photography

Swan Lake – the frozen version

A while back – before the ice melted on the lake –

Stormy pink clouds attracted my attention.

Swans

 

Among the reflected clouds,

I saw a feathered group of swans,

Enjoying the dawn.

Iced swans

They remained there for a long time,

As if frozen to the ice.

Later on, they were gone

And only their memory – along with the clouds –

Remained.

Iced clouds

For more n-ice shots, please visit: Skywatch.

 


Sunset post

It’s just another post…

(Excuse the pun!)

Post

And a wild purple sunset

Enjoyed by a lone duck

In a storm.

Lone duck

For more wild skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Enjoying the blues

My favourite sky is the intense blue of winter

Crisscrossed with ice contrails.

(This photo was taken last winter.)

Crystals

This year winter has been too mild (in comparison)

And so we’ve had to enjoy the misty blues of winter fog

Shrouding a Viking church.

Whichever way you look at it, it’s all good.

Blue mist

For more blue skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Lavender skies

There is nothing as magnificent

As those big lavender and gold skies –

Big purple and gold sky copy

And the total joy

Of two dogs running through the purple:

Living as if someone left the gate open.

Purple sunset copy

For more royal skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Horsing around

As it’s the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse,

Some wisdom from the horse’s mouth seems appropriate.

I moustache you to embrace the year with open arms;

Moustache on horse

To remember that even if life seems to be going backwards,

We can try to deal with problems with grace.

Backside

Life has its moments of beauty –

Beauty copy

And of tenderness and love.

Mother and son

A big dose of laughter will stop neigh-sayers in their tracks

And make life better –

Laugh

Because it’s all about falling and then having the courage

To saddle up and ride again.

saddles

For more hay-zy wise words, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


The no sky sky

It’s been a mild winter

With skies of silver and grey.

No sky

The outlook from where I’m standing though

Is all good.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.” — Pema Chodron

Ruby attention

For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Pearls of gold

It was the magical ending to a day on the frozen lake:

Pearls of gold

And the deep silence that only snow can bring.

Magical snow copy

For more pearls of wisdom, please visit: Skywatch.


Symphony of black and white and dog

At last – winter has made its grand entrance with several days of blizzards,

Leaving the crooked jetty an abstract canvas.

Jetty

The ladder at the end of the jetty

Now has two handles of ice,

Icy ladder

Each handle transformed

Into a tiny landscape of ice crystals.

Iced copy

The supporting pole

Is encased in an icy boot.

Iced over

And who make those dog prints out there on the lake?

These two friends, of course!

(I call this shot Love in a Cold Climate.)

Love

For more symphonies, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Golden views

All bundled up for a wintry walk.

The sighing of the setting sun

Paints the trees with gold.

Golden copy

A lone skater – on thin ice – whizzes by,

Lone skater

His singing skates echoed

By the honking farewells of the last swans of winter.

Swans

For more golden thoughts, please visit: Skywatch.


Honey glow

In nature, light is the colour

And when the sun bursts through winter gloom

It makes everything glow –

Church

Even the humble frosted bud

Glowing bud copy

And the honeyed tree,

Shining like a star.

Lone tree

For more glowing stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday. 


Festive wood

Christmas Eve is the big day in Sweden – with present opening and feasting.

However, the weather isn’t co-operating this year: no snow, just rain, grey clouds and plus degrees.

Kaffestugan

So to get into that festive mood, I’m pulling out some photos from my favourite town in Norway: Røros.

It’s a very old mining town full of pretty, wooden houses (and snow in April).

Pretty houses

Many of the houses date back to the 1700s or 1800s and are still lived in today.

They are very well taken care of – although that statue looks a little frightened of the icicles hanging above him!

Statue

The tiny huts where the miners lived next to the copper mines

Are now one of the star attractions of the town.

(I know I’ve shown this picture before but it really is one of my favourites.)

Mining huts copy

Wandering through the streets, peeking into secret courtyards,

You might even find Santa’s sleighs…

And with that, I wish you all a wonderfully magical Christmas –

I hope that you give and receive the gifts of love and time.

Sleighs

For more festive stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Grey matters

Sometimes winter wants to rest

– Not in a burst of colours –

But in silken tones of pearl.

