u3a - Winter Watch 3rd Upload

January 2021

'Scandinavian Visitor' by Jeff Douglas of Redditch u3a

'Scandinavian Visitor' by Jeff Douglas of Redditch u3a

A real treat to see this Fieldfare, a winter visitor from Scandinavia, enjoying lunch in Worcestershire!

'Ice Spike' by Jenny Harkison of Bury u3a

'Ice Spike' by Jenny Harkison of Bury u3a

A surprise in the garden on 25th December. My initial reaction was an upside-down icicle but how?! Later I learnt it is an ice spike. Absolutely amazing and beautiful, a simple reminder of the glories of our planet.

'Magical Morning' by Mary Rudkin of Sleaford u3a

'Magical Morning' by Mary Rudkin of Sleaford u3a

Taken early on Christmas Eve morning over lake Windermere. The morning was cold, clear and frosty and I just caught the moon setting behind the fella. It was quiet and magical.

'Winter High Street' by John Harris of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

'Winter High Street' by John Harris of Hartley Wintney & District u3a

The shops in Hartley Wintney have different winter scenes created by the same artist; we were watching him at work. It is an amazing sight now that is is finished. 

'Frozen Soap Bubble' by Ken Jones of Calverton & District u3a

'Frozen Soap Bubble' by Ken Jones of Calverton & District u3a

Taken early on a frosty morning in our garden, cold enough to quickly freeze the soap bubble but before the sun was strong enough to melt it.

'Winter Beach' by Helen Elliott of Eastbourne Meads u3a

'Winter Beach' by Helen Elliott of Eastbourne Meads u3a

This is Eastbourne beach on the first day of Winter 2020. It was chilly but very sunny, but you can tell the time of year by the long shadows, which I particularly like. We have to grab these moments in the general gloom.

'Weight of the World' by Gabrielle Summerhays of Farnham u3a

'Weight of the World' by Gabrielle Summerhays of Farnham u3a

This cherub in my garden’s birdbath looked as though it was carrying the weight of the world on its shoulders after a snowfall 10 years ago. The snow melted away just like our world’s recent troubles will.

'Reflections at Dunham Park' by Sandra Stonehill of Hale & District u3a

'Reflections at Dunham Park' by Sandra Stonehill of Hale & District u3a

Taken on 23 November 2020. A beautiful, sunny autumnal day with glorious colours and reflections in the water. I was inspired to take the photograph by seeing the sun on the water and wanting to capture the beauty of the scene.

'Ally Pally Tree' by John Trampleasure of Crouch End & District u3a

'Ally Pally Tree' by John Trampleasure of Crouch End & District u3a

Walkers and dog walkers at Alexandra Palace decorate a tree each year. On my own dog walk I spotted this and liked the composition of the Christmas tree with Ally Pally in the background. Simple as that!

'Daily Walk' by Philip Johnson of Flintshire u3a

'Daily Walk' by Philip Johnson of Flintshire u3a

Lake Vyrnwy - Tuesday 8 December - the views had much improved! We walked a lot further

'On the Ice Flow' by Daniel Gillian of Ballymoney u3a

'On the Ice Flow' by Daniel Gillian of Ballymoney u3a

Seal on ice creation

'Morning Glory' by Kay Forsyth of Forfar & District u3a

'Morning Glory' by Kay Forsyth of Forfar & District u3a

My faithful friend and I love our morning walks, especially when the day holds such promise.

'Hydrangea in Frost' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

'Hydrangea in Frost' by Janet Rutter of Devizes & District u3a

The first heavy frost of this Winter and how beautiful this hydrangea looks with its white edged leaves.

'Snowed In' by Timothy Wright of Orkney u3a

'Snowed In' by Timothy Wright of Orkney u3a

This was taken on a trip in 2017 to Stobo Castle Spa in the Scottish Borders in their gardens. The snow came down hard closing the roads and giving us a terrific excuse to stay on an extra couple of days.

'Early Evening Light' by Sue Rowley of Barnsley & District u3a

'Early Evening Light' by Sue Rowley of Barnsley & District u3a

The view from the footpath at the rear of our house just outside Barnsley across the fields. I took it because of the beautiful light in the early evening.

'Handmade Wreath' by Connie Cluderay of Cookridge & Horsforth u3a

'Handmade Wreath' by Connie Cluderay of Cookridge & Horsforth u3a

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and in Dec of last year at a local community centre I managed to make my own Christmas door wreath. It was very hard on my hands/wrists but so worth it. I was very happy with my efforts.

'Daylight in Lapland' by Liz Whittaker of Caterham District u3a

'Daylight in Lapland' by Liz Whittaker of Caterham District u3a

Lapland was magical. For about an hour at midday the sun rose above the horizon. The snow-ladened trees took on the appearance of ghostly figures

'Hardy Souls' by Barbara Newton of Droitwich Spa & District u3a

'Hardy Souls' by Barbara Newton of Droitwich Spa & District u3a

This was taken when ice has coated everything for several days and these hardy souls came to restore power to our small Devon village. We were very grateful as you can appreciate.

'Book Angels' by Traudel Walker of Cowton & Countryside u3a

'Book Angels' by Traudel Walker of Cowton & Countryside u3a

Before they fly A request came from our local church to create more book angels for the recessed windows.

'On My Doorstep' Alistair McMinn of Northallerton u3a

'On My Doorstep' Alistair McMinn of Northallerton u3a

Our friendly woodpecker decided to pay us a visit this morning and enjoyed a selection of nuts as well as pecking away at the tree. With a touch of snow on the rooftops our visitor captured the essence of winter as it built up its reserves for the winter. Our u3a branch theme for our photography group is "on my doorstep" which fits the bill perfectly