Gold bauble on a frosted artificial tree
London,  Newcastle-upon-Tyne,  The Changing Seasons,  Themed galleries

Gallery: a December selection

So quiet and subtle is the beauty of December that escapes the notice of many people their whole lives through. Colour gives way to form: every branch distinct, in a delicate tracery against the sky. New vistas, obscured all Summer by leafage, now open up.

Flora Thompson

December in London this year has delivered frost, a touch of snow, but also mild and damp weather; a little bit of everything. Of course it has also brought Christmas lights and decorations.

We were at home for most of the month, then travelled north to spend New Year in Newcastle. My photos for the month capture a day out in Hampstead with friends and several outings in central London, as well as a few shots closer to home and a final couple up in Newcastle. The final shot is included specifically for those of you who were curious to see the Sage music venue in Gateshead in colour after I recently shared a gallery of black and white images. And of course I couldn’t let December pass without including a Christmas decoration! So the header photo is of a bauble on our tree.

Technical notes

All these shots were taken with my phone or with my compact point and shoot Lumix. My new Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera didn’t get any outings this month. The black and white and sepia shots were edited with Nik Silver Efex, the others with Photoshop Elements and/or Nik Color Efex.

As always I am linking my selection to Ju-Lyn’s and Brian’s Changing Seasons challenge. 

  • Black and white photo of a vase with seed pods
  • Pond reflecting trees with orange foliage and birds on a log in the middle
  • Ivy, oak and beech leaves covered in frost
  • White stars with faces and Christmas hats hanging on a bush
  • Canal with barges, modern buildings and snow on the banks
  • Woman in front of display of black and white photos
  • Shadow falling on paving coloured blue by reflected Christmas lights
  • Looking up at large robins suspended above a street
  • Close-up of a squirrel on a branch
  • Three soldiers in red uniforms and shiny helmets with long plumes
  • Cluster of red berries on bare branches
  • Woman seated at a table beneath a large mural
  • Three pale flowers with long stamens and soft focus edges
  • Sepia shot of houses and a cobbled street
  • Large curved modern building with boat moored in river in foreground

As I’m posting this on the first day of 2023 I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone who kindly follows my blog, and especially those of you who comment and interact, the very best for the coming year. May we all have a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.


Do share your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you!