I revisited the lake featured yesterday a day later, after a long period of gentle but non-stop snow and discovered an altogether more subtle environment. The crisp, contrasty and well defined round holes were now a much more interesting series of greys and swirling shapes – with foot prints.
I also stopped to look at the parts that were not yet frozen which were fascinating too, in an entirely different way.
On Saturday whilst out for a walk along the Stour River we came across some remarkable snow patterns on the lakes. I can only guess that they were caused by a timely combination of ice, light snow and wind but however they happened they were wonderful to see and in 10 years of walking I had never come across anything similar before.
So well worth a photographic visit (with ladder) – and being late for lunch for!
The first image is a rough cut composite showing pretty much the whole lake and images following are more considered views.
And this last pic was taken by my brother of me in action up the ladder, sporting a fetching pair of orange pants!
As I am in London all day tomorrow, I thought I’d squeeze this in today!
I had a rather quick but interesting visit to the Singleton Environment Centre recently with my good friend Jasper. I somehow missed this completing in 2006 (that was a very busy time!!).
I can remember during my first (and only) year of an architecture degree, my tutor telling me that most buildings are designed in less than ideal circumstances for less than ideal sites (or something along those lines).
This though looks like an ideal commission in a ideal location!
I think the building works ok, it sits comfortably in it’s surroundings and the tree columns place it very definitely in the mid naughties! This said I remain slightly unsure about this sort of eco-modernism and I can’t quite put my finger on why!
But whatever I think, the people there were relaxed and obviously happy in the space and that has got to be the best test of any building.
(Apologies for the abundant fire extinquishers, benches, bins, gas bottles etc)