Different day, different park, same old snow. We truly are blessed with open spaces in my little corner of South London. And so after road testing the SLR at the lovely Larkhall Park, and practising my composition technique around Clap’ham Common, Wednesday saw the short stroll to nearby Vauxhall Park.
It seemed that the promised six inches of snow from the previous Tuesday, plus the eight inches predicted on Sunday night, all finally came together, over a week late. That’s how crap we are with dealing with snow in this country – we can’t even guarantee that it will arrive on time.
Vauxhall Park has been the open space of choice for me for some time now. Like my thoughts on Clap’ham yesterday, it’s the draw of the long, hot summer South London days that attracts me to the SW8 public space. The lavender garden is simply divine, providing the perfect fragrance for my little patch of South London more or less all year round.
But would the scent still be hanging in the air underneath all the snow? Would I make it down the black ice alleyway of Palfrey Place without falling flat on my backside? And how about my struggle over the past week to try and find some level of depth and colour saturation in my new SLR?
It’s a learning experience. Never mind the Nikon, savour the South London snow (although I am seriously struggling with the SLR. All manner of manual settings have been tried. The colour level desired just ‘aint happening…)