Posts tagged “winter

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.


Snow sprinkles

This is a winter’s tail

(Excuse the pun!) 

Winter's tail

A tale of how snow decorates

And transforms.

Collage

How the bare bones of winter

Have their own stark beauty.

Branches

The woods have a deep magic –

Although it helps to have a sweet Rottweiler puppy in the picture too!

Puppy in snow copy

And here, a lone wooden cottage

Seems to be bathing in snow kisses.

Little house copy

There’s more s-now business like snow business over at: Our World Tuesday.


Abstracted

Winter has been so brief this year…

Just like life, the ice crystals

Created art for only a short while.

Icy metal copy

Metal poles on the jetty

Became abstract things of beauty.

Abstract ice

Ice turned trees

Into silver tapestries.

Tapestry

And at the foot of the ladder on the jetty –

A heart of ice

Warmed the day.

Heart

For more n-ice stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


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.


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.


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.


Frosted

The last day of November was gloriously cold:

A frosted universe presented itself –

Frosty flowers that looked like stars floating in the cosmos;

Frosty flowers 1 copy

Small ice crystals in the shape of

Trees on the postbox lock;

Frosted lock

A storm passed through

And left frozen waves in its wake;

frosted waves

A bird hiding out in the icy reeds

Sang a morning song;

bird

And yes, even a rubbish bin

Transformed into something greater than itself

In the frosted sun.

Bin

For more frosted times, please visit: Our World.


Those big April skies

April seems stuck in the beauty of winter.

A couple of weeks ago, we enjoyed

A pink panorama of big skies and fluffy clouds.

PInk and moody

And only a couple of days ago,

The snow cover on the lake was gone

And the cold mist seemed to make

The clouds as silver and soft as silk.

Gently, almost secretly, spring is approaching!

Mid-April panorama

For more panoramas, please visit: Skywatch.


Snow face

No matter who you are

Or what you look like,

Squirrel copy

A bad hair day can be much improved

By adding some extra sparkle and snow!

Snow face

I’m off to Paris with my daughter for a few days, so please excuse me if I don’t visit you.

For more glitter, please visit: Camera Critters.


Snowscape

When the morning light hits the trees

In just the right way;

Snowscape 2

When the blue bowl of the sky

Hangs like a silken canopy over the frozen lake;

Snowscape

And when the sun sets

In soft pastel purples…

Then … yes then!

Winter is a glorious place to be.

Sky and snow

For more amazing skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Snow blossoms

There is something so delightful

About the bright light of spring

And the cold of a lingering winter.

If you look carefully, you can find snow moons

Dancing on the snow.

Snow moons copy

And instead of flowers,

We have snow blossoms

And dazzling light.

snow blossoms

And – just as in real life –

You might be lucky to find

A diamond in the rough.

Diamond in the rough

For more hidden jewels, please visit: Our World.


Expectancy

You never know what might be waiting for you

Over the brow of that hill you’re struggling to climb;

(Can you see Oscar waiting for me?)

Oscar waiting

Or what small delights await

Around the corner.

Wait for me

Please forgive me if I don’t get around to visiting you this weekend.

We’re having problems with the Internet, which makes it incredibly slow and painful to visit blogs at the moment.

In the meantime, pay a visit to: Camera Critters.


Perfect balance

We celebrated the spring equinox

With three days of snow.

But that doesn’t matter –

The equinox is the time when the world is

In perfect balance:

Church

That moment when the light of day

And the dark of night are equal

All around the world.

Bare lace

And now, here in the northern hemisphere,

We go towards lighter times…

Even if we are enjoying the coldest ever winter this spring!

Lacy branches

For more, balanced skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Tropical cold

I love the contrast between the cold of winter

And the humid tropical temperature of visiting the greenhouse of the Botanical Gardens.

First off, you are greeted by a vibrant

Splash of colour as you go in…

Christmas red copy

Wandering around the more temperate parts of the greenhouse

You can see signs on some of the trees:

Happy Winter! I’ll wake up again when it’s spring.

