Spring Schpring!

People want to know if I’m tired of winter and longing for the spring.

The answer is no.

Snow dazzle copy

Late winter is a fabulous time of dazzling sun;

Of lacy art made out of ice and rainbows:

Art

Of exhilarating days of trees made out of curtains of lace.

Curtain of lace

It’s still minus 14C when we wake up

Making it pleasant to walk on the iced over lake

To enjoy the sight of sunken boats and endless blue skies.

Sunken boat

The secret to happiness is not to long for something you don’t have

But to enjoy fully what you do have.

Oscar rolling in snow

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92 responses

  1. WOW…these are some of the most breathtaking pictures I’ve ever seen on here.

    March 11, 2013 at 15:47

  2. Hello Lady Fi
    Lovely pictures.
    Winter does not want to leave.
    I see that there is someone very lucky and happy with the winter … my beloved dog!
    Regards
    Lucia

    March 11, 2013 at 16:00

  3. I love your inspiring message today LadyFi. Also, it seems like you have beautiful blue skies quite often.

    March 11, 2013 at 16:00

  4. You make winter beautiful in your photos, so, no, I wouldn’t tire of it, either. Beautiful captures =)

    March 11, 2013 at 16:06

  5. Jim

    Oscar knows best! Living in the present with what we have, no need for anything else.

    March 11, 2013 at 16:16

  6. Ah, Oscar does know how to enjoy the day just as you do!! Yes, indeed, living in the present with what we have is the best and there truly is no need for anything else! Gorgeous, snowy captures for the day!!

    March 11, 2013 at 16:31

  7. daryledelstein

    more icy beauty .. i never tire of looking at your photos

    March 11, 2013 at 16:55

  8. I wish I had your outlook on winter! I’m longing for spring and trying to stop myself from wishing winter away.

    March 11, 2013 at 17:09

  9. And winter may be rarer in the future!

    March 11, 2013 at 17:17

  10. TexWisGirl

    oscar’s got the right idea – might as well enjoy it!

    March 11, 2013 at 17:26

  11. mtwaggin

    That third shot is lovely! Glad you are enjoying it…so are we, I’m not in that big of a hurry for spring.

    March 11, 2013 at 17:30

  12. Snow Dog still loves it –even though Mama is yearning for some spring!!!!! ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    March 11, 2013 at 17:46

  13. I love your snow. I love your magnificent photography. But most of all, I love Oscar, the perfect embodiment of joy!

    March 11, 2013 at 17:48

  14. I love graceful bare trees and your photo of them with the “lace” is one of the loveliest I’ve ever seen. And yes, Oscar, in the last picture, perfectly illustrates the theme of this lovely post. Life is good.

    March 11, 2013 at 17:52

  15. True, we should enjoy whatever we have and that applies to seasons too. Lovely shots!

    March 11, 2013 at 18:11

  16. You had me at hello with Oscar…what a doll! I just love him!!! The reason you don’t tire of winter is because you can make anything beautiful!!!

    March 11, 2013 at 18:27

  17. ha…the boat has sunk….smiles…that 3rd pic down is pretty amazing…all the snow covered branches….and hey your friend enjoys it too…smiles.

    March 11, 2013 at 18:37

  18. SHE

    I’m happy with you having it and me enjoying it here on my screen!! :-)

    March 11, 2013 at 18:38

  19. Your photos and descriptions are enough to make me like winter (almost!).

    March 11, 2013 at 18:44

  20. Beautiful as always!!

    March 11, 2013 at 18:50

  21. Yes, great pictures, that delicious snow Oscar loves it! Exquisite light!

    March 11, 2013 at 18:51

  22. Oh that is still cold! But beautiful.

    March 11, 2013 at 18:51

  23. I knew that you would say that, ha ha.

    March 11, 2013 at 20:12

  24. Every season has its beauty and your Winter captures have been exquisite ….. I love your decked in jewels lacy tree Fi ….. Beautiful!

    March 11, 2013 at 20:21

  25. Love it so much Lady Fi!
    The dog loves it to… ;)
    Warm greetings from Holland,
    Anna

    March 11, 2013 at 20:33

  26. Pat

    If winter looked like that here. I’d like it more. Hey, Oscar!

    March 11, 2013 at 20:48


  27. If I were you… mme neither. Your Winter is wonderful. Our Winter is so different… but beautiful too.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    March 11, 2013 at 21:18

  28. Ann

    I’m not a big fan of winter and the cold but you sure did make it look super pretty

    March 11, 2013 at 22:42

  29. Amen to enjoying the present! I needed to read those words. Stunning shots and your pup is adorable! :)

    March 11, 2013 at 23:51

  30. you are blessed! Lot of good choices over the years, eh?

    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ > <3

    March 12, 2013 at 00:08

  31. I love your winter wonderland shots.

    March 12, 2013 at 00:56

  32. Teeheee….love the last picture! :) Pure joy, like you expressed in your writing and other pictures. But I crave the warm.

