Today’s guest picture comes from my brother’s recent birthday trip to Bristol. He took this interesting picture of the famous Clifton Bridge in unhelpful lighting conditions. He remarks that the bridge is quite breathtaking. I agree.
There was no discernible difference between the end of January and the beginning of February other than that the slightly longer day gives us more time to watch the rain and listen to the wind.
The whole town is thoroughly sick of the endless bad weather and it is fast becoming the only thing that people talk about when they meet. The Met Office have issued bad weather warnings for three of the next four days so as far as we can see, there is no light at the end of the tunnel yet.
The combination of warmer temperatures and very strong winds this morning meant that there were few birds to take my mind off the weather. The sun did peep out from time to time but it was almost immediately followed by more rain so the thought of cycling or walking was not at the front of my mind.
Luckily Sandy came round for coffee in the morning and Dropscone dropped in for a cup of tea in the afternoon so I had some diversion.
In between times, a very occasional bird put in an appearance.
The very sporadic appearances of the birds meant that I was hardly ever in the right place at the right time to catch a flying bird…
…and the windy weather meant that they sneaked up from behind the feeder when they did arrive.
After lunch, I went off to play trios with Mike and Isabel and we had a very enjoyable hour and a half of music making during which we never gave the weather a moment’s thought.
Mrs Tootlepedal had given me lift up on my way there as she was going to get her spectacles repaired and by good fortune, it was dry enough for me to walk home after playing.
My flute pupil Luke came in the evening and we started a new piece. This is always exciting.
After tea, I went off to the monthly meeting of our camera club. We had a small but select group of enthusiasts. The members showed off some excellent sets of winter pictures, taken in adverse conditions and then we shared photo editing tips and experiences. This made for a very satisfactory evening.
Needless to say, the prolonged grey weather is beginning to weigh quite heavily on the spirits of the photographers and we are hoping for a few days of decent light before our next gathering.
Another chaffinch sneaking round the back was my best effort at catching a flying bird of the day.