighbour has set off for work.  Getting back could prove quite difficult – all roads up to Beaufront Woodhead involve a steep incline at some point.

Snow at the door