Every Tuesday I go out shooting with Jenifer Bunnett, another Surrey landscape photographer. This week we went to Frensham Great Pond. It had been years since I was last there.
The weather started inauspiciously so we strolled around the lake scouting locations for another day. Finally, we happened upon the charming chaps of Frensham Pond Model Yacht Group who were happy to let us take a few pictures of their beautiful yachts in action. We hope to go back and capture more pictures there in better light.
I experimented with a long exposure to try to capture something of the blustery, drizzling conditions. And then we retreated to the Frensham Pond Hotel for a very welcome cuppa, or two.
When we set out again, the weather was still dreary but, then, it started to clear.
One of the things I love about this country is the way the weather changes so swiftly and unexpectedly. One minute the landscape was grey and oppressive, the next it basked in golden light. These two shots of the same view were taken 20 minutes apart.
That last shot has surprised people; they think it looks more like something from the Lake District than Surrey. People constantly underestimate this county. It’s not famous for its landscapes; there are no dramatic mountains or windswept coastline. But beauty is still there, for those with an eye to see it.
After its inauspicious start, the day turned out to be a great success. The sunset was as spectacular as one could ask but Mummy-duties required me to leave 20 minutes before it (frustrating!). I just had time to snatch a last shot of Jen, who had longer, still doing her thing.
On sharing some of my pictures on Twitter, I have been told that Frensham Little Pond is even prettier. Guess where we’re going next Tuesday.
Today’s 365 is from 9th January 2010. Tea lights in snow. Well, why not?