Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter

Piazza, Central Saint Giles

Cold rain and Christmas Lights – Winter in London

London has seen little of Jack Frost’s icy fingers so far this year.  Only one morning of snow flakes that melted almost before they touched the ground and a couple of heavy frosts.   Perhaps January and February will bring colder, fresher, weather and the delights of a crunchy landscape?

Like it was in January 2010…

Long Lane


  1. I really liked the comparison. Great photos. 🙂

    Here, even the rain has not arrived, so the snow seems far far away. But it’s surely is very cold. 🙂

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  2. I am not so keen on the idea of snow, though it is good for photos, but a few bright frosty mornings where your breath hangs on the air would be nice.

    This weather is making us redefine winter!

    Happy New Year. I look forward to enjoying more of your posts.

    1. Hi Isobel – Yes, I only want the snow for the photo opportunities… Although the heavy rain brings its own blessings in that department too 🙂 Is Winter moving? I think we should be told 😉

      Happy new year to you too – look forward to reading more about Not Cat 🙂

  3. I love the London Christmas lights!
    I lived south of London for a few years, and I actually think I prefer the dry cold of a western Canadian winter than the damp cold of a British winter… although much of that was probably due to the slow, poor heating system of our house in England!

    1. Hi Margie – thanks for popping in 🙂 Yes, the cold here is often damp: Probably because it doesn’t get cold enough! Glad you enjoyed the lights. Have a great 2012 🙂

  4. Great photos, I love the first one, the snowy one makes me feel coooold! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, it makes it all worthwhile when people stop to say hello. We have had a simply beautiful day on the South Coast today – one would think it was summer looking at the photos. http://wp.me/p1jkAI-1eh Happy New Year Ronnie@hurtledto60

    1. Hi Ronnie – Thank you very much 🙂 I loved your winter seascapes; they did remind me of Cromer! Looks lovely where you were today – nice weather in Finchley too but the Football was ‘orrible, of which more on my blog later 😦 Thanks for popping in and very best wishes to you and your’s for the new year 🙂

  5. The first picture is so pretty. I love the wet look and the reflections. We didn’t get any snow, I think the snow resorts are hurting. I would love to try to ski.

    1. Thank you Connie – I’m still waiting for some snow too. It’s hard for those seasonal businesses when they have to rely on the weather… But I think I’ll leave skiing to those capable of such feats – give me flying any day 😉 Have a great 2012!

    1. Thanks Cecelia. Sorry if the second photo was too cold – I don’t like to chill my visitors! 😉 Hope you had a great Hannukah and my best wishes for 2012 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Nancy – sorry I’ve not popped by a lot recently. Must catch up with you and your writings as a matter of urgency. Best wishes to you and your’s for 2012 🙂

  6. Your photos have me desiring cooler a climate. You could send some of that cooler weather my way Martin. We had 29C yesterday. I hate hot weather, looking forward to Autumn already. 6:20am & it’s already 23 degrees. Phew it’s gunna be another scorcher.

    1. Hi Tony – I don’t know if taping a print of one of my photos to the aircon would help? I don’t like hot weather much either but I can walk through it. We had 40 degrees at Tours on a flight down to the south of France a few years back. We couldn’t leave the aircraft standing in one spot for too long – it would have sunk into the tarmac! Ray (my fellow pilot) and I went through 8 litres of water on that one and when we got to our hotel in Villefranche de Lauragai my Wife put away two large Kronenbourg’s in swift succession without either touching the sides! She doesn’t normally touch Lager 😉 Hope it cools down for you – Best wishes for 2012 🙂

  7. Great entry for this week theme Martin I love the view of your winter photo
    wish you luck for 2012 more power to your blog 🙂

    1. Thanks Patti – we’ve got those grey skies here this morning but no snow, just strong winds and intermittent rain 😦 You have a great 2012 🙂

    1. Thanks Maggie – I can’t claim to have deliberately timed it that way… I was too busy worrying about raindrops on the lens 😉 Best Wishes for 2012 🙂

  8. Stunning contrast of the city glitz and the suburbs warm(even in Winter) and family oriented atmosphere. Either way, both are beautiful and wonderful. You’re a very talented man. Happy New Year to you and your family.

  9. Both are beautiful photos, but the one taken more recently is exquisite. Your photography skills have really grown since you took the first photo. Congratulations Martin and Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks Theresa – The older shot was taken specifically for the Geograph project so i wasn’t trying to achieve anything artistic, just give an accurate portrayal of Long Lane in the snow. That said, I believe my skills are improving – it’s been a re-learning exercise after a gap of around 15 years during which I didn’t really take many photos 🙂

  10. I really want some snow now, so I can get some more wintery photos for the archive. 🙂 Thank you for the photo tip by the way Martin! Would love to have some more of your advice in the future.

    Happy New Year!

    1. Yes, some snow would be nice COR 🙂 I don’t think you need too much advice – your photos look good to me. Here’s a thought you might find of interest – I see you were out photographing one of the protests earlier in the year – try being one of the protesters… I think you get more intimate shots that way.

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