We were all beginning to think that we would not get a real winter this year. It has been so warm – and cloudy. But today it finally snowed and the landscape around the small city of Wells in Somerset was shining white again.
I got up very early – I’m always exited by snow. I wanted to photograph the streets of Wells while the street lights were still shining. There was no better street to start than Vicars Close.
After a bit of an incident, falling down a bank into the road. I was not using my normal camera and I was disappointed my ability to make the most of a temporary camera. I guess it takes a while to learn all the camera’s controls and quirks.
After walking through the city it was time to pull myself up the hill to look back down on the cathedral. It was hard to see through the clouds and heavy snow. Occasionally it would completely disappear. It all looked very black and white but this is a colour picture.
Back down in town the the snow was just as deep around the Bishops Palace – the castle from the Hot Fuzz films.
Kings Castle Wood
In the nearby Somerset Wildlife Trust nature reserve of Kings Castle Wood it was very still and very quiet.
That was enough walking for one day – especially after my recent fall.
Early the next morning I returned to Wells and walked up Knapp Hill to watch the dawn light shine on the cathedral and churches of the city. Made special by the white roofs.
Today the it had stopped snowing and we were rewarded with beautiful deep blue skies. Up on the top of the Mendip Hills the snow was so deep. Field after field was about a foot deep, and some of the drifts were 5 times deeper again.
The high Mendip plateau drops sharply down to Wells with distant views across most of Somerset. A great place to walk the dogs.
This small wood near Wells blooms white with wood anemones in spring. Today it had a coating of white snow.
The church at Dinder was surrounded by a deep blanket of sparkling snow.
The snowy snowdrops were dropping in St Cuthbert’s churchyard. Hopefully, the ones in the Bishops Palace will still look good in a few weeks for their snowdrop celebration.