So we have been having some BAAAAAAD weather lately, aka Beast from the East; temperature below freezing, icy wind and snow, lots of snow. Snow is not something I want to photograph, mainly because I hate it. But my tram stop gave me a sight to behold.
Some construction work has been going on here (this is quite usual, Manchester Metrolink network has expanded so much in the past few years–with help from EU funds, but that’s another story).
Can you see the wheelbarrow sticking out from the pile of snow?
As I said in a previous Random and Weird phone Shots post, I have a thing about wheelbarrows. I even have a Wheelbarrows Pinterest board. So naturally I always notice them and if I can, photograph them. Closer shot here:
It looks so sad and abandoned and lost in the snow. It seems as if The Beast got the poor wheelbarrow.
However, this is the next day:
It endured. And so it will, while the snow will (eventually) melt.
And so will we. Though we still have days of The Beast in front of us.
I haven’t seen much difference yet myself, have you? But it’s still early, after all, as Neil DeGrasse Tyson never fails to tweet every New Year’s Day, the first day of January has no astronomical significance whatsoever.
I know that I haven’t been updating this blog much lately and to be very honest, I don’t really know what to do with it. I paid for the domain for another year but that’s about it.
I don’t even have a pla-.
Phoebe Buffay, Friends s1 e4
Okay, maybe I have more than a “pla”. I just like that quote 🙂 Hear me out:
I’ve been thinking about doing a series. In some of my past posts, I have mentioned I’m somewhat of a fan of dystopian fiction. In the last year I took some pictures that–in my imagination at least–could represent a setting of such fiction. I would like to get this out there, once I figure out a way to do it. So, yeah, watch this space.
The morning of Friday 13th January at the tram stop. Some snow here.
I got so pessimistic about everything that I was shocked about trams actually running with no delays. Really.
UK doesn’t get that much snow so it takes little to cause disruptions.
Just yesterday I saw a page I follow on Facebook dedicated to old pictures of Bratislava, my home town, posting about the record snowfall of 1987–thirty years ago. I believe most of Europe suffered this extreme cold spell. I was only six then but remember bits of it. There were heaps of snow as tall as me and my mum had to walk to her workplace because the public transport wasn’t running. The great “snow calamity”, as we called it in former Czechoslovakia, was still talked about many years afterwards. People laugh when they reminisce about those days, but I’m sure it wasn’t funny then!
Some pictures from that time (just ignore the text).
A year ago I mentioned in this post that I got into a habit of taking a photo of a sunrise on the first working day of the year. I didn’t do it this year, a combination of forgetting to take my camera in the morning (this wasn’t an issue with compact, which I could carry in my everyday bag) and not good conditions for photography. Here are photos taken on the evening of 2nd January instead:
I love how clear the skies are in cold weather.
I just imagine myself aboard that plane off to somewhere warm–Copacabana beach in Rio, perhaps.
So it’s 2017 at last and I got myself my own domain. I have also been amusing myself by working on an ultimate all-genre big fat playlist of the 90s. And I’m not joking about the all-genre part. This is where Nirvana meets Barbie Girl and metal shakes hands with eurodance. I will post a link once it’s ready.