I spent the last 9 days of February in London, where winter looks a lot different than it does in Jamaica. Being in a temperate zone not too far north, the UK gets cold weather but not the harshest of winters, usually. Days can be chilly (around 0-5 degrees Celsius) or a little warmer (up to 10 degrees). Precipitation in some form is common, ranging from light rain through heavy snow. Windiness is common. Vegetation is usually in a dormant phase which means for lots of plants leaves are shed.
The UK has a lot of evergreen plants–shrubs, trees and grass, so all is not brown and dank. As the winter passes, and spring is in the air, one sees the early buds on trees and bulbs start to appear, usually snowdrops and daffodils, first. Grey skies are common and when the sun shines, even for a few hours, or even minutes, it’s easy to get excited that a brighter day may be about to happen. But, the weather can change rapidly. One of the pictures below shows a double rainbow that happened to occur just as rain was falling lightly and a few rays of late afternoon sunshine appeared.
Much of the wildlife that inhabits the urban areas tend to stick around during the winter and can often be seen doing their usual thing and foraging for food, which is much easier when conditions are above freezing point.
Interestingly, the UK had been hit badly by Storm Dennis-no relation of mine :)-just before I arrived and there was major flooding in some areas.
Storm Ciara had saturated the country the week before and ‘Dennis‘ affected huge swaths of Britain, from the Scottish Highlands to the Cornish coast and large parts of Wales and Northern Ireland. It triggered a record-breaking number of Environment Agency flood warnings and alerts in England.