Saturday, 4 February 2012

Brrrrr !

Winter has arrived, a bit late maybe but it's here now. This fountain is in a little park near where I live and is frozen in time. It has been frozen for several days now, my son walked past it with the dog and told me about when he got home so I walked down to see it. I stood and admired it for a few minutes but while I was there three people walked by and all got their phones out, took a photo and walked straight on. None of them stopped to really look at it. Before cameras were invented if you wanted to keep a record of something you would have to draw or paint it and that meant spending time actually looking at whatever you were trying to record. Life can be a little too instant now, I don't think any of those three people really saw the fountain properly.

Last Sunday a wintry walk along the old railway line at Charlton Marshall, and this is what remains of the old station. It's a good winter walk because it's dry and lined by trees and hedgerows full of birds, tits, finches and usually lovely Bullfinches.

For contrast.... a beach in Hawaii, my son is there at the moment as he is to be groomsman at his friends wedding today. His friend Chris went out there to work in a Church for a few months, met a lovely Texan girl and is to marry her today.....ahhh!


Elizabethd said...

What an amazing photo of the icy fountain. You are right, people live in such an 'instant' world today. We do need to stop and gaze at the beauty around us.

bellaboo said...

The fountain is magical in the ice!What a pity those people didn't take time to really see it in all it's beauty. :0)

Happyone said...

Wow, that is really neat looking.
I know what you mean about people not stopping to look. I see that on my walk all the time.

Dartford Warbler said...

The icy fountain is beautiful, but makes me feel even colder than I really am!

I know just what you mean about not really looking any more, because it is so easy to just click a camera and move on. Sometimes I leave my camera behind when I go out for a walk, to make me use my senses and be more aware.

MrsL said...

I'm with DW on that one, am happy to enjoy the here and now and lock it in my memory; don;t have to record everything by other means. The fountain is beautiful. Got to minus 10 here yesterday morning - very cold for this part of Dorset!