14 November 2008


Technically, it is still autumn even though temperatures have been unseasonably high. However, winter is nigh, the trees are now virtually denuded of their leaves and the forecast predicts colder temperatures and rain in the next few days. My problem is this: I want a picture to illustrate this page that is representative of winter (literal winter and metaphorical, taking into account the current economic climate). But a Google image search only brings up cute, clich├ęd, sunny photos of villages blanketed in snow, the kinds seen on Christmas cards. I want something more atmospheric, sober, immaterial. All I could come up with was this artist’s impression – the search will continue unabated. (On second thoughts, perhaps the snowy vistas are popular because they are becoming scarce thanks to global warming. Snow will soon be a rarity even in the North Pole).

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