February

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Oh my goodness! This is my first post of 2023!
A very belated Happy New Year – well I have been super busy these past four weeks, I know for a lot of people January seems to have 586 days but it has honestly flown by for myself.

What have I been up to? Well lots! From visited Castle Howard, Beningbrough Hall to visiting art galleries, museums and historic places.

In the coming months I am going to an Ice Trail, a short break in the Lake District and more drone videos & images to take.

The local duck pond iced over with -7 degrees – SJ Butler Photography

Spellbound

Emily Brontë

The night is darkening round me,

The wild winds coldly blow;

But a tyrant spell has bound me

And I cannot, cannot go.

The giant trees are bending

Their bare boughs weighed with snow.

And the storm is fast descending,

And yet I cannot go.

Clouds beyond clouds above me,

Wastes beyond wastes below;

But nothing drear can move me;

I will not, cannot go.

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Sun Rise January

Another beautiful cold and frosty day & another beautiful sunrise. January is turning out to…

February Reflections

My portfolio from February 2022, hope you like seeing my work from this month, looking…

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Happy New Year

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Happy new Year! Thank you for all your interactions, purchases and donations it is much appreciated. Here’s to 2023 and more travels and photography.

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Spring 2018

Well another weekend (nearly) already! As there has not been any gorgeous sunrises or sunsets…

Happy New Year

Happy 2022 to you all. I hope that this year is going to be happy…

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Travels

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Back from a visit to Derbyshire and Leicestershire with lovely weather for the most of it! I’ve just got back so not had time to sort all the images I took out but this one I wanted to show you. A beautiful stag in Bradgate Park on 21/12/22. I didn’t see Father Christmas but I’m guessing he was in the cafe with a hot chocolate before the big day!

“I’ll overcome
Silent songs I’ll be humming on
‘Til you sing along
Come as you are, ignited
Some lights are a different kind
Never burning out Darkness and dust
Quiet shadows are dancing now
Asking for my hand
I’m hanging on fine
I’m trying to make sense of it all
Trying to understand
Do you ever wonder what it’s like
Losing what you cannot be without
I will keep running
I try I’ll overcome
Fading stars echo
Reminding us they know
We’ve come too far to let go
Don’t let go.”

Skott
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December

A big thank you to all who have purchased andy cards or prints from me…

December Ice

A very cold start to the week with freezing fog and temperatures only just rising…

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Cold & Icy

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Another absolute freezing week! There has been some really sharp frost recently but no snow here in North Yorkshire. Hoping for a bit of the white stuff for Christmas day but we’ll see. Have a good week and keep yourself warm.

“Frost grows on the window glass, forming whorl patterns of lovely translucent geometry.

Breathe on the glass, and you give frost more ammunition.

Now it can build castles and cities and whole ice continents with your breath’s vapor.

In a few blinks you can almost see the winter fairies moving in . . .

But first, you hear the crackle of their wings.”

Vera Nazarian
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June Sunset

Sunsets, sunsets and more sunsets! Hope you like these montages of sunsets over the past…

Summer Solstice

The summer solstice, otherwise known as the longest day of the year, is on the…

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What a mild day!

Such a beautiful end to what started as a very wet morning. It is really mild here, with temperatures set to reach 16 by Friday. That’s crazy!

The Minster looking glorious in the bit of late afternoon sun.
There’s a squirrel running around in those trees.

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Christmas Eve Eve

December days

Ooo! You’re getting two posts from me today!

A really damp and grey day again. This time we went out for a lovely walk near the lake.

No fancy camera today, just my phone

Before heading back to the warmth of the fire

Z cat keeping warm near the fire. (don’t worry the candle is fake)

Springtime 🌸

Oh my goodness sorry for not posting for a while! I don’t know where time is going! It’s lovely to see that Snoring is on its…

February

Oh my goodness! This is my first post of 2023!A very belated Happy New Year – well I have been super busy these past four weeks,…

Happy New Year

Happy new Year! Thank you for all your interactions, purchases and donations it is much appreciated. Here’s to 2023 and more travels and photography.

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When does winter start?

How you define the first day of winter depends on whether you are referring to the astronomical or meteorological winter.

The day in our calendar that marks the first day of winter usually refers to the astronomical seasons which are a result of the Earth’s axis and orbit around the Sun.

Astronomical winter

This year, astronomical winter begins on 21 December 2021 and ends on 20 March 2022.

8 interesting facts about winter

Whether you dread the windy weather or look forward to the crisp mornings, find out 8 interesting facts about winter.

Winter is a fascinating time of year and we’ve got 8 interesting facts about the season.

Photo by freestocks.org on Pexels.com

1. Winter is coming

There are two different dates when winter could be said to begin, depending on whether we are referring to the Meteorological or Astronomical winter.

Astronomical winter is defined by the Earth’s orbit around the Sun and begins on the winter solstice, which falls on 21 or 22 December.

However, when recording and comparing climate data, it is important to have set dates that can be compared and so for this reason a fixed date of 1 December is used to mark the start of the meteorological winter.

2. Earth is closest to the Sun in winter

You might be surprised to know that in the northern hemisphere the Earth is closest to the Sun during winter.

Around 3 January, the Earth reaches perihelion (peri meaning ‘near’ and helion meaning ‘sun’) and the Earth is 3.1 million miles closer to the Sun than at aphelion (around 5 July when the Earth is furthest from the Sun).

