Monday, 20 December 2010

Picture of Ice Crystals on Ice

Took this picture on Saturday. A puddle had frozen solid encasing the grass in ice. Then a dusting of ice crystals had settled on the surface. I think this impressive effect was created by the very rapid freeze we had.

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Snow at Sunset

Finally, the snow of this second December bout has arrived in these parts. A light dusting has covered everything again. We set off on our daily dog walk as the sun set over the village behind us. 

Although the sun could be seen in the west as it just got to settling behind the skyline snow started to gently fall. 
We pressed on like intrepid polar explorers crossing the fields rapidly getting covered in snow. Enjoying the scene and quiet beauty that snow brings as we went. 

It's a shame snow causes such disruption as I enjoy walking in it and would be happy to see it remain all winter.

The snow stopped after half an hour or so and as the sun had set the temperature plunged. Snow flakes were freezing in our hair.

We arrived home to the heat of our coal fire which was most welcome after a good snowy walk. 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

De-snowed but not De-iced

Some long days at work and restricted mobility from having a rear wheel drive car (never again) have restricted my wanderings around and about hence this been my first post for over two weeks.

Finally, this week the very last of our snow melted and we started to get warm. But now winter has returned with a vengeance but not in the form of snow but frozen ground and ice (current temp -6 centigrade). We have, so far, escaped any snow in what is the 3rd(?) installment of  "Freezing 10". Should I copyright that? The media are going to need some new slogans soon to keep up the hyperbole especially now London has been hit.

Thick ice was the feature of our short walk this afternoon. Each puddle had  a smooth glassy finish of at least two inches of clear ice. The weight of four of us and two dogs wasn't enough to make the slightest crack. Every blade of glass was was brittle with ice crystals and crunched under foot. Our breath escaping in great steaming clouds as the freezing air punched the back of our lungs. Our dogs usually ever ready for a long walk even seemed reluctant to press on in the freezing air.

Before long we returned home to our coal fire. Which as the coal man has managed to deliver us some more will be able to blaze away over Christmas. This is rather important as we can't get any oil for the central heating until at least 29th December. Rationing of the heating has been implemented!

Whether it's snow or ice Christmas this year will definitely have a wintry feel.

Friday, 3 December 2010

More snowy sunrise

These are  the pictures I took with my Nokia N8 once the battery went flat on my camera. I couldn't take any more as it was too fiddly to do with my gloves on and my hands started going numb after a couple of minutes with them off.

Snowy sunrise picture

Snowy sunrise - 3 December 2010
I looked out of the window this morning and saw the light of the sunrise giving the snow a golden glow. I dashed out with my camera and this is the photo I got. Unfortunately, it was the only photo as the battery went dead. I may have mildly cursed at my self at that point for being stupid for not charging the battery. I did take some more pictures with my phone but haven't had a chance to check them yet.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Don't forget local businesses

Many of the small businesses on the Yorkshire Wolds rely on passing trade to boost their coffers. During the current spell of bad (extreme?) weather much "passing" isn't going to be going on. So whenever possible we should try to support our local businesses more than ever. So, to practice what I preach I'm now off to the pub for a few pints, a sit by a log fire and to tell tall stories of battling through ten foot drifts to fill the coal bucket!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Snowy dog walk

Our dogs maybe approaching ten years old but their appetite for gallivanting in the snow remains undiminished. At the first sight of us putting on our coats they start to get excited and as soon as the door opens they hurtle outside. They zig-zag back and forth across the tracks at a frantic pace. Maybe the snow holds a smell better than grass as something gives them an extra kick of excitement and it can't be the thought of cold paws. 

Later in the walk and the sky cleared for a while. Looking west the setting sun against the snow made for a stunning landscape. Snow causes chaos but it does give everything a real beauty. When it abates a bit I'll get up on to the high Wolds and take some pictures of snow draped wolds hills and valleys. The abatement might be awhile though as I've just driven to Middleton-on-the-Wolds and the snow was piling down in a relentless wave of white.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Winter food for birds

These berries that shine bright in the afternoon sun will soon be gone. If we have the usual harsh weather of January and February it's going to be a hard winter for birds.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Wispy snow

The powdery snow was blowing around in the wind. It looked like a fine mist drifting across the top of the snow.

Snow blasted trees

Took these photo's this morning whilst out with the dogs. Snow blasted against the trees by the wind from the east as it brings the snow in from the coast and batters the Yorkshire Wolds.

Snow blasted trees on the Yorkshire Wolds

Snow blasted trees on the Yorkshire Wolds

Snow blasted trees on the Yorkshire Wolds

Snow blasted trees on the Yorkshire Wolds

Snow blasted trees on the Yorkshire Wolds

Friday, 26 November 2010

Photo's with new mobile

A selection of photo's taken this evening in low light with my new Nokia N8 mobile. Not bad for a phone but mind you it is a 12 megapixel camera.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Cold tonight

I've just taken our two dogs for a walk down a track on the edge of the village. Snow under foot but a clear moonlit sky. With the wind blowing across the fields it felt extremely cold. I wish I'd worn my hat! Got home and had a look on the Met Office website and worked out the windchill was -7 degrees centigrade. Not a night to be out for long.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Snowing on the Wolds

Snowing heavily and laying in the Garrowby/Huggate area. View from the car window.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Snow to come?

As the potential for the first significant widespread snow of this winter is forecast the national media are going in to overdrive with tales of  "Arctic Blasts" and "Blizzard Conditions".  Although, the forecast is not certainty I do know one thing that is for certain if we do have snow and that is Garrowby and Arras Hills will be closed within the hour. So, if the snow comes I wish you all luck in finding away on to and around the Yorkshire Wolds.

When there is snow under foot and a clear cold blue sky overhead it's a great time for a walk on the Wolds. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to catch some snowy Wolds landscapes on camera. When I get some pictures I'll be posting them on here.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Snowy Scottish Hills

My wife snapped this photograph this afternoon as we drove down the M74. We'd not seen a forecast for snow so were surprised at quantity.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Trees against a darkening sky

I was out with the dogs, as usual, with camera in hand. I noticed the way that the bare trees stood out against the darkening sky. These are the photographs I took of the effect that I saw.

Skidby Mill at Sunset

I was driving near Skidby Mill when I noticed the light of the setting sun on. I stopped the car and took some photographs of the Windmill and setting sun. Here they are.

Yorkshire Wolds Landscapes

Had the day off. Drove around taking pictures of and viewing the Yorkshire Wolds landscape and big skies. Here's a selection of the pictures.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Wet & Windy

Travelled home this evening in driving rain. Driving conditions were not good. My windscreen wipers struggled to keep up, standing water in every slight dip and pitch black. The Yorkshire Wolds can be a wild place in bad weather.

I wonder when we'll get our first snow? The high Wolds can get some significant falls and with an exposed open landscape drifting is a problem.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

More Yorkshire Wolds Autumn Colours

Out dog walking this morning in some glorious autumn sunshine. Plenty of leaves still on the trees with some great contrast in leaf colours on show.

Thursday, 4 November 2010