An unreliable memoir

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I’d quite like to stop posting pictures of ice, but with the weather as it is at present, fat chance.
I don’t know why the ice formed in this spiky shape – there were other ice droplets alongside it which were perfectly “normal”. So let’s just say, “Pretty, isn’t it?” and hope that Spring gets a move on.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm f32 70mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

Winter Jasmine

Winter jasmine
Winter jasmine, Jasminum nudiflorum, doing what winter jasmine does best, spitting in the face of winter.
Gloomy light so diffused flash fill means the highlights are slightly blown unfortunately.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm f32 160mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

When I grow up I want to be an icicle

I still can’t offer you a snowy landscape, but since I was unhappy with my recent ice cube, at least I can offer you some better looking ice.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 70-300mm ƒ32 70mm +68mm 1/60 ISO 3200

Ice Ice Baby

Ice cube
You’d think taking a picture of an ice cube would be easy wouldn’t you? Well it’s not. At least, taking the picture isn’t hard – light up an ice cube with the LED torch (giving the nice blue colour), snap on the extension tubes and away you go. Ice doesn’t run away. Ice plays it cool.

But there’s a problem. I wanted a picture of some lovely clear ice. If you just take an ice cube out of the freezer you get this cloudy effect. You need to make special ice cubes with very pure water and boil it before freezing to remove the dissolved gasses. Sigh. Time for a drink.

Nikon D5200 Tamron 30-300mm f22 70mm +68mm 1/30 ISO 100

Defrosting the car

Defrosting the Car
This was the inside of the windscreen. And this was the only photo I took today, the rest of the day being taken up by an unavoidable expedition up the M6 in the freezing fog, consisting of a repeating cycle of dodgy drivers, achingly beautiful unattainable photo opportunities, and terror.

iPhone 5s ƒ2.2 4.2mm 1/805 ISO 32


The Blue Lagoon

The Blue LagoonWe set off in darkness, and frankly, it was looking a bit grim. Then, after an hour’s drive, just as we arrived, we were blessed with the most spectacular light I have even seen (since the previous day!).

More Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon Moon

Stunning. So glad we did this trip in the winter. So lucky with the weather and the light.

Sony DSC-HX20V  ƒ3.2  5mm  1/400  ISO 400


First impressions of Reykjavík were very favourable. I like the relaxed small town feel and the attitude of the Icelanders, who are as likely to tell you to f**k off as to have an nice day (sometimes both in the same sentence). Sure, it’s expensive – but not as expensive as London.

And then, when the sun hit the Esja mountains, I started checking house prices and looking for jobs. I could live here.

More Reykjavík

Sony DSC-HX20V ƒ3.2 4.5mm 1/15 ISO 800

Every One Is Different

Ice Crystal

Sony DSC-HX20V ƒ4.5 17.5mm 1/100 ISO 100