Today was one of the most beautiful winter days for a long time, with a completely clear blue sky and bright sunshine across Northumberland National Park, and the last leaves of autumn still adding some colour to the landscape. Not cold enough yet to freeze over on the rivers, but the weather forecast is for high pressure for some days to come, and cold, frosty nights. This image show the River Allen from Cupola Bridge a few years ago during a cold spell. It has been used in a previous Seasons of Northumberland calendar, and is still available as a Christmas card in the Northumberland Winter series. Hard winters are not welcomed by everyone, but the dry weather makes a pleasant change from some of the wet winters of recent years, and I have never met a photographer who does not enjoy at least a taste of traditional ‘winter’ weather from time to time.