Weather metaphors

The weather is a good metaphor for life.

Even in extreme conditions, it’s your point of view that decides whether life is beautiful or not.

Sometimes it helps to explore the thrills of the small things in life: like snowflakes on the handle of a spade.

See how they cling together, giving each other warmth and beauty? How together they can transform the mundane into – dare I say it – something better than themselves.

And even there, when you are out on a limb, you can still dare to veer off your path, to create your own loveliness.

See how those flakes are hanging down, stuck together with nothing but moisture, perseverance, a little faith – and some love.

That’s the miracle of life: each one of us unique, and clinging together to create beauty where we can.

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77 responses

  1. Lovely photographs, have you ever read about “snowflake Bentley”. In 1800/1900 he photographed snowflake, people though he was a bit crazy. Interesting read the way he did it.

    December 6, 2010 at 16:55

  2. You do have a way with words and photos! Lovely!

    December 6, 2010 at 16:55

  3. Breathtaking photos – well done! And yes, whatever the inconvenience of the present weather conditions, they still produce beautiful, heart-lifting effects.

    December 6, 2010 at 17:09

  4. Beautiful captures. It’s astonishing to see how the individual flakes cling together as they begin to melt. (I know there’s a scientific explanation for it, but it still amazes me;-))

    December 6, 2010 at 17:24

  5. I can almost “see” individual snow flakes. Amazing LadyFi!

    December 6, 2010 at 17:42

  6. Now those pictures actually make the snow seem pretty!

    December 6, 2010 at 17:44

  7. Beauteous!

    December 6, 2010 at 18:15

  8. I was feeling a bit down and am glad I made a return visit to your blog. Good food for the soul. Beautiful photos.

    December 6, 2010 at 19:08

  9. Wonderfully amazing photos … I could barely tear my eyes away to read your thoughts.

    December 6, 2010 at 19:09

  10. I agree with Jenners. I don´t need words to these beautiful pics!

    December 6, 2010 at 19:53

  11. These images are enchanted! This beautiful art in snow and ice that only nature can create.;) And a keen photographer like you can capture.;))
    Loved your sentiments in words as well,
    xoxo

    December 6, 2010 at 20:50

  12. Oh wow – those pictures are amazing!!

    December 6, 2010 at 20:59

  13. crating beauty where we can…i like that…great shots…love the textures of that snow…

    December 6, 2010 at 21:11

  14. Beautiful pictures as well as your words of wisdom…very true! Happy Monday! XX

    December 6, 2010 at 21:14

  15. I love hoar frost! This is so beautiful like a fairy tale country! Thank you for sharing! Thank for your visit!

    December 6, 2010 at 21:15

  16. You make it look so gorgeous!

    December 6, 2010 at 21:15

  17. You are so very creative, talented and with so much sensitivity to the world around you and you share it with us in such incredibly breathtaking ways. Thank you! You bring so much into my world! Have a beautiful week!

    Sylvia

    December 6, 2010 at 21:26

  18. The weather sure looks magical!

    December 6, 2010 at 21:47

  19. lilalia

    Absolutely, sunning photos and such thought-provoking ideas. A friend of mine from Cameroon said that only in the north or far south is weather a philosophical matter. Around the equator, weather is just zen.

    December 6, 2010 at 21:48

  20. splendid captures. you are right about weather being metaphor. i like that line too.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

    December 6, 2010 at 22:30

  21. Clive

    I’m so jealous of your wonderful photos! If I’m not mistaken you got a new camera around the same time as me …. but you obviously read the manual a lot more (or are just very talented) because your photos are just fab and keep getting better and better!

    - Fiona

    ps – I know you must think we are crazy going on about a little bit of snow compared to your winter snow but for us, it has been a huge amount and worse – we are totally unprepared for it. The country ground to a total standstill last week and this week is not much better. We don’t even have winter tyres here which makes for some fun driving – cars are sliding and crashing into each other all the time. After 10 days of snow – we need a thaw!!

    December 7, 2010 at 00:11

    • I don’t think you’re crazy at all… That’s a lot of snow you’ve had – and, as you say, it’s terrible when the whole country comes to a standstill because it’s not prepared.

      December 7, 2010 at 05:38

  22. Al

    Gorgeous, both the words and the photos. You really captured the beauty of the snow and ice at both the large and small scale!

    December 7, 2010 at 01:13

  23. The snowflakes hold such fascinating patterns, ever changing and no two alike. Also like the characters that make up the world.

    It’s gorgeous and your captures wonderful. However, I’d rather view it through your lense than up close. Brrr….

    December 7, 2010 at 01:19

  24. WOW, gorgeous icy images.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:23

  25. Your great photographs captured a beauty of great nature.
    Have a wonderful day.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:29

  26. The first shot looks magical.
    Great pics.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:32

  27. Your photos and point of view always help us find the beauty.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:44

  28. beautiful..you have captured them perfectly..individual but together! It must have warmed up to snow..your snow looks way prettier than mine:)

    December 7, 2010 at 02:45

  29. Superb shots.

    December 7, 2010 at 04:41

  30. love the thoughts and the photos are really great! have a good week!

