A black and white photo of a pair of swans by a frozen pond on a very cold day in a business park in 2010/11.

We’re nearing the end of a spell of chilly weather. With no new photos to illustrate it, I rifled through some older cold-weather snaps, turning up the one above. It was taken during the winter of 2010/11 in a landscaped part of the business park where my workplace was (and still is) located.

We see a pair of swans on frost-coated grass by a part-frozen pond. There is an icy haze in the air. If you look at a larger version of the image you might better see an eerie figure standing at the far side of the pond. The swans, alas, hadn’t long to live. Within weeks of my taking this photo, both birds were hit and killed by cars – in separate incidents.

I took this one with my ’50s Yashica Mat camera, using Kodak Tri-X 400 film. This was from a roll I didn’t develop at home, but rather sent off to Peak Imaging (sadly now defunct) to process.