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White Christmas in Ross-on-Wye
could by no means compete with the more northerly regions of the
United Kingdom in the 'White Christmas, stakes but yes, we really
did have two snow showers on Christmas day, the second of which
occurred during the late evening, with snow sticking around until
the following morning.
our tin of Spam opened, basted, wrapped in foil and placed in
the oven at gas mark 6 (I have to make a little confession here
- it was actually a turkey,) Tina and I made our way to the Hope
& Anchor on Christmas Morning to meet with friends before
lunch. I had just parked the 'Wyenot Mobile' in the place where
it would cause maximum obstruction to the otherwise beautiful
view out of the Conservatory window when the first snow shower
occurred. Needless to say, I took out my camera and photographed
this rare phenomenon, capturing Ben Nelsey, the licensee and friends
playing with remote control toy cars as an added bonus.
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first snow shower in Ross-on-Wye on Christmas Morning 2004. Ref:
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Ben Nelsey and friends on Christmas morning 2004. Ref: DSC_7240
that same day, having eaten dinner and with the Christmas Day
chores, such as watching television with the family and stuffing
chocolates out of the way, I happened to look out of the window.
It was somewhere around 11:00 pm by this time and I noticed
that it was snowing again. Not wishing to miss this opportunity
to get back into work mode, I woke Tina, who had by now consumed
approximately four gallons of beer and several bottles of wine,
persuaded her to vacate her comfortable seat on the sofa and
dragged her out with me to photograph snow scenes about town.
The results are shown below.
the first of these photographs I used a flash light to capture
the snow actually falling. For the second and third, I used
natural light and the time exposure method, so the falling snow
looks like misty streaks. Had I had my brain in gear I would
have used a combination of both for all, but it was Christmas
day. The last in the series again uses flash light but the snow
had virtually ceased falling by this time. The midnight hour
had also passed by the time I took this one, so officially it
was Boxing Day (aka, 'The Feast of Stephen').
view of Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye on Christmas Day 2004 - Nikon
Flash. Ref: DSC_7276
view of Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye on Christmas Day 2004 - Natural
light and time exposure. Ref: DSC_7275
Market House on Christmas Day 2004. Ref: DSC_7266
Rudhall Alms Houses, Ross-on-Wye early morning on Boxing Day 2004.
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