    December 7, 2010 at 04:58

  31. gorgeous captures and superb commentary

    December 7, 2010 at 05:16

  32. I do love grandfather Frost’s handiwork and your sweet analogy with life.

    December 7, 2010 at 05:18

  33. Sagolikt vackert! Du visar verkligen naturens konstverk!

    December 7, 2010 at 06:52

  34. exquisite photos to match such wondrous thoughts.

    December 7, 2010 at 07:03

  35. Beautiful Winter My World Tuesday posting

    Have a nice week,
    Greetings, Bram

    Link to My Word Tuesday post!

    Seen on My World Tuesday

    December 7, 2010 at 08:01

  36. Snow! Oh how lovely!

    December 7, 2010 at 08:34

  37. Life may not be beautiful in such cold but yours pictures are :)

    December 7, 2010 at 08:35

  38. Thank your for sharing so much beauty through your fabulous photographs! Your weather metaphors are lovely. Life is beautiful and it is a wonderful world!

    December 7, 2010 at 09:09

  39. Marvelous photos!
    Love the world of Emerson also!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:47

  40. Just beautiful! I love how ice transforms things into objects of great beauty, especially trees.

    December 7, 2010 at 13:23

  41. What beautiful photos! I like your metaphor of snowflakes and people both coming together for strength and to create beauty.

    December 7, 2010 at 13:49

  42. Snow on your pictures look so beautiful, in my reality it’s rather ugly and cold !

    December 7, 2010 at 17:39

    • I do think it’s beautiful! And yes, it is cold…

      December 7, 2010 at 17:57

  43. Stunning! Absolutely stunning.

    December 7, 2010 at 18:24

  44. I think you found a totally mnew snowflake species there. They look really fancy on red background spade.

    December 7, 2010 at 18:53

  45. Words and images – beautiful!

    December 7, 2010 at 19:24

  46. sweden in a nutshell. :) Great shots though.

    December 7, 2010 at 20:44

  47. OMG….such stunning photos!! I guess we’ll be in for some real treats from you again this winter!!

    December 7, 2010 at 21:05

  48. I love the line about veering off the path to create your own loveliness…

    December 7, 2010 at 21:17

  49. Lovely=)

    December 7, 2010 at 22:49

  50. oh. my.
    how?

    December 8, 2010 at 00:55

  51. I love the sentiment. So many a bitchin’ about the snow. I love it.
    Thank you for visiting My World !

    December 8, 2010 at 03:00

  52. Oh just beautiful Fi! (And that’s even though I now have a guilty conscience for complaining about rain ;>)!)

    December 8, 2010 at 03:05

  53. Truly breathtaking!

    December 8, 2010 at 03:37

  54. A lovely post with amazing photos! Things really are how you look at it. It’s been so cold here lately…but I’ve enjoyed watching the sunrise in the morning, something I can’t do in the summer as I’m never awake that early :-D

    December 8, 2010 at 05:31

  55. Thanks for the inspiring metaphor LF. Like Gutsy Writer said–I can almost see the individual flakes as well.

    December 8, 2010 at 12:54

  56. Tom Foolery

    Wonderful images (and words) :) TFx

    December 8, 2010 at 17:52

  57. I like your perspective. And your photos. It’s good to be able to see the little things. Thanks for showing them to me.

    December 8, 2010 at 18:02

  58. I dunno – cold is cold! ;-)

    December 8, 2010 at 19:14

  59. Gorgeous, gorgeous post!

    December 8, 2010 at 20:01

  60. Happy Wednesday!

    December 8, 2010 at 21:18

  61. Those pictures captured the snow nicely, even down to the shapes within the flakes that i can clearly see in some of these shots.
    Amazing

    December 9, 2010 at 00:06

  62. Beautiful photos and beautiful thoughts paired with them. :)

    December 9, 2010 at 00:19

  63. Oh, incredible! Gorgeous.

    December 9, 2010 at 02:47

  64. Simply Beautiful. I hate winter but even I can’t help but appreciate the beauty in your photographs.

    December 9, 2010 at 03:25

  65. you have those beautiful warm colors in the background in the last two photos, and that warmth really comes through. gorgeous.

    December 9, 2010 at 04:20

  66. This post is astoundingly beautiful.

    December 9, 2010 at 05:12

  67. Wow, just wow!
    xo jj

    December 9, 2010 at 07:35

  68. beautiful photos, Fiona. Soemtimes I have the impression that the snow is blue….
    nice day

    December 9, 2010 at 08:55

  69. brilliant post!!

    December 10, 2010 at 06:26

  70. Wise words, Fi – and wonderful frosty photos.

    December 11, 2010 at 00:31

  71. You do show us lovely scenes of winter but they make me glad to live in a milder climate.

    December 11, 2010 at 06:01

  72. This is so beautiful.. your photos and your thoughts behind them.

    December 11, 2010 at 20:08

  73. These photos are just stunning – wonderful details.

    I just started a project on observing a tree and everything that is on it – maybe you’d like to join! I’d be happy to have you.
    http://thetreeyear.wordpress.com

    December 12, 2010 at 20:32

  74. So weather and life both require the right kind of “clothes” so you are prepared for whatever you encounter…but the clothes of life is your attitude…

    December 15, 2010 at 07:01

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