Snow Stops London February 2009

360 panorama taken from Westminster Bridge

360 panorama taken from Westminster Bridge

panorama (c) Peter Watts – all rights reserved

Second of February 2009 and London came almost to a standstill. Snow had fallen and with it came the collapse of most of the public transport network, airports and closure of schools. Once again the people of England were advised to stay at home. And so many Londoners headed out for the parks and hills of London for a spot of snowman building, tobogganing and snow fights.

Taking pictures in Regents Park, London, after snow.

Taking pictures in Regents Park, London, after snow.

I took the opportunity to walk around parts of the city with a camera in hand taking some 360 panoramas of some rare London snow scenes. This started in Regents Park in the morning with most of the soft snow still untouched and fluffy. About a couple of centimeters rested on top of the tree branches, making the pictures look like some black and white study. The water in the Boating Lake had partly frozen over and St John’s Lodge Gardens looked a dream.

Later in the day a group of three of us headed off for the West End finding Chinese Lanterns in China Town each capped with a dusting of snow, still up after the recent Chinese New Year celebrations. Yet more snowmen waited for us in St Jame’s Park, and various snowball fights ensued. The walk then progressed onto Westminster Bridge (see the picture at top of post) before retreating to a coffee shop as the cold evening closed in.

They promise more later in the week, so maybe there will be another chance at London snow scenes. In the meantime, a number of 360 panoramas from the day have been loaded up onto Panoramic Earth and can be found in the London Panorama Index.

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