In our room of windows, I call the observatory, raptors soar by at eye level, the tides ebb and flow and the currents of wind, rain, sunshine and snow are ever apparent. Everyday showcases a different mood, light, colour and scent. Many of the most memorable panoramas fall between December and February when the air circulation is robust and crisp. While this is ideal for photographing sunrises and sunsets, it also intensifies and illuminates objects in a landscape, such as my "winter" garden below. During a snowstorm the light creates a prism of blue shown in the image of the birch grove bending in the wind.