Photographs of snowy Dundee

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The central section of the Tay Railway Bridge passing across a flat-calm Tay at sunset, Dundee, Scotland. DD130
The central section of the Tay Railway Bridge passing across a flat-calm Tay at sunset, Dundee, Scotland. DD130

Like much of the country we’ve had our fair share of snow in Dundee over the last few days. The chance to get out and about and take some photographs of snowy Dundee has been limited both by the snow on driveways and roads and by the COVID-19 restrictions.

Fortunately, one of my favourite photographic subjects has remained only five minutes walk away from my front door – and the unusual conditions have given it and its surroundings a new garb. What’s more, the far end of the Tay Railway Bridge (the engineering phenomenon of which I speak) lies within the five-mile limit in Wormit, Fife.

Klosters-on-Tay, Dundee

My situation has also given me great views of the fun to be had at Klosters-on-Tay, the new winter sports resort developed on Magdalen Green since the first decent covering of snow a few days ago. So photographs of Dundee in the snow have included sledgers, snowboarders and even skiers who have been sampling the downhill speed of the magnificent Riverside View and Magdalen Yard Road runs!

The new resort contains multiple opportunities for apres-ski entertainment. These include building obscene snow sculptures and snowballing to the music piped over the Perth railway line from the nearby VW car-dealer.

Heavy snowfall, Strawberry Bank, Dundee, Scotland. DD118
Heavy snowfall, Strawberry Bank, Dundee, Scotland. DD118
Snowboarding at dusk on Magdalen Green, Dundee, Scotland. DD127
Snowboarding at dusk on Magdalen Green, Dundee, Scotland. DD127
Penguin statue outside the Discovery Centre, Dundee, Scotland. DD111
Penguin statue outside the Discovery Centre, Dundee, Scotland. DD111
Mrs Snowman, relaxing outside her house on Thomson Street, Dundee, Scotland. DD124
Mrs Snowman, relaxing outside her house on Thomson Street, Dundee, Scotland. DD124
Mrs Snowman's husband, showing off his six-pack(s) outside his house on Thomson Street, Dundee, Scotland. DD125
Mrs Snowman’s husband, showing off his six-pack(s) outside his house on Thomson Street, Dundee, Scotland. DD125

Winter sunrise over the Dundee to Perth railway line, Dundee, Scotland.  DD134
Winter sunrise over the Dundee to Perth railway line, Dundee, Scotland. DD134

Tracks through the snow

The mornings were cold, but the white surfaces had the potential to make them particularly spectacular. I got along to the footbridge over the Perth railway line in time to catch the impressive sunrise above, with the light glinting off the tracks.

The Tay Railway Bridge at dusk from western Dundee, Scotland.  DD123
The Tay Railway Bridge at dusk from western Dundee, Scotland. DD123

With the conditions threatening gorgeous evening light one afternoon I strode up the hill toward the Blackness Road, encountering native Dundonian art on my way, looking for a vantage point to catch that light on my bridge. As ever it was tricky to find among Dundee’s well built-up west end, but just in time I found a view across the western cemetery toward the bridge. It looks resplendently golden among its snowy surroundings.

You can see more photographs of snowy Dundee in my gallery here.

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