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A Lonnnnnggggg winter!!

Few prizes were on offer at the beginning of April for guessing that the 2012/13 winter was likely to have been the coldest - and longest drawn out - in the memory of anyone under fifty years of age. ( In fact, the statisticians virtually confirmed that by announcing that the previous "record low winter temperatures" were in 1963/64.) It came as no surprise - and little consolation - to most residents up and down the eastern half of Scotland, who have shivered, slid, slipped and skidded all over the place for almost five months now. So, where has that left the landscape photographer?

By this time last year, I had accumulated some nice shots of the Aberdeenshire coast, a couple of great sunsets in the west, enjoyed a terrific adventure in Torridon and, basically, was smugly awaiting the arrival of spring and summer. ( Huh - some optimistic nonsense THAT transpired to become! ) This year, police warnings and a regular clutch of closed main roads over Aberdeenshire and Moray in particular have curtailed long "snow - seeking" adventures - but, fear not.....there have been a few consolations. Regular visitors to the website will, I think, have enjoyed the photographic prizes from a superb morning in Black Mount, Glencoe and Morar from a March trip to Lochaber. This month, I have uploaded the fruits of a snowy April ( YES - APRIL! ) trip up Glen Clova, where the higher hills are still clearly under several feet of packed snow and ice. Being totally incapable of tackling a climb to find and photograph the spectacular offerings up there, I have still enjoyed the mottled effect ( at lower levels ) of fields at Kinwherries looking to Cat Law, both sides of Glen Clova, a most beautiful sunrise on the frosted links at Carnoustie ( see pics above ) as well as a 'different' shot of Restenneth Priory in winter garb ( attached herewith ).

So, with vague promises from the forecasters that next week will bring an uplift in temperatures and a bit of rain, we assume that "summer" is just around the corner. Well.....it better be, or letters of complaint will be heading to the Met Office as well as the wee man up in the sky! Seriously, it CAN'T possibly be as bad as last year - can it.......?

 

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