Foggy dawn copy

There is a subdued beauty

In the grey –

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And, just as in life, the grey

Contains a promise of light and colour.

“It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.” — Bulwer-Lytton

Foggy dawn 2

For more tones, please visit: Skywatch.


Drops of beauty

In nature – as in photography – even the smallest details

Can be a great subject.

Monochrome copy

Take the simple raindrop

As it adorns late autumn plants,

Droplets copy

Turns leaves

Into tiny cups of water

Cups of water

And see how it frames and enhances

A lilac-petalled beauty.

Passion flower copy

For more drops of beauty, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Visit the beautiful I heart macro too.


Golden thread

If I had needle and golden thread

I’d weave you a glorious tapestry

Golden dawn copy

Of clouds

And colour at dawn.

Dawn 2

For more tapestries, please visit: Skywatch.


Autumn reflections

November is here with its greyer weather,

So indulge me as I soak up the last vivid colours of autumn –

Doubly delicious when reflected.

Reflected copy

I store up these views in my mind

And bring them out when winter seems a bit bleak.

Line of trees copy

Even as the leaves fade and fall

They still manage to create autumn bliss.

Autumn bliss

For more reflections, please visit: Our World.


Autumn comes in pink

Autumn  sometimes

Comes wrapped in misty mornings –

And shades of pink.

Autumn is pink

For more misty dawns, please visit: Skywatch.


Dances with leaves

Last weekend dawned glorious and mild.

Bright tree copy

The autumn leaves lay heaped up and knee-deep…

Who could resist their invitation to dive in and take a leaf bath?

The kids couldn’t…

Autumn kids copy

And neither could I!

My daughter caught me dancing with leaves.

Me

Meanwhile, Oscar enjoyed the autumn sunshine

In a more dignified manner.

Oscar copy

For more autumn (or spring) fun, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Zen dawn

An early sunrise –

Blushing with fog;

Sunrise

The blank canvas of dawn

A perfect backdrop for a lone duck.

Misty duck

Autumn foliage,

Warm-stoned church

Remind us that we are all just

Eternal travellers in time.

Misty church

For more minimalism, please visit: Skywatch.


Hot pink

I reached for a star …

Oscar

But missed –

Clouds-pink

So I’ll just have to make do

With the magnificence

Of the sky instead.

Stunning pink copy

For more sky posts (cloudy or clear), please visit: Skywatch.


Serenade

What better way to serenade

The late September sky of

Purple and gold

Lake

Than with a jump

Of joy –

Oscar-equinox-jump

Followed by a long moment

Enjoying the golden ripples

Of the reflected sun?

Ripples

For more gold, please visit: Skywatch.

And for more amazing creatures, please go to: Camera Critters.


August melody

Come hang with me for a bit on a gorgeous August day…

Let’s go down to the lake – I like to think of it as ‘my backyard’ –

And enjoy the scenery for a while;

Countryside

Let’s drink in the perfect reflections

Of summer’s fluffy clouds.

Reflections

As we walk past people’s gardens,

We might discover a bee-autiful surprise.

Bee-utiful

Then it’s time to dash inside and

Enjoy a summer shower with a butterfly for company.

Butterfly

When it clears up, we can release the butterfly

And our souls

As we sit on a bench to enjoy

A truly magnificent sunset.

Bench

For more guided walks, please visit: Our World.


Downy farewells

Feathered thistles…

Thistles 1

Like the soft stars of late summer

Downy stars

Take flight when autumn comes.

Farewell copy

I find a feather next to the thistles,

A keepsake from the geese

Honking in the distance.

Ready to say farewell and welcome in a new season.

Feather copy

For more downy beauty, please visit: Our World.


Exquisite

I love the light at this time of year.

It turns the ordinary into wonder –

Take the stem of a flower, for example.

Exquisite 3

Early morning flowers

Are turned into works of art

Exquisite copy

And dewy petals

Into perfection.

Exquisite 2 copy

For more exquisite shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.

Also linking up to the lovely I heart macro.


Misty morn

September is a time

Of deliciously foggy mornings

And of sepia dawns

With a splash of colour.

(The photo is straight out of the camera.)

Misty morn copy

For more mist-ical shots, please visit: Skywatch.


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