Friday, December 28, 2007

Nadolig Llawen

Nadolig Llawen, Merry Christmas in Welsh I've been reliably informed. It wasn't so much a white christmas but a frosty one. Temperatures in the minus zone. The woodlands around Bargoed only needed Vivaldi's "Winter" from the Four Seasons to complete the scene.
Sometimes the mists decsended on the frosty scene making the ice crystals grow their own "crystalettes". Everything is transformed. I did some (very) quick sketches with cold fingers and stamping feet to counter the cold striking up through my boots. Not a time to linger.
Climbing up out of the valley to a grand view. Nestling in the distance is Deri some two miles or so from Bargoed and the row of houses on the right of the picture is Groes Ffan.
The clear blue sky was gone by 1-00 pm. and replaced with cloud and fog. Darkness descended early. The day's glorious noon, how quickly past, within a half hour or less winter's ice grip had re-asserted itself.

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