My '44 Flying Control Dodge

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Dodge Winter Photoshoot - December 9th

On the evening of December 8th, it began snowing. There was quite a lot falling, but it wasn't laying on the ground as much as the snow fall suggested. By late evening, the garden was white and there was a covering of around 3/8 inch. As I've never had the Dodge out in snow for pictures, I decided if the snow was still on the ground in the morning, I'd go for a local run around and get some pictures. Until we moved house, the Dodge always spent the winter hibernating in its shipping container with the battery out.

On the morning of Friday 9th, the snow had melted a little, but there was still enough on the ground for some nice pictures. I was on the move by about 09:20hrs and got the first pictures are a layby near home by 09:30hrs.

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I wasn't going far, but there were a number of spots to pull in for pictures along the route. Several of them were move suited for shooting into the low sun, which was only around eight degrees above the horizon at that time. Blue sky, some clouds and a golden yellow light from the low sun added to the atmosphere of the pictures.

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The area amongst the trees, next to the village church, gave a good view out over the fields, but once again, I was looking directly into the sun.

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On to the next village where there's a nice country lane that I often visit for pictures. There were a couple of places to stop for photos along this road. With it being a quiet road in normal weather, it was little used when icy, so it was still mostly snow covered.

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A little further along the lane is my main spot for pictures. It was here that I brought the two Jeeps for the sunset pictures in April 2021 and the Jeep and Dodge last Christmas after finishing the crane.

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There was one last stop towards the end of that lane, in a bit of a hollow with steep banks on either side of the road, an ideal vantage point for getting some slightly top side views.

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I headed back home after that, having covered about 7 miles. Of course the garden hose and tap were frozen, so I had to wash the Dodge down with a bucket of water and a brush before putting it back in the garage.

I also had my "Camera-Carrzie" head-cam on for the drive and a heavily cropped version of the trip can be seen below. I would have liked a bit more snow, but I'll take what was provided.

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How did those military tread tires work on the snow?
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The tyres were fine, but I was slow and careful on the snow covered sections of road, particularly where there was an incline to a junction.
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