The Bleak Beauty of January Light

The January light; the light of winter has a bleak beauty to it. I am talking about those monochrome days when the clouds seem to press heavily upon us and the often bitter wind is ready to chip away at any unprotected skin.

Monet captures this light so perfectly in many of his paintings but particularly in Ice Floes on the Seine.

Ice Floes on the Seine
Ice Floes on the Seine et Bougival by Claude Monet 1867-1868 by P W McMahon courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons licensed by Public Domain Mark 1.0

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It was just such a day as this that my family and I took a trip on the London Eye.

Who would have thought that ice could form such beautiful patterns on the roof of a car? 

Beautiful Ice Patterns - Ellie Holmes Author
Beautiful Ice Patterns – Ellie Holmes Author

Whilst warm sun and clear blue skies may have produced brighter shots with longer reaching views, I think these winter shots have a beauty all their own.

Statue of Bouddica - Ellie Holmes Author
Statue of Bouddica -Ellie Holmes Author
The Elizabeth Clock Tower - Ellie Holmes Author
The Elizabeth Clock Tower better known as Big Ben – Ellie Holmes Author
The London Eye - Ellie Holmes Author
The London Eye – Ellie Holmes Author
Inside The London Eye - Ellie Holmes Author
Inside The London Eye – Ellie Holmes Author
The Palace of Westminster - Ellie Holmes Author
The Palace of Westminster – Ellie Holmes Author
St Paul's Cathedral - Ellie Holmes Author
St. Paul’s Cathedral – Ellie Holmes Author
The Gherkin - Ellie Holmes Author
The Gherkin – Ellie Holmes Author
Buckingham Palace - Ellie Holmes Author
Buckingham Palace – Ellie Holmes Author

They changed the Guard at Buckingham Palace during our ride and hundreds of flashbulbs exploded in that tiny corner of London drawing our eye across to it.

It was a brutally cold day – my niece remarking that my lips actually went blue during the ride. Needless to say it was hot chocolates all round when the ride was over.

 

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