Winter Scenes from North East Fife

This post is in some ways a response to a recent post – Ciel Rosé, Climat Polaire – by a fellow blogger, Marie-Josée from Québec.  Her post is accompanied by some lovely photos of winter scenes.  Alas, my photos are not quite as atmospheric or evocative as Marie-Josée’s.  This may in part be due to the differences in the weather between Québec and eastern Scotland.  One of the many advantages/disadvantages of living in Scotland is that we get an awful lot of weather!  It is a standard in-joke amongst Scots that we can experience all four seasons in one day.  All too often in fact.  However, this is because we do experience four distinct seasons over the year.  The duration of each season may vary, but they are quite distinct.  Probably a bit more winter than summer, but we can live with that.  Winter it is just now and despite a couple of recent very cold and snowy winters, the tendency has been for winter to start later – well into December – and to be a bit milder and wetter than of yore.  This winter for example we have, at least here in the east of Scotland, not suffered much in the way of snow or sub zero temperatures as have people in Wales and the south of England.  Not to mention Québec, where  the temperature seems to fluctuate between -30 and -40.  Something I have never experienced, and am most unlikely to do so anywhere in Scotland.  What we do get probably more of than Québec is wind.  Usually very strong and often very cold.  While we do get some lovely, bright and sunny days, most of winter is best summed up by that lovely Scots word – dreich – a mixture of dull, overcast, drizzly, cold, misty and miserable weather.  Like now for example as I write this.  Not even a hint of sunshine.  Anyway time for some photos.  The first ones were taken on the rolling hills just ouside Ceres in North East Fife.  Luckily it was a dry day, not much in the way of sun, but the ground had a light covering of snow, which is fairly typical of the countryside inland from the coast.  Then a snap of the mouth of the harbour at Tayport showing a very high tide on the river Tay.  This was a gey dreich day, windy to boot.  I end with a photo of part of our front garden, just to prove that we do get snow and proper winter weather from time to time, even in bonny Dundee.P1030647P1030648P1030649P1030650P1030651P1030658P1030652


3 thoughts on “Winter Scenes from North East Fife

  1. Alister, those pictures are beautiful, and the landscape is magnificient! Beautiful Scotland! I really should go and visit some day. I’ll comment more later. I have a project to finish, but was curious to see and read… it’s great to see large photos!

    • Merci, Marie-Josée for you kind comments. Most of eastern Scotland is very gentle, farming country, with its own beauty. The highlands and the west coast offer a more spectacular landscape. Not better, but very different. I meant to add on your blog how much I loved your photos – there is a starkness and austere beauty to them. I particularly liked the contrast between the first and last photos – much the same view, but later in the day, with paradoxically a brighter reflective sun.

  2. Oh, thank you for your nice comments as well. I am sure Scotland is a beautiful place. Maybe an austere place – this is part of the idea I have of it – but austerity can be beautiful. I love, for exemple, industrial landscapes, but for many people industrial landscapes are just industrial places, not landscapes. Anyways, I love those scottish landscapes, as well as your backyard! Your winter looks more comfortable then Québec’s. Fortunately for us, it’s rarely 30 or 40 below zero. And sometimes, this great cold doesn’t feel as cold as the regular one…

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