|Melting frost in the garden|
|Frosted leaves in the garden|
|The all too transient beauty of frost beginning to melt in the warming morning air|
|More frosted leaves (apologies for yet another frost pic but for me the first frost of any winter is a cause for celebration and excitement)|
My love for November, which I touched on in my last post, is strongly influenced by my love of the weather and it is during this oft unloved month that my never lost childhood excitement for the arrival of winter reaches its peak. Certainly down here on the lowlands of eastern Yorkshire winter usually makes itself felt some time during November, with the first frosts typically coming some time in the first fortnight of the month (though occasionally these have come as early as October) while snowfall also becomes an ever increasing threat as the month progresses. The earliest date for lying snow (since 2003) has been the 7th of November though usually the more typical date is after the 20th of the month and often during the last week, most notably in 2010 when five inches of snow were recorded at the months end. What this year has in store remains unknown, though the majority of the long term weather forecasts do seem to be trending towards a cooler than average winter due to a number of factors but as always such methods of weather forecasting remain unproven and unreliable.
|Fireworks over the wood|
|Yet more fireworks|
|and one more for good measure :-)|
Meanwhile last night was of course Bonfire Night here in England and the annual firework display on Beverley Westwood was as usual a fine spectacle which drew in crowds from all around the Beverley and Hull area. The final climax to the show was truly spectacular with a multitude of rockets exploding in multi-coloured sparks and flames and though I only saw these pyrotechnics from a distance it sounded like the show was much enjoyed by all judging by the reaction of those family members whom did indeed attend the event.
Tapiola by Jean Sibelius, a piece of music which to me seems to capture the very essence of the more untamed and rawer sides of nature (especially from 16:40 onwards)