Winter can seem like a long, dark and cold trudge for some, but for photographers, winter serves up many icy delights! I was recently walking through Badminton Estate, near our home in the Cotswolds when I caught a glimpse of this lovely view through the forest.
The lighting can be harsh when the washed out sunlight dominates but find a duller day and the light casts a softer wash across the landscape.
Look out for the tell-tale prints of rabbits and their nemesis the wily fox. Foxes can struggle for food when it's very cold and only last week we lost our lovely Betty Blue (a prolific layer) to the hungry predator.
February shivers to a close next week and there is the welcome anticipation of warmer times to come. I'm looking forward to a blistering hot summer, lazy days in the garden all washed down with an icy beer. I fear I may wait in vain.
I'm busy looking for a farmer to work with to create a visual record of a year on a Cotswold farm. Farms offer a strong link to the land and the people who work it. I plan a local exhibition of the work sometime next year. Meantime I will make the most of this wonderful winter ...
Taken with Nikon D3X