Weekly Photo Challenge: Silence





There’s something eerily silent about walking in a cold wintery landscape – I’ve had fun tonight playing about with online photo effects. The top two images are processed with a ‘blue’ filter effect, and the bottom two with a ‘surrealism’ filter effect, both using Go Art from Fotor. The first and third image show an avenue of trees taken in the freezing fog during January 2017, the second and fourth were taken in the snow last month.

Wanstead Flats, Leytonstone, East London

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silenceย 


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…


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


It’s not deep snow by anyone’s standards; a mere smattering, barely enough to warrant being called a covering. I grew upย  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…


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Wanstead Flats, Leystonstone, East London

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene – Take II


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

Stream of Consciousness: Wood/ Would


Would you walk through the deep winter woods in freezing fog? Would you feel the stillness as you stand and listen, and the silence disturbed only by sudden scurryings in the undergrowth? Would you sigh and smile, take a deep breath, dig your hands deep in your pockets, and trudge forwards, moving onwards into the light…

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Wood/ Would

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful


Winter frosts can bring such a stark monochrome simplicity to our favourite landscapes, but today I found the added atmospheric effect of this morning’s freezing fog softening, smudging and blurring the already muted tonal range even further brought a whole new level of graceful understated elegance to my early morning walk… โค

Wanstead Flats and Wanstead Park, East London

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful