Chris Wormald – A Photographer's travel blog.

Normandy Seasons

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Summer ends - again. Dry hosta leaves in the autumn sun through the window.

Summer ends – again!
Dry hosta leaves in the autumn sun through the window – Sept 2014

Before the first frost. Late autumn texture.

Before the first frost. Late autumn texture.

Meditation on the lack of Green.

Meditation on the lack of Green.

Autumn cobweb

Autumn cobweb

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October 2016 – meditation by the Orne

Winter Poplars, St Aubert.

Winter Poplars, St Aubert.

One of the bonuses of retirement, is not having to turn up for work at 9am every day of the week. I spend most of my time in Normandy.  About four years ago I bought an ancient (250+ years) hovel that needs a great deal of work, but being me, I am still drawn to make images, and love travelling with my camera.

Ivy and Icicles

Ivy and Icicles

Over the last nine years, I have spent time in Normandy in every season of the rolling wheel of the year and this page has now earned it’s change of title from Normandy Winters to Normandy Seasons.

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Ice in the water butts for days in January

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Frosted Fennel.

Time in Normandy moves slowly in every season of the year, especially in winter when there are periods of icy roads and sometimes of snow that keeps one inside for days or even weeks at a time. What little public transport there is stops running, and living out of the freezer is the order of the day.

The townscape changes slowly, a shadowy decline.

The townscape changes slowly, a shadowy decline.

Classic car, Briouze, Normandy, France

The continuing weight and wait of winter, St. Aubert in March.

The continuing weight and wait of winter, St. Aubert in March.

Mont St. Michael.

Mont St. Michael – Brittany or Normandy?

The lovely Quay St. Catherine, Honfleur.

The lovely Quay St. Catherine, Honfleur.(off season)

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Quai St. Catherine in summer.

However, days out around the villages in the spring and autumn sunshine or driving the quiet roads to neighbouring towns make pleasant diversions and a chance to forget winter snow and ice.

Icy Splash

Icy Splash

Exploring ice photographically passes time, but when the last of the autumn flowers have long withered in the frost and the Winter Solstice and snow is over, Imbolc and the snowdrops herald longer days and a new cycle of growth is just around the corner; for every year the Goddess awakens from her winter slumber!

Cold winters pass.

Cold winters pass.

More Icy Images on this page – https://chriswormald.wordpress.com/icy-collection/

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And after the longest of winters there will be warmth again.

And after the longest of winters there will be warmth again.

 

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All the glories of a new Springtime.

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Domfront's medieval character is still very visible.

Domfront’s medieval history is still very visible.

An ancient market-house preserved for future generations, Dives sur Mere.

The ancient market-house is preserved for future generations at Dives sur Mer.

Sometimes everything is rosey.

And sometimes, everything is just rosy.

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Lassay les Chateaux    June 2016

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And more rosy.

Bastille Day in July and even small towns like Putanges bring out the fireworks.

Bastille Day happens every July, even small towns like Putanges bring out the fireworks.

The Fete l' Anciens at Lonlaye le Tesson attracts some lovey restored motor bikes, tractors and cars.

The Fete l’ Anciens at Lonlaye le Tesson in July, attracts some lovely restored motor bikes, tractors and cars.

Lovely colour at a Vide Granier.

Lovely colour at a Vide Granier.

Lovely Honfleur yields images in all seasons.

Lovely Honfleur yields images in all seasons.

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Cherbourg, Even on a wet night, the short walk from the ferry-port to the centre is worth it!

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The Chateau from the bridge, Mayenne, Normandy

The Vide Granier and Fete season starts in April and runs throughout the summer months and is a source of imagery, as are my friends’ gardens. 

We must become content with the perfection of small things. May 2014

Be content with the perfection of small things. May 2014

Here is anaxample of cultral difference - I love French Cheeses, but some things are (for me) beyond the pail.

I love French Cheeses, but some things are (for me) beyond the pail. As well as snails, I do not eat cows, sheep pigs or horses!

Excited about cheese at Falaise indoor market every Saturday.

Excited about cheese at Falaise indoor market every Saturday.

I'll pass on the tripe, thanks.

I’ll pass on the tripe, thanks.

Time passes slowly in Normandy, even in summer.

Time passes slowly in Normandy, even in summer.

During the tourist season, attractions such as Chateau de Crevecoeur put on special events.

Chateau de Crevecoeur put on special events during the tourist season.

Of the thousands of cows in Normandy, very few are sacred.

Of the thousands of cows in Normandy, very few are sacred.

The River Orne winds its way to the sea at Caen. It passes close to my stamping ground at St Aubert sur Orne.

Summer will end, as all summers do, the wheel of life spins on and on.

Summer will end, as all summers do, the wheel of life spins on and on.

Time erodes - what is stable becomes unstable.

Time erodes – what is stable becomes unstable.

We must become content with the perfection of imperfection.

Be content with the perfection of imperfection.

The R. Orne near, St Aubert sur Orne

Ferry to Portsmouth - leaving.

Ferry to Portsmouth – leaving.

1 Comment »

  1. Lovely photos Chris. I can see how much you love wintertime so won’t attempt to persuade you about the south!

    Comment by Anna — November 22, 2013 @ 10:24 am


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