(The same could be said for some of those people who don’t like winter…)

Happy winter

As you walk further back, you enter different regions — much hotter ones.

My camera lens fogged up and as it cleared,

I could just make out some kind of orchid

Swimming towards me like a fish with petals.

Fish flower

I fell in love with the fronds

And patterns of some tropical ferns.

Ferns

Before I left, I spied the delicate

Pink tutu of a flower.

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
– Indian Proverb

PInk tutu copy

For more stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday


The pink dog

You’ve heard of pink elephants, haven’t you?

Let me introduce you to Oscar,

The pink dog!

This was taken during a very pink sunrise early one morning

When my world was … well…

Tickled pink.

Pink dog_S

For more colourful pets, please visit: Camera Critters.


The many shades of cold

Since we’ve had fresh snow and sinking temperatures –

Down to minus 19 C this week –

I am inspired to show you the colours of cold.

Cold fog

Sometimes the cold is a golden fog,

Sometimes an intense orange framed by trees.

Freezing orange fog copy

When the dawn is really cold,

The fingers of the sun paint the treetops

With frosted red.

Cold and orange

My favourite winter colour

Has to be the diamond carpet of snow

Topped off by dazzling blue skies and sun –

It’s moments like these that lift my spirits.

Blue skies and Oscar

For more winter/summer shots, please visit: Skywatch.


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

For more bedazzled posts, please visit: Our World.


There’s snow business like snow business

Life doesn’t get much better than this:

Freezing mornings with glitter and diamonds;

Diamonds and dog

A good long walk in the thick snow

And plenty of play and smiles.

No one snows this better than Oscar.

(OK – I know I’m on thin ice here, so snow more puns!)

Smiling in snow copy

For more happy animals, please visit: Camera Critters.


Dawn’s blush

That first blush of dawn

Is a marvel of pink and purple and cold.

Pink trees

The hidden birdhouse

Enjoys wonderful views from its perch.

Birdhouse

As dawn’s blush fades

The crooked trees stand still -

And like me -

Enjoy the moment.

Crooked trees copy

For more colours, please visit: Skywatch.


Frosted delight

Come and let’s take a walk through my enchanted world.

In the early morning, the freezing temperatures

Create art out of silver beeches

Trees

And the hoar-frosted trees frame

The pyramid of the swings at the end of our street.

Hoar frost swings

Once out on the lake, I walk past

An enchanted red boat house

Hiding among frosted branches.

Hoar frost - red house copy

Zooming out with my lens, I see the boat house

Belongs to this summer cottage

Patiently waiting for warmer days.

As for me, I’m enjoying the last cold days

Of magical hoar frost and ice.

Hoar frost - red house 2

For more delights, please visit: Our World.


Under home skies

I might not live anywhere special –

My little house is in a row

Behind the houses you see on the left.

But we do have a great location

Right by the lake.

Silver trees

And when the sun shines through

Magical frosted trees,

The skies — and all underneath them — suddenly seem so very lovely.

Trees - SOC

I’m so used to living here

That it was only when I walked out onto the iced over lake

And looked back

That I realized how very lucky I really am.

Like most things in life, a new perspective

Can promote appreciation and joy.

Snowy trees by lake

For other perspectives, please visit: Skywatch.


Frosted freedom

For nearly three weeks,

My world has been wrapped

In shades of silver and grey.

Frosted freedom copy

I can never get enough of

One of my favourite winter scenes –

Silver-haired trees

And hoar frost on birdhouse and bridge.

Frosted view copy

The scene has both thrills and beauty

When a sudden snow shower

Sprinkles Oscar, my dog, with diamonds of snow.

Snow shower copy

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


Feeling the joy

Oscar may be over ten years old now,

But he never loses his joy for life –

And teaches me so much

About just living in the moment.

Running in snow copy

The only sign of spring around here

Is the spring in our steps

As we rush out to play in the snow.

Hop

For more Zen, please visit: Camera Critters.


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