Breaking the ice

by on Jan.11, 2010, under Choppington Woods, Photography

With Sarah back at work, we finally had some time to go out together on Saturday morning.  Watching a procession of cars skidding and sliding along the road outside our house, we decided to leave the Landy on the drive and go for a walk around Choppington Woods.  First though, there was an icicle that had been developing steadily over the last two weeks and should have made a good image.  Unfortunately it was above our bedroom window so required an uncomfortable, and potentially risky, manouvre.

Rack of icicles above our window

Rack of icicles above our window

The start of the interesting icicle can be seen along the branch on the right of the image.  In total it was over 2 feet long, and dangling above Sarah’s car…

Apparently, in some countries it's illegal to let icicles develop on your property

Apparently, in some countries it's illegal to let icicles develop on your property

The first golden light of the day began to selectively illuminate some of the trees around our garden, so I took a quick shot before we went to see if we could find the same light in the woods.

Our patio, golden light and eleven bird feeders

Our patio, golden light and eleven bird feeders

Sarah has, for some time now, been the guinea-pig for the ‘how to take your camera off auto’ approach that we’re employing on our beginners photography courses this year.  It’s a good job we’re both so relaxed about things, as a teacher-student relationship between husband and wife has so many potential pitfalls 🙂

We found that golden light that we were searching for and, as photographically beautiful light often does, it offered just a few seconds of opportunity.

A fleeting chance

A fleeting chance

As we continued our walk, finding tracks of Red Fox, Roe Deer and Otter, Sarah decided to turn her hand to portraiture.  Now, I’m much happier behind the lens (and I’ve photographed quite a few weddings, and more baby portraits than I care to remember) but this wasn’t too bad an experience.

As happy as a Polar Bear in snow...

As happy as a Polar Bear in snow...

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