Daily Prompt: Meagre

15-dec-2017

A very meagre display for tonight’s setting sun – but I took a picture anyway 🙂

Daily Prompt: Meagre

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A Smattering of Snow…

We don’t usually get much snow here in London so on the rare occasions it does snow, however minimally, I try to capture it as best I can. We woke up this morning to a fine layer of soft slushy stuff that soon started to melt underfoot, so even though it was dull and dreich and still snowing slightly I took my camera out for a walk to see what I could find.

This young couple walked past just at the right moment to place themselves in the centre of my frame…

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And this poor partially-built snowman was missing his head, sitting abandoned and unfinished towards the edge of the frame…

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It’s not deep snow by anyone’s standards; a mere smattering, barely enough to warrant being called a covering. I grew up  in the North of Scotland where six-foot snow-drifts weren’t unheard of, but this is London, and for London, this is about the snowiest it gets! Apparently it’s due to freeze tonight, too, so it will probably be a lot brighter weather-wise, not to mention colder and crisper tomorrow, so maybe I’ll try again…

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Nevertheless I do think the grey dullness of these particular shots creates a beautifully moody monochrome effect, even though all these images were taken in vivid colour 🙂

Wanstead Flats, Leystonstone, East London

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene – Take II

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Another old favourite from my archives…

The blue-grey serenity of an old tree-lined avenue captured in the freezing fog on a cold winter’s morning – ground crisp underfoot and the sharp air catching my breath, with me feeling like a solitary dreamer exploring this soft-veiled other-worldly landscape…

Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London, January 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Sunset Over London

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City sunsets to me are rarely as impressive as those seen in less built-up areas – too much light pollution and less expanse of open space along the skyline to properly appreciate the full effect – so whenever I see even a promising hint of orange glow on the horizon I try to capture it as best as I can.

This was last night’s sunset over London, taken on my way home from work by my camera phone from the footbridge over the A12 in Leytonstone, East London. Not a perfect photograph by any means, but infinitely better than missing the shot altogether.

What surprised me most wasn’t the small number of people like me happy to be capturing the fast-changing colour on their phones on their way past, but the far greater number who walked on by without even lifting their heads to see 🙂