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Snow in the New Forest

Posted on 4 February 2015 by

I love snow. Perhaps it’s because it snows so rarely in and around the New Forest – a few days a year, if we’re lucky, and even then it often doesn’t hang around very long. I have memories from when I was a boy in Bournemouth of it snowing heavily every year, building snowmen, having snowball fights with my friends, and then then one year… it just stopped. I had been waiting for the year’s snowfall and none came. Next year, then… still nothing. The same the next year, and the next, and the next. I don’t know how much of this is true and how much my brain has invented in childhood romance, but I always get excited about snow now.

Strangely, I can’t remember ever seeing snow in the New Forest. My mother was brought up in Lyndhurst so I remember her tales of sleds on the Bench, but I’d never seen it for myself. Part of the problem these days is that, despite being so close, I find it hard to get out to the New Forest in the snow, relying on unreliable public transport. However, this year the snow was fairly light so I could chance it in my car, and I’m really glad I did.

I find snow to share many of the qualities as strong light. It gives the landscape a brand new texture, highlighting form and structure but against a muted background that makes for very interesting images. I’d love to work with it more, but I’ll make do with what I can get.

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