November just past was one of the dullest months on record and so far December has been very wet and dark. In Glasgow we have not had the devastating floods experienced in Cumbria or other places but there has still has been a deluge of steady rain day after day.
Here are some of my own photographs, where I've tried to capture the result of blocked drains, clogged up by leaves falling faster than they can be cleared, non stop rainfall, puddle reflections and a setting sun bringing hope of brighter times ahead ... for animals and people struggling to keep going in the face of adversity.
Winter can be a bare and often tough time of year to get through, which is probably why we have celebrations, coloured lights, tinsel and bonfires, dating right back to pagan times in this country. For a keen amateur photographer the dark early nights can provide much needed beauty, warmth and colour – even before the Christmas lights ones are switched on. Sometimes a succession of grey dull days are exchanged for bright glowing nights, where dazzling reflections are at their best and pavements and puddles throw back a mirror image.
Nature's consolation in her other hand.