    March 12, 2013 at 01:06

  33. Hudson Howl

    These photos confirm, what I have been thinking the last few days. Yes spring is here, if not, then it is awful close. Northern hemisphere dwellers don’t require a calendar, nor a news anchor, nor a website to inform us. However, crocuses, daffodils and the like or the return of a particular species of bird is not always fool proof. But the light, the intensity of the hues, the length of shadows, the grain of the snow, the type of pressure cracks from old ice fracturing the course snow crust, the colour of the buds on saplings – all a sure signs that yes it is close. That all said, if one fails to read the signs, then Oscar reaction pretty much confirms it…….perfect images for the seasons, apt sediments, yours eyes have capture what many miss and what many missed.

    March 12, 2013 at 01:11

  34. Words of wisdom, Oscar-style!

    March 12, 2013 at 02:13

  35. Al

    Lovely shots – your dog certainly looks happy!

    March 12, 2013 at 02:16

  36. Beautiful series of images!

    March 12, 2013 at 02:16

  37. Now that is the truth and we would all do well to learn it. Thank you for the reminder, my friend.

    March 12, 2013 at 02:26

  38. Love the bokeh in that first shot. Winter can be beautiful, but I am still ready for spring. :)

    March 12, 2013 at 02:33

  39. I love that you’re okay with winter. We got eight inches of fresh snow last week, so I gotta admit that I’m ready to move on!

    Pearl

    March 12, 2013 at 03:07

  40. I love how you love whatever kind of weather you have. Wish I were more that way.

    March 12, 2013 at 03:34

  41. onceupona

    You really are where you belong! Cheers, Danette

    March 12, 2013 at 03:52

  42. “The secret to happiness is to fully enjoy what you do have.” So, I’m enjoying the cold and crisp air of this week different from last week’s April-like warmth. But if I long for something, it’s the winter wonderland like your photos. I haven’t experienced such amount in Nara. Always fun and relaxing to see Oscar showing his joy with his whole body.

    March 12, 2013 at 04:27

  43. Sunken boats seemed quite amusing …. :-) Excellent photography. I cannot even imagin to wake up at minus 14c .. You are doing a lot of hard work… keep it up.

    March 12, 2013 at 04:50

  44. It looks like Oscar also likes snow as much as you do!

    March 12, 2013 at 06:00

  45. I am so happy to hear that you are appreciating your beautiful, beautiful winter. From here, it is alien and beyond beautiful. At least in spirit I am rolling in the snow with Oscar – in ecstacy. Thank you for another truly beautiful post.

    March 12, 2013 at 06:13

  46. Wonderful winter shots. Lot of fun in the snow.

    March 12, 2013 at 07:09

  47. Love this series and winter wonderland photos. thanks for sharing

    March 12, 2013 at 07:29

  48. wow! lovely images….

    March 12, 2013 at 07:35

  49. your photos are magical as always. :)

    March 12, 2013 at 07:46

  50. Nice pictures you show … ♥ picture of your dog. Wish you a good Tuesday :) Hanne Bente

    March 12, 2013 at 08:18

  51. Beautiful pictures, great views. greetings

    March 12, 2013 at 08:30

  52. That tree is beautifully laced in ice? I love it!

    March 12, 2013 at 08:38

  53. How many beautiful Calendars can you create of all those wonderful photos on your blog?
    Thanks for your comment on my blog. There is still so much to do for us. How can we do that when men don’t see the necessity of it.

    March 12, 2013 at 09:18

  54. Dogs are just the best at loving what they have :-) beautiful photos. I love winter too when the skies are bright and clear, what I’m less fond of are endless grey clouded days…..not good for taking photos….but I agree with what you say :-)

    March 12, 2013 at 09:36

  55. That first picture took my breath away!! Absolutely stunning!

    C x

    March 12, 2013 at 10:10

  56. Helt underbart vackra vinterbilder! Precis så ska vintern se ut och dessa vyer kan jag sakna så här års.

    March 12, 2013 at 10:13

  57. Just beautiful, lady Fi! The first shot is lovely and I love the last shot of Oscar with his ball.

    March 12, 2013 at 10:20

  58. Splendid shots – its just occurred to me that we both left the UK (or at least ended up away from the UK) for the same reason – but one of us bakes while the other freezes! Funny old world!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    March 12, 2013 at 10:30

  59. Hello ladyfi,
    Even though the field is covered with white, how it is colorful and bright in your photos!! Especially the first photo is superb! Knockout!!
    I love your expression “to enjoy fully what you do have”. It sounds like Buddha’s teaching!
    Nara is getting warmer at last.
    keiko

    March 12, 2013 at 11:03

  60. I can’t believe minus 14 Spring almost came here :)

    March 12, 2013 at 11:31

  61. That’s a lovely photo of Oscar enjoying the moment! Do the boats ever get crushed by the ice?

    March 12, 2013 at 11:52

  62. Beautiful! Love the seasons! Late winters, cold nights & warm days here in New York means free flowing sap a plentiful making for an abundance of maple syrup!

