Just over a week ago I wanted to take Feisty out for a ride but couldn’t get her to start because of the battery. We’d had a cold spell but it had cleared up and it was warm enough to comfortably ride. Now, we’ve been plunged into Arctic temperatures and more than a few minutes outside is painful. The forecast for New Year’s Eve is so bleak that many towns in Slovakia have, for the first time, cancelled their celebrations.
There has been snowfall but nowhere near the amount seen in the Alps. Instead, the weather went from mild to frostbite-cold almost overnight. There is a dark, Gothic beauty to the landscape, though. Dusk brings with it plummeting temperatures but also, as seen in this photo of Svidnik, a certain noire mystique.
The sun goes down over the Slovak town of Svidnik. Slovakia, like many former socialist countries, is full of contrasts. Here, thickly forested hills can be seen behind the ubiquitous panelak concrete panel flat blocks.
This mean old Wild Cat (Felis silvestris silvestris) was stalking through the field behind my house. It’s obviously been through some battles as its lack of right eye shows. I’ve encountered them on a few occasions, once when one was brave enough to get in the garden when my bull mastiff was there. They’re not like normal domestic pussy cats and they’re definitely not friendly. I’m still hoping to photograph a lynx at some point as they also live in the forest surrounding the village.
This evening I drove around Lake Domasa on the way home. Due to the early onset of night now, the light wasn’t the best but I still felt mesmerised by the colours of the Fall trees and their reflection on the water of the lake. This little church is one of a couple which sit on the banks of the lake and it looks both ghostly and serene, alone as it is. I love that I can still be hypnotised by a scene, enough to make me stop my car and just look for a while. It’s important to absorb fleeting beauty as it reminds us we are alive and that the world can still please and amaze.
This morning I awoke to a beautiful scene. Frost covered everything. The temperature has now dropped well below zero at night and winter has announced its presence. All the car windows were frozen. I have a feeling that this winter, 2014-2015, will be long and cold. Life becomes much harder in winter but we’re rewarded by the occasional stunningly beautiful moment which makes it worthwhile. Winter really let’s you know you’re alive.
This is another picture from the series my eldest son took today in the forest. He really has an eye for imagery
This is one of the photos my eldest son took today while wandering in the forest
As leaves start to fall
Grasshopper awaits his end
No more summer sound
With the amount of rain we’re having, and then the consequent evaporation, the woods look like a rain forest. Beautiful to look at but the constant damp really puts me off sleeping out in the bush.
I took this photo last year and edited it to be a part of the minimalized collection. This morning was very cold and there was a dense fog which suggested snow so it made me think of winter. This is an amazing Russian Orthodox church in Svidnik, Eastern Slovakia