The scene earlier this morning. It had snowed overnight and a few inches were lying. This lot vanished by noon only to be replaced by fresh stuff afterwards.
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Snowy Roadside – Watercolour
Just an old piece of fence and some shrubs at the side of the road. Spotted during a walk in yesterday’s snow. The hills beyond were fading in and out of vision as the snow fell.
Edinburgh from a wintry Tormain Woods – Watercolour
Loads more snow today with heavier amounts forecast later in the week. We want oor spring!!!!
A Magical Place – Inktense
This is the view towards the far (west) end of Tormain Woods, Ratho. A style allows access to the high point of Tormain Hill where evidence of earlier peoples can be seen in the form or “cup and ring” carvings. These are indentations in stones set into the ground and must be thousands of years old. This is a quiet place and can be rather eiriee and spooky especially when the weather is misty. Its quite magical, the only noise being birdsong echoing through the trees.
Ratho Community Woodland – Watercolour
Originally started in 1992, this small area was an unused piece of ground next to the primary school. There are a fair mixture of young trees but this scene shows the birches which stand out at this time of year. The area is a peaceful place to relax in and is well appreciated by folks in our village.
Towards the Pentland Hills in snow – Watercolour
Inspired by an early snowfall this morning I decided to try to capture the trees higher up in the Pentland Hills, south of our village. Around the same time I was looking through sheets of wood veneer for a project I’m working on and came across a piece of Magnolia. Eureka! The wood was the same colour as the sky so I now have conifer trees under a magnolia sky.
A quiet end to the year – Watercolour
One of my favourite views in the local woods. It strikes me that the calendar changes, tonight, but the trees remain much as they always have done over the past 35 years we have stayed here. Nice and comforting. Happy New Year everyone and all the best of everything in 2013.
Cliftonhall Road by Ratho – Watercolour and Ink
After some dodgy weather forecasts one came through
Stav’ got it right
As temperatures fell, around tea time, last night,
We studied the forecast and wondered
Would it rain, hail or snow, you know, that sort of thing?
Or maybe a wee bit o’ thunder?
But Stav* promised us snow, plenty of snow
Traffic disruption an’ a’
Some rain would fa’ first on frozen highways
And then they’d be plenty of sna’.
Dawn came, it looked nice, though no sign of snow
Just an overcast sky and some cloud.
So I went to the shops walking down a steep hill.
“Whar’s yer sna’ noo?”, I cried out aloud.
Then a stiff wind sprang up, rain blew in from the west.
It fell on the ground and froze fast.
It was hard to stand up or make headway back home
And I nearly fell twice on my (censored).
I finally got home and began to thaw out.
My frozen demeanour a sight
Stav had promised us snow, plenty of snow
At least half of his forecast was right.
A warming hot drink with a hot bacon roll
Just the thing to feel human again
A wee sleep in the chair, cosy fire in the grate
I’m sure there’s no need to explain.
But what’s this I see as I look through the glass.
Its dark, there is hardly a sound
And there’s snow, snow, plenty of snow
Falling fast, blizzard like on the ground.
Here’s to Stav the foreseer, whose predictions bear out
He really is top of the tops
We have snow, snow, plenty of snow
And I don’t have to go to the shops.
* Stav Danaos – BBC Scotland Weather presenter
A first dusting of snow – Watercolour
A small amount of snow which added a wintry outlook to everything. Unfortunately it was all gone by mid morning so this view, of Ransfield Farm, uses a fair amount of “Artistic License”
Misty Morning – Watercolour
The view from our living-room window which shows Platt Hill, a mound to the north of our village. To reach this its necessary to cross the Union Canal. On hot days or, like those of recent times, very wet ones, mist or even fog runs along the canal and through the trees. This is an attempt to show this.