Dramatic Scenes Await:
Soon, cold and dark winter days will be upon us once more in West Cumbria.
Winter is a time when creatures with common sense hibernate, and us humans continue with the daily grind. But, there is nothing better than sitting by a roaring fire to warm up the soul, while the flickering flames induce an almost hypnotic trance.
The winter period is dank and dreary, but also offers up some fantastic opportunities for dramatic scenes for the photographer – and I can’t wait to get out into the cold to see what I can capture.
Roll on winter!
John Burroughs: He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.
Are we due an exceptionally cold winter?
1683–1684, “The Great Frost”, when the Thames, hosting the River Thames frost fairs, was frozen all the way up to the London Bridge and remained frozen for about two months. Ice was about 11 inches thick in London and about 47 inches thick in Somerset. The sea froze up to 2 miles out around the coast of the southern North Sea, causing severe problems for shipping and preventing use of many harbours.
1739–1740, one of the most severe winters in the UK on record. The Thames remained frozen-over for about 8 weeks.
1946–1947, became one of the snowiest UK winters to date, with nearly continuous snowfall from late January until March.