Of light in the darkness

December 13 is a special day (Lucia):

It’s when the Swedes celebrate light over darkness

With the eating of Lucia buns

And special candlelit ceremonies with beautiful singing.

Even the skies spread a gorgeous light

To let us know that the sun will return

And to remind us of love and compassion

In the midwinter darkness.

Rainbow sky

For more light skies, please visit: Skywatch.

94 responses

  1. Gorgeous lavender.

    I Love ! Xx

    December 13, 2012 at 14:14

  2. wow look at all the snow…and the colors in the sky… a gorgeous spot….is there a name for this special day? pretty cool thing to celebrate as well….light over darkness…there is more than one metaphor in that…smiles.

    December 13, 2012 at 14:20

  3. What a great day I was just impressed

    December 13, 2012 at 14:21

  4. Oh, (sigh) you gotta love the Swedes! :-) Many thanks. Loved that image.

    Greetings from London.

    December 13, 2012 at 14:26

  5. Pat

    What a wonderful thing to celebrate! Beautiful shot!

    December 13, 2012 at 14:46

  6. Beautiful, but I thought the cusp day was December 21?

    December 13, 2012 at 14:57

  7. Incredible! You sure have amazing color over there.

    December 13, 2012 at 15:08

  8. I´m always amazed at how you catch the light in your pics.

    December 13, 2012 at 15:12

  9. Linda foto e boas e lindas LUZES. Ótima celebração!beijos,chica

    December 13, 2012 at 15:39

  10. i recently finished a novel set just before Christmas in Sweden … and the mention of Lucia buns is now something i don’t need to Google!!

    December 13, 2012 at 15:43

  11. What an wonderful celebration and reminder for all of us! Breathtaking capture and colors, Fiona! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty and the wisdom! Have a beautiful weekend!

    December 13, 2012 at 15:54

  12. Wow!! I love the way the light is playing with the trees!! Just fantastic!!

    December 13, 2012 at 16:03

  13. Nydelig bilde:) Klem fra Anette :)

    December 13, 2012 at 16:15

  14. TexWisGirl

    ah, yes! i remember reading about that saint’s day!

    December 13, 2012 at 16:47

  15. imac

    There’s always Light – After the Darkness.

    Wonderful shot my friend.

    December 13, 2012 at 17:25

  16. okay, I hate the cold but this looks like fun snow. Love that sky!

    December 13, 2012 at 17:26

  17. Bob

    The colours, wowee.

    December 13, 2012 at 17:35

  18. I actually gasped when I saw this photo that look so much like a wonderful watercolor painting! Amazing! This knocks me out!

    December 13, 2012 at 17:59

  19. At least you have these glorious colours to promise the return of the light…

    December 13, 2012 at 18:00

  20. Don

    Wow! What an image. The colour is just superb. Lovely ritual with the Lucia buns.

    December 13, 2012 at 18:18

  21. Awesome shot!! You know, I still remember last years wonderful post. Beutiful tradition. So glad you are enjoying it once more!!

    December 13, 2012 at 18:35

  22. oh, my gosh… that´s not my profile photo!! hahahaha where did that come from?? hugs

    December 13, 2012 at 18:36

    • LOL! So nice to see you hear again. Hugs!

      December 13, 2012 at 19:30

  23. Lovely colors & wonderful capture =)

    December 13, 2012 at 18:58

  24. So true Moreau’s words… I love what he has written….Agnès

    December 13, 2012 at 19:27

  25. This shot is pure magic!

    December 13, 2012 at 19:52

  26. Stunning!
    Have a great weekend.

    December 13, 2012 at 20:39

  27. A very pretty scene Fi, and a wonderful celebratory idea.

    December 13, 2012 at 20:51

  28. Hello Lady Fi!
    Wonderful picture.
    I admire!
    I send greetings
    Lucia

    December 13, 2012 at 20:53

  29. Wonderful photo! So beautiful. I loved hearing about Lucia.

    December 13, 2012 at 21:27

  30. Happy Lucia’s Day! Gorgeous shot!

    December 13, 2012 at 21:53

  31. Such a glorious llight. Mega thanks – and happy Lucia’s Day.

    December 13, 2012 at 22:02

  32. That picture is amazing — a miracle in itself. Did you not once show us the ceremony, with the girls and their candle wreaths? (I am so far behind I have no time to look back, but I’m sure it is your blog where I saw that last year maybe.)

    December 13, 2012 at 23:17

  33. Happy Lucia Fi. Wish I could share a bun! The winter trees are beckoning me.

    December 13, 2012 at 23:45

  34. Jim

    What a beautiful backdrop for this great tradition, Fiona.

    December 14, 2012 at 00:01

  35. A wonderful celebration! Your photo and landscape is beautiful. Lovely colors. Happy Skywatching!

    December 14, 2012 at 00:44

  36. The pink and lavender hues are divine! Especially with the trees silhouetted against it.

    December 14, 2012 at 01:26

  37. I am glad you got such a beautiful reminder that the sun will shine again…and even more glad you shared it with us…:-)

    December 14, 2012 at 02:10

  38. Is your daughter going to play St. Lucia?

    December 14, 2012 at 02:29

  39. cloudia

    oh my! you rock
    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >

    >

    > ~

    December 14, 2012 at 03:10

  40. Nevermind the weather, a bun is a bun!

    December 14, 2012 at 03:38

  41. Wow, I believe this is now my favorite photo of yours! Gorgeous!

    December 14, 2012 at 03:42

  42. “Lucia buns?” Count me in! That photo is exquisite! Someday, I’m determined to turn up on your doorstep, my friend.

