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863. Black ice
Glen Prosen Stu

863. Black ice

2 January 2007

He approached the junction warily; he had already experienced a heart-stopping moment less than a mile back when the road took a right-angle bend to cross a bridge. There was a steep hill leading to the bend. He gently pressed on the brake pedal: he felt himself lose control and saw the turn and wall approach. Black ice. He knew what to do, and he did it: foot off the brake; steer into the skid; drop down gears; gently accelerate. It worked: he negotiated the bend and crossed the bridge safely. Now approaching this new junction he once again struck black ice. Even at low speeds it is dangerous. He was doing less than 20mph, and was driving in third gear! The car immediately took on a life of its own. He had no space to manoeuvre. Glen Clova was not an option - he had no time to point the car in that direction. His choice was stark: the ditch or the Glen Prosen road. It was cold up Glen Prosen.

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Kim10-Jan-2007 04:48
Terrific lines and perspective.
Gilles Navet07-Jan-2007 23:40
Confrontation des sujet dans une magnifique composition.
Je te trouve appaisé, tes image sont belles et "inspirées"
firstbrook05-Jan-2007 16:00
Beautiful scene...v
Buz Kiefer04-Jan-2007 20:30
Jude Marion04-Jan-2007 18:54
Fantastic patchwork.
Chris04-Jan-2007 04:28
Gorgeous, Stu. Incredible light.
Tiago Gracio03-Jan-2007 20:41
Wonderful landscape Stewart... Great shoot. I like the contrast between the green and the snow.
Marco Valk03-Jan-2007 16:30
very beautiful image
laine8203-Jan-2007 08:50
I hope he is home, safe by the fire & going to take up walking until spring !!!
This looks like two separate worlds, Stu.
Susan Craig03-Jan-2007 07:14
Beautiful image.
Herb Knufken03-Jan-2007 03:40
If there is something I don't miss, it's black ice.
Very nice landscape
Katie Chew03-Jan-2007 03:24
Beautiful view!
Ann LT03-Jan-2007 03:22
I love the contrast in scenery here.
I like that you didn't include the sky in the compo.
Excellent! V
Gayle P. Clement03-Jan-2007 00:24
Beautiful scene and a very good story.
poetry66602-Jan-2007 23:51
Cracking story and fantastic view...V!
jude02-Jan-2007 23:00
First of all, beautiful - the green mixed with the patchwork of snow in the background.
Second of all, I thought you were describing my drive to work this morning.. we had black ice as well.. Of course, I didn't realize it til I tried to stop .... luckily the traffic at 6:30 is pretty sparse ;)
Mark Rutter02-Jan-2007 22:15
Oh my, that's a beauty. Great contrast between the distant snow and that wonderful foreground and an isolated house for human interest. I like shots like this with no sky too.
Zak02-Jan-2007 21:48
great view!!
suse02-Jan-2007 21:37
Wow, what a landscape. That must be worthy of a gallery or 2 on it's own!
Tricia02-Jan-2007 21:34
What a stark contrast between the green fields and the white, never seen that, great capture and story.
Dallas Hyatt02-Jan-2007 21:23
Great story. Wonderful image. Vote.
Dougie Robertson02-Jan-2007 21:22
Stunning landscape and on our doorstep.
northstar3702-Jan-2007 21:13
Lovely one! The sun had all gone by the time I went outside.
Sharon Rogers02-Jan-2007 21:12
whooo - what a view! Interesting pattern on the hillside, reminds me of crop circles
Johnny JAG02-Jan-2007 21:09
Steady lad, take the detour.