Photo : Bare tree, Wimbledon Common, 1st March, 2018
Cold Siberian weather, with snow, blizzards and freezing rain gripped the whole of Britain over the last few days, foiling the start of Spring in the official calendar. The UK can hardly cope with a few inches of snow, since extreme weather like this only occurs about once in a few years and only for a few days, at most, a week.
Hope springs eternal in the human breast; Man never is, but always to be blessed: The soul, uneasy and confined from home, Rests and expatiates in a life to come.
This is it! My lucky shot this morning whilst walking the doggie in Richmond Park. It was cold and frosty and the low winter sun was streaming down in between the skeletal trees. Grabbed four shots in succession before this young deer bounced away into the woods. This was the the sharpest image, taken with an ‘unprepared’ 50mm lens. Cropped slightly.
Spent Christmas morning walking in the local woods nearby. It was the warmest Christmas Day on record possibly, with a balmy 14c.
Today, we had the first frost in London, and the winter sun gives what little warmth to a flock of pigeons. The USA votes it’s 58th President today and the whole world is awaiting the results with bated breath.
On my roadtrip back from Penang, I took a detour off the E1 North South Express way and came off at Tanjong Malim, headed down south towards Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB) on the borders of Perak and Selangor. I was in search of the green hilltop abode of Antares, called Magick River. After numerous phone directions from the man himself, I found myself in what I can only describe as raw tropical rainforest scenery on the road to Fraser’s Hill. Magick River flows strong and fast, and is more than a city getaway for Antares. This area has been his home for over 30 years.
Antares is a very special kind of person. Articulate, headstrong, opinionated and thoroughly in tune with Nature and the Earthsong. This was our first face to face meeting, brief it may have been. You could read his bio here but then, it is perhaps a greater opportunity to meet him, and his home, by the river. Thanks, Antares and thank you for the music.