Earth’s distance from the Sun is not what causes the seasons but it does affect the length of them. Around perihelion, the Earth is moving around 1 kilometre per second faster than at aphelion which results in winter being 5 days shorter than summer.

Perihelion

Peri = near

Helion = sun

(metOffice web)

3. The coldest temperature recorded in winter

The coldest temperature ever recorded during a UK winter was -27.2 °C, which has been recorded 3 times. It was twice recorded in the village of Braemar, on 11 February 1895 and again on 10 January 1982, and once in Altnaharra on 30 December 1995. Both sites are in the Scottish Highlands.

4. The winter of 1963

The winter of 1963 is one of the coldest on record and the coldest since 1740. Temperatures consistently reached lower than – 20 °C with blizzards, snowdrifts and even the sea freezing around the coast.

The severe cold began just before Christmas in 1962 as a high pressure system sat to the northeast of the UK for much of the winter, dragging cold polar winds over the UK.

On 29 and 30 December, a blizzard struck the UK with snowdrifts up to 6 metres deep. Snow continued to fall frequently and until early March 1963, much of the UK remained covered in snow.

5. The roots of winter

The word winter comes from the Germanic wintar which in turn is derived from the root wed meaning ‘wet’ or water’, and so signifies a wet season.

In Anglo-Saxon cultures, years were counted by the winters, so a person could be said to be ‘2 winters old.’ The first day of winter was also of symbolic importance named Vetrardag and falling comparatively early in the year between 10 and 16 October.

6. Wet snow vs. dry snow

Ever wondered why sometimes snow sticks together and sometimes it’s powdery and loose? The reason for this lies in the snowflake’s journey as it falls through the atmosphere.

Snowflakes that fall through a dry, cool atmosphere will be small and powdery and won’t stick together. We call this dry snow – it’s ideal for skiing, but not for building a snowman.

The snowflakes that form wet snow will have fallen through temperatures slightly warmer than 0 °C. As they fall, the snowflakes melt slightly around the edges and stick together to form large, heavy flakes. These stick together easily and are the best for a snowball fight and making snowmen.

7. Reindeer vision

Some reindeer living above the Arctic Circle live in complete darkness for several weeks of the year.

To adapt to this, a small area of tissue behind the retina called the tapetum lucidum changes colour from a gold colour in summer months to blue in winter. This allows the reindeer’s eyes to detect ultraviolet light and to see in the dark.

8. How much water is there in snow?

The exact amount of water contained in snow can vary quite significantly depending on how the snow formed, but as a general average, every 12 cm of snow would provide 1 cm of water.


Snowman piano – D Peppiatt (original H Blake)

Travels

Back from a visit to Derbyshire and Leicestershire with lovely weather for the most of it! I’ve just got back so not had time to sort all the images I took out but this one…

Cold & Icy

Another absolute freezing week! There has been some really sharp frost recently but no snow here in North Yorkshire. Hoping for a bit of the white stuff for Christmas day but we’ll see. Have a…

Spring Snow II

Well, this has been a cold week; jumpers and hats back out of the cupboard! Today we’ve had more snow – just light flurries on and off today. The poor Magnolia tress was not looking…

Big Butterfly Count

People across the UK are being asked to take part in an annual count of butterflies starting on the 15th July. I was only…

Saturday Motivation

“Magic waited for me in the morning dew of this brand new day.” BL Bates  

A Touch of Green

It has been a brilliant start to a new week; time is flying pat so fast I can’t believe it’s the 10th May already.…

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Birthday Week

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We made it!

Another week, where are they going?!

My birthday was on Thursday and I went out to beautiful carol singing in Bedern Hall.

It was really beautiful and atmospheric and I wish that I had videoed it but I didn’t.

I sat there with my eyes closed listening to the 4 beautiful voices reaching highs that I could only make if I’d stood on a piece of lego!

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January Reflections

My portfolio from January 2022, hope you like seeing my work from this month, looking…

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Beautiful mild day

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.

A magical thing.

And sweet to remember.

We are nearer to Spring than we were in September.

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.”

Oliver Herford

Mild December Days

It has been a mild weekend. A chance for me to get out into the garden and clean the bird bath and top up their drinking water.

Over the weekend I receive the first few Christmas cards throughout my letterbox. They all showed snowy wintery scenes, pictures of fat robins or carol singers in the snow.

We don’t seems to get any carol singers anymore. Not like I used to when I was younger, I even went carol singing myself.

We also don’t get White Christmas’s any more either. Not in Yorkshire anyway! I would love some of the white stuff on the 25th, only if I could justify sitting in the house all day with the fire on!

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Robin in the garden
Time for tea
Don’t forget to feed the birds
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A most beautiful sunrise

Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight.
Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning

Pink Sunrise
&
Sharp Frost

A most beautiful sunrise this morning. The whole sky was lit up pink!

A sharp frost had also made wonderful ice patterns on the roof of my car and the shed windows..

Also, the saying
Red sky at night, shepherds’ delight.
Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning
is quite relevant for today as we have another storm heading our way. This time it’s storm Barra. As long as it doesn’t do any more damage to my shed (the last storm blew my shed door off!)

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Ice on the bird bath
Gorgeous sunrise
Frost on ferns
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