    December 14, 2012 at 04:22

  43. What a wonderful ceremony to celebrate the fact that the light shall return! And what a gorgeous photo! The pastels in the sky and the bare tree–just beautiful. :)

    December 14, 2012 at 04:51

  44. Wonderful, I hope that nobody in Sweden will take offense if we celebrate Lucia here in the Oklahoma, USA. Beautiful photograph.

    December 14, 2012 at 05:39

  45. Exceptionally beautiful, and would love to try Lucia buns!

    December 14, 2012 at 06:19

  46. Liz

    Fantastic colors! Happy sky watching.

    Threatening sky

    December 14, 2012 at 06:55

  47. This is pure magic!

    December 14, 2012 at 07:37

  48. The cold blue / pink tone of this image is great. Have a good Lucia.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    December 14, 2012 at 07:37

  49. Another wonderful photo….I wish one day to see the Lucia celebrations as my parents came to Canada from Sweden so your blog is always an inspiration to me.

    December 14, 2012 at 07:42

  50. Glorious shot, and what a great idea for a celebration! I love it.

    December 14, 2012 at 07:47

  51. awesome… and I enjoy the different hues of the winter sky. Let happiness take over shades of sadness.

    December 14, 2012 at 08:10

  52. Yes, a delicious photo, beautiful sky tones combined with white snow.

    December 14, 2012 at 08:32

  53. Gorgeous capture :)

    December 14, 2012 at 08:57

  54. Sa vackert!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 09:55

  55. Light in the darkness, indeed!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:00

  56. The light and the colours are wonderful, so delicate and perfectly timed as I understand.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:07

  57. Awesome shades of colors in the picture.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:23

  58. Gorgeous in thought and sight.

    December 14, 2012 at 13:05

  59. Oh that is so fantastic! Glad you had a wonderful 13-Dec! Lucia buns must be delicious :)

    December 14, 2012 at 13:43

  60. Lovely shades. Beautiful. :)

    December 14, 2012 at 13:47

  61. AA beautiful sky for a strange celebration .

    December 14, 2012 at 15:19

  62. Wonderful winter shot.

    December 14, 2012 at 15:30

  63. Wow. Very beautiful shot! I hope you enjoyed the special day.

    December 14, 2012 at 15:31

  64. Oh gorgeous, just as super gorgeous like you said..the colors are just incredible!

    December 14, 2012 at 16:17

  65. Great series of photos, gorgeous compositions and thanks for the history, too!

    December 14, 2012 at 17:43

  66. What a beautiful picture !

    December 14, 2012 at 18:00

  67. It’s not long now before the sun returns. :)

    December 14, 2012 at 19:07

  68. That…is MAGICAL!

    December 14, 2012 at 19:56

  69. Supersnyggt!

    December 14, 2012 at 22:10

  70. Pure magic Fi!!!

    December 14, 2012 at 23:33

  71. I thought of you yesterday..a Celebration of Light..yes we need one too:)

    December 15, 2012 at 02:50

  72. Did you make the St. Lucia buns this year? I still remember you talking about them years ago….and you inspired me to make them. They were so good.

    Jen

    December 15, 2012 at 03:42

  73. Great color! Love all the shades in the sky!

    December 15, 2012 at 06:09

  74. Amazing! Just amazing.

    December 15, 2012 at 07:33

  75. a friend of mine has recently moved to Sweden and she’s telling so many nice things about this country! and this tradition is one that most of us should follow, as we too often forget to celebrate light, and allow ourselves to be covered by darkness…

    December 15, 2012 at 08:23

  76. Magical shot :) Love it!
    Thanks for dropping by.

    December 15, 2012 at 09:16

  77. The picture is simply wow! I would love to be a part of the ceremony, it sounds so beautiful.

    My Yatra Diary…

    December 15, 2012 at 09:19

  78. The picture is simply wow! I would love to be a part of the ceremony, it sounds so beautiful.

    December 15, 2012 at 09:20

  79. Zuzana

    As always, your shot are so visually stunning, very romantic. Looks as if painted..) Have a great weekend and stay warm.;)
    xoxo

    December 15, 2012 at 16:07

  80. serlinetay

    So beautiful in its melancholy!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    December 15, 2012 at 18:53

  81. lots of tracks on the ground. Beautiful sky above it. :)

    December 15, 2012 at 23:31

  82. You do it time after time – BEAUTIFUL shot!
    The colors are so lovely!

    December 16, 2012 at 02:32

  83. Hudson Howl

    I have seen this sky saturated in colour, felt that light and sensed the wonder. Though it was twenty five an more years ago in northern Ontario. It was early early morning, we were on snowmobiles and had been traveling through remote bush on our way to a secluded bush camp. We had two more lakes to cross. The lake infront , which was a wash in light an colour reminds me of this photo, was called Little Ella. Many of lakes in this forested rocky area were named by the Finnish people who immigrated to Canada and made new homes for themselves in the area. Many have lady names, such as Hannah and Ella. But what strikes me as interesting with your photo and Lucia, an my memory of early light over Ella is that Ella means ‘true to all, bright one, torch, radiant light -fitting name.

    I have spent the last 24 hours thinking of the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut, your photo has brought humanity back to me -‘light over dark’ and I thank you. If I could wish for anything, it would be for everyone on this earth, to stand in crisp cold air and stare into this kind of light and see this kind of colour as it has the power to change how we see life.

    December 16, 2012 at 06:38

  84. onceupona

    It’s a wonderful tribute to the loss of light. It’s only upwards from here, right? at least that’s what I have to keep reminding myself… Lovely! -Danette

    December 16, 2012 at 06:38

  85. JM

    A gorgeous Christmas card!

    December 17, 2012 at 19:03


  86. · Just on 21st, the Sun will win the battle.
    · A new year is starting.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    December 18, 2012 at 23:57

  87. what is your bun like? Do you share it?

    December 20, 2012 at 10:45

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