Praying for Snow

Things can only get better – the UK weather at the start of 2014 has been dreadful, a combination of high winds, high tides and endless rain.  Compared to other parts of the country we have had it quite easy and we are thankful that we live on very high ground but these thoughts provide only fleeting compensation.  The bike remains on charge in the garage, the golf clubs hide in the boot of my car and the cameras remain on the shelf – too dull/wet/cold to venture out.  I find myself praying for snow – still no good for the bike or golf but so much better for the photography.  The only solution has been to delve into the archive; this was taken many winters ago along the lane that runs up from Beaufront Woodhead to Fawcett Hill (the middle chimney is ours).  It is from a time when I was heavily into airbrushing and over-saturation – I have got over it 🙂

Beaufront Woodhead

(click on the image to enlarge)

Digging around for the link to Tom Paxton’s lyrics, I got distracted by a whole series of his videos on Youtube.  I watched him many times live, mostly at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester; his songs, along with Bob Dylan’s, were the primary soundtrack to my teenage years. It is reassuring to find he can still write a cutting lyric:

As I finish this post, the sun is coming out – things are getting better.


  1. easyweimaraner · January 7, 2014

    we have the same weird weather, but I better don’t pray for snow, one snowflake on the street and all people land in the roadside ditch :o)

  2. LaVagabonde · January 7, 2014

    Here in Slovakia it’s been the season of FOG for weeks. An interesting atmosphere, but some snow would brighten things up a bit. The photo is lovely – it’s got a tiltshift-like effect. I’ve recently been going through a tiltshift phase. We all go through our photo edits phases. 🙂 I was into heavy saturation when I first began to play around with editing. And, I’ll admit, I’ve got a few photos with those default Photoshop filters – pointillize, mosaic, etc. Makes me cringe to look at them now. A few turned out nicely, though.

    • northumbrianlight · January 7, 2014

      Thanks for that Julie – I hadn’t tried tiltshift until you mentioned it – it’s addictive 🙂

  3. mydailyminefield · January 7, 2014

    I saw pictures of the waves off the coast of Wales. Reminded me of the Pearl Jam lyric, “A wave came crashing like a fist to the jaw”

    • northumbrianlight · January 8, 2014

      Amazing to watch but glad that we are far removed from those angry seas. Thanks for the reminder – Given to Fly – a superb track.

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