The warming cold

- 25 C out. Swaddled like a penguin, I march out with the dog in defiance of the cold.

Glowing cheeks, icicles in nose, frosty eyelashes.

Mountains of snow to thrill and chill.

Feeling frozen. Living in this Viking freezer.

Suddenly, a warming sight greets me.

A golden sun painting the scene with warm yellow tones.

Beauty that takes my breath away and leaves me

Anticipating the next cold walk at sunset.

For more Christmas skies, please visit: Skywatch!

54 responses

  1. Always beautiful in your neck of the woods.

    December 23, 2010 at 18:28

  2. Waaay too cold for me, but beautiful photo! I love the light and soft fog!

    December 23, 2010 at 18:57

  3. Such a beautiful scene. That’s so worth fighting the cold, isn’t it? Especially easy for me to say as I sit here all warm and cozy enjoying your image. ;)

    December 23, 2010 at 19:05

  4. The cold is coming through my computer screen as I watch this beautiful photograph. What is on the tree? Looks like beautiful giant raspberries.

    December 23, 2010 at 19:20

    • If you’re referring to the tree in the post below, then those are jolly red apples.

      December 23, 2010 at 21:00

  5. ahh…how serene…yeah i would look forward to the next one as well…sigh

    December 23, 2010 at 19:34

  6. Nice!

    Merry Merry Christmas & Happy Happy New Year! =)

    December 23, 2010 at 21:05

  7. Fabulous, Fi. I love the yellow sky, and I love your line “swaddled like a penguin”!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

    December 23, 2010 at 21:10

  8. That warms the soul, indeed. So beautiful!

    December 23, 2010 at 21:12

  9. Riet

    That is a beautiful photo. Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2010 at 21:12

  10. lilalia

    The colour tones are stunning. Such rarified light. Excellent. A very Merry Christmas wishes coming from “down south” Luebeck to you and your family. All the very best.

    December 23, 2010 at 21:16

  11. Gorgeous, breathtaking, other worldly and a superb capture as always! How incredible to happen on a sight like this — and have the camera handy!! Wishing you a very Merry, Happy Holiday!

    Sylvia

    December 23, 2010 at 21:24

  12. I love the misty magical appearance of this image…beautiful! happy holidays my friend!

    December 23, 2010 at 21:35

  13. Al

    Cold, but beautiful. We haven’t been that cold yet this winter.

    December 23, 2010 at 21:44

  14. it’s such a beautiful snapshot of how your world is right now. very nicely captured.

    happy holidays.

    December 23, 2010 at 22:12

  15. Dear friends, we wish you happy holidays

    December 23, 2010 at 22:22

  16. Yikes!!! We had record snowfall this past week, but the temperature is just cold enough for a good snow…-25, yikes!!!

    Your photo is lovely…love the colors and the wispy, ethereal quality of the composition!

    December 23, 2010 at 22:44

  17. -25!! That´s crazy. I think I´ll take +45 then. :)
    But it is more beautiful in your neck of the woods.

    December 23, 2010 at 23:10

  18. I know the pengiun walk well.

    December 23, 2010 at 23:36

  19. The writing preceding you photo is as lovely as the picture itself.

    December 24, 2010 at 00:10

  20. Thank you very much for sharing your great photos on his blog. Wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Best wishes. Leovi.

    December 24, 2010 at 00:22

  21. Your soul sees well Ladyfi.

    December 24, 2010 at 00:26

  22. Gorgeous and so very exhilarating!!

    December 24, 2010 at 00:39

  23. Very beautiful scenery and it does looked like a painting on the wall. Merry Christmas and wish you have a great time celebrating with your family and friends. :)

    December 24, 2010 at 01:50

  24. -25 C is insane. We went snowshoeing yesterday and while it was snowing on us I was stripped down to the lightest clothes that would keep me dry. That is my idea of winter. You must be north, north, north.

    December 24, 2010 at 03:21

  25. Wonderful.

    December 24, 2010 at 04:49

  26. LadyFi: What a beautiful scene and your slide show header is so special.

    December 24, 2010 at 04:56

  27. indeed breathtaking!!

    December 24, 2010 at 04:59

  28. Whisphering Photos- Barbara

    Gourgous! Happy Holidays

    December 24, 2010 at 05:13

  29. Jen

    I have never experienced anything quite that cold,…yet. But you are very brave.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    December 24, 2010 at 06:14

  30. It is so pretty there..even if it is cold..penguin suit..Ha..that fits the way I walk perfectly. Enjoy your day with the Anklebiters:) :)

    December 24, 2010 at 06:26

  31. Brrr, that looks cold– too cold, but it sure makes a beautiful picture.

    WIshing you a happy and warm Christmas, xo jj

    December 24, 2010 at 08:08

  32. Beautiful Sky Watch posting!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

    Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,
    Regards, Bram

    My SkyWatch on WordPress

    Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 24

    December 24, 2010 at 08:38

  33. Beautiful, but then again your images always are…
    God Jul och Gott Nytt År från Danmark,
    kram
    Zuzana

    December 24, 2010 at 08:50

  34. Dette er det bedste foto jeg har set i denne uges Skywatch, godt gået!

    Glædelig jul :)

    December 24, 2010 at 13:12

  35. Absolutely stunning picture. I would probably go into hibernation if I lived in your climate. I guess Africa has thinned my blood.

    December 24, 2010 at 13:33

  36. Beautifulll….

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Jear.

    December 24, 2010 at 14:41

  37. Hello,

    Beautifull picture. Love the light

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    Greetz Danielle

    December 24, 2010 at 19:04

  38. You are the best at seeing the beauty in life! Merry Christmas to everybody at your house. And thank you for the year-long gift of your blog!

    *I do wonder how you managed to get such a good picture when your hands were in thick gloves ;>)

    December 24, 2010 at 19:09

    • Thank you for your kind words. As for taking the photo, I did it with bare hands! Very cold….

      December 24, 2010 at 19:19

  39. the girl from cherry blossom street

    As usual, you post magnificent photographs!

    Have a Cherry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

    December 24, 2010 at 20:43

  40. Santa Claus is alive and well in the hearts of children who believe all around the world. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.

    ~Happy Christmas and Merry New Year from our family to you and yours

    December 25, 2010 at 08:32

  41. I love the light in this shot. :)

    December 25, 2010 at 23:05

  42. Wow, is that sepia or was it really that color?

    December 26, 2010 at 12:01

    • It really was that colour!

      December 26, 2010 at 14:02

  43. That makes you WANT to go out…..

    December 27, 2010 at 11:43

  44. Beautiful, but I’ll still take my warm LA weather.

    December 29, 2010 at 01:01

  45. Very late to this post but this photo is so incredible, I just had to leave a comment! Stunning!!!

    January 2, 2011 at 15:11

  46. Lovely. And such a contrast with summer in Australia, where I am now.
    I wonder what I will come back to?

    January 4, 2011 at 04:17

  47. Golden, indeed!

    January 8, 2011 at 20:13

  48. Beautiful photo!

    January 9, 2011 at 17:09

  49. Love this a lot.

    January 14, 2011 at 08:06

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