    March 12, 2013 at 12:27

  63. I love how dogs like to roll in late-winter snow! Your photo made me smile.

    March 12, 2013 at 13:40

  64. Wonderful message and beautiful photos!

    Have a happy Tuesday. ☺

    March 12, 2013 at 14:03

  65. You’re right the interplay of winter and spring is a real photo opportunity. Great Oscar shot. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    March 12, 2013 at 14:53

  66. Yes, I agree that being content with your current circumstances is the way to be. Excellent winter photography, especially that bokeh in the first one!

    March 12, 2013 at 16:00

  67. Fina vinterbilder. jag är trött på vintern så jag vill ha vååår nu.
    Ha en fin vecka
    Kram Meta

    March 12, 2013 at 16:18

  68. JM

    As always, I enjoy all your shots, but the third image is outstanding!

    March 12, 2013 at 18:43

  69. The pics are fantastic. I would love to be able to identify with the last shot. My canine relative looks so happy rolling in the snow, The sand I roll in is seldom at a temp of less than 85 degrees F- lets see that’s 29.4 C isn’t it?

    March 12, 2013 at 18:57

  70. We had -18 this morning….spring will be waiting.
    Beautiful pics , love it with Oscar

    March 12, 2013 at 22:13

  71. With blue skies like that, it is no wonder you are happy for winter to continue.

    March 12, 2013 at 23:30

  72. I love all the bokeh in that first image!! And I love the first image in the next post, too, with Oscar providing the background for all the ice crystals!!

    March 13, 2013 at 00:06

  73. I totally agree with you! We are still in a winter wonderland and loving it. :) (Though I am a rarity in our parts.. most people are complaining greatly!)

    March 13, 2013 at 03:07

  74. Beautiful photos, especially the one with Oscar. We can learn a lot from our dogs, can’t we?
    K

    March 13, 2013 at 03:22

  75. Just divine…. And, happy happy joy joy!

    March 13, 2013 at 03:43

  76. Oscar loves it!

    March 13, 2013 at 03:56

  77. You make winter look beautiful and it looks like Oscar enjoys the snow! :)

    March 13, 2013 at 04:36

  78. Beautiful pictures, great to see your dog enjoying the weather too.

    March 13, 2013 at 05:37

  79. The bokeh on the first shot is fantastic! Beauty in winter!

    March 13, 2013 at 05:57

  80. Well, not quite spring. A cup of hot herbal tea might be just the fix. The photos are gorgeous.

    March 13, 2013 at 06:24

  81. I have to admit, your pictures are just beautiful ! But I am really fed up of winter and snow ! We had a snowstorm yesterday, the whole traffic broke down it was a never seen mess over whole Belgium !

    March 13, 2013 at 10:19

  82. onmywaytoparadise

    beautiful pictures

    March 13, 2013 at 14:56

  83. As a fan of winter, I couldn’t agree more! I love the quiet, the stillness, the sense of solitude, and the stark beauty of it, which you capture so eloquently in your photos. But I enjoy each season as it comes, and love the diversity.
    That first photo is my absolute favorite, and I love your words of wisdom about happiness (which Oscar gives life to so perfectly!)

    March 13, 2013 at 15:11

  84. jenmuddybootdreams

    You seem to get a lot of sun to go with the drop in temperatures….such beautiful photography. I wonder if the reason we are all complaining is the lack of sun.

    Jen

    March 13, 2013 at 16:21

  85. imac

    Wow, dont like the cold you get but your photos are really worth it

    March 13, 2013 at 21:55

  86. Wow, GORGEOUS shots and the first one is incredible beautiful♡♡♡ Haha, the dogie still loves the coldness like you said you do♬♬♬
    I wish I could take beautiful pictures like you do p;)
    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    March 14, 2013 at 03:56

  87. It would seem that Oscar would agree with you – we have finally had a break in the weather – it’s as cool as it should be at this time of year!

    Stewart M – Melbourne

    March 14, 2013 at 11:34

  88. EVERYBODY should live like good ol’ Oscar. I LOve !! Xx

    March 14, 2013 at 12:51

  89. I know what you mean about the late winter sun, and with our time change, we get one more hour of light in the evening to enjoy it!
    I see someone other than you loves being out there to enjoy the weather! So sweet.

    Happy day to you!

    March 14, 2013 at 16:01

  90. Truly gorgeous!!!

    March 14, 2013 at 19:11

  91. I love the third photo most, as it looked so much like a curtain :-)

    March 15, 2013 at 15:40

  92. Gorgeous! Winter sure is beautiful.

    March 19, 2013 at 02:20

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