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Issue No. 25 [Back Issues]
27th December 2004


A White Christmas in Ross-on-Wye

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.

With 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.

Continued . . .


The first snow shower in Ross-on-Wye on Christmas Morning 2004. Ref: DSC_7248

Ben Nelsey and friends on Christmas morning 2004. Ref: DSC_7240

Later 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.

For 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').


A view of Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye on Christmas Day 2004 - Nikon Flash. Ref: DSC_7276
A view of Broad Street, Ross-on-Wye on Christmas Day 2004 - Natural light and time exposure. Ref: DSC_7275
Ross-on-Wye Market House on Christmas Day 2004. Ref: DSC_7266
The Rudhall Alms Houses, Ross-on-Wye early morning on Boxing Day 2004. Ref: DSC_7301

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