For some people, winter is the period between
autumn and spring that has to be endured and
can’t pass too quickly. But others love the season.
They love the snow that brings back memories of
childhood days playing snowballs and sledging
(when of course the snow was deeper and more
frequent!).They also love the bright frosty
mornings, as the hoar frost clings to every twig
and ice patterns form on windows and on
Of course there are times when
the weather is foul, but to sit in front of a roaring
log fire while the rain patters on the window, or
to crowd into a Christmas-decorated church are
experiences to be treasured.
The weather generally smiles benignly on Dorset
in winter, although it can be harsh, especially in
the north of the county. Even the Poole Harbour
shoreline has been known to freeze over on rare
occasions. The county can be spectacularly
beautiful under a mantle of snow, or when the
early morning rays of the sun catch a meadow
coated in frost, a church tower standing above
the gently lapping mists, or a towering wave
crashing onto Dorset’s Jurassic shore.
on when winter starts to lose its icy grip and the
days lengthen, the harbingers of spring in Dorset
are all the more beautiful.
In this journey through winter in Dorset, celebrated
photographer Roger Holman persuades
us through more than 140 crisp and evocative
images that winter is a season to be celebrated
and savoured. Wrap up well and enjoy it!
Roger Holman was born in 1932 near
Wimborne, not far from where he
lives today, and educated at the
Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. On
leaving he joined the family firm, which
he continued to run – apart from time
spent in the RAF on National Service
– until he handed it over to two of his
sons. He discovered photography in
his teens and has been photographing
aspects of his home county ever since.
He is the author of Images of the
Dorset Coast, Images of Dorset Country,
Dorset the Glorious County, Spirit of
Weymouth and Portland and co-author
of Dorset’s Most Beautiful Buildings, all for Halsgrove.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 051 0, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published 2010.