Winter is blue!

It’s official! Thanks to Kelli in Denmark, I’m now sending off this catchy new tourism slogan to the Tourist Board: Welcome to Scandinavia: where the weather is out of focus even when you haven’t been drinking!

After the wet-washing-on-a-line kind of weather, Monday dawned clear and bright. As I picked my way carefully on the icy path at 6.45 am (out walking with the dog), I looked up to see the most wondrous moon setting behind the trees. It was ablaze – a glorious orange ball. I rushed back at break-neck speed to get my camera. (You need to understand that break-neck speed on a path of sheer ice is the equivalent of the speed of a snail…) Oh – the things I do for you, dear readers! Risk neck and limb to take a fabulous photo.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t it! The moon was nearly below the trees by the time I had slid my way back to a suitable shooting point. See that orange ball? That is the moon taunting me as it slides out of view.


But just imagine this: an enormous Chinese Lantern … without the gold lettering… and orange in colour… That’s right! A huge orange hanging in the sky. So big you could see all its dimples … its lunar cellulite, if you like.

And have you noticed how blue the photo is? Just one more bit of proof that winter is so cold it is blue!

I like it.

17 responses

  1. Po

    Ooh we also had a huge orange chines lantern last night. Hmm, are you sure you are in Sweden? You are not blogging out of England are you?

    February 11, 2009 at 13:18

  2. SirPe

    Lesson learned: never go out without your camera!

    February 11, 2009 at 13:26

  3. We had an orange ball of fire for sunrise yesterday morning. Great photo.

    February 11, 2009 at 13:36

  4. Lunar cellulite. I love that idea. Dropped my camera in a stream this afternoon – I was taking Lady Diana ‘what I did on my holidays’ photos…it’s drying out on top of the stove…fingers crossed.

    February 11, 2009 at 15:32

  5. Peter and I visited Stockholm in the winter, and I loved it. Even though it was probably the coldest weather I had ever experienced, it was beautiful!

    February 11, 2009 at 15:36

  6. Jen

    Thanks for risking life and limb. I can just barely see it, but I can imagine it!

    You deserve the bloggers golden, yellow, bright chinese lantern moon in the sky award!!! TA DA. You are here by awarded it!

    But you must make your own badge, sorry. LOL.


    February 11, 2009 at 16:19

  7. You have found a way to celebrate cellulite!! You deserve a Golden Globe (or Orb, if you will). I wish someone would wax rhapsodic about MY cellulite. Probably won’t happen. Beautiful photos. I love sets, even when the main actors aren’t on stage.:)

    February 11, 2009 at 17:34

  8. I’ll take a blue winter over a grey winter any day. Moon photos can be tricky.

    February 11, 2009 at 17:40

  9. I always say…”it´s all about the blog”…risking life and limb for a photo to share with our friends! :o) Mads just knows…. the camera is always with us!!

    And thanks for the credit! :o) Loving the new Scandinavian tourism slogan!

    February 11, 2009 at 18:21

  10. It is blue. And beautiful. Be careful on that ice!

    February 11, 2009 at 19:08

  11. Amy

    Oh I can so relate to this- if I only had a kroner for everytime I have been without camera wishing I had a camera- like this morning when I got to work and there was three giant moose outside my work place!!!

    What lake is this you’ve taken a picture of? I can imagine the moon there, bet it was lovely!!! The moon has been outstanding here the last few nights…just HUGE!!!

    February 11, 2009 at 19:12

  12. sounds lovely! I can never get good pictures of the moon!

    February 11, 2009 at 19:38

  13. You know … I’m so glad I found your blog. Your writing is so delightful … you even make the weather fun to read about. And I love your imagery! Thanks for risking life and limb to capture the moon for us!

    February 12, 2009 at 03:21

  14. Thank you for risking life and limb. That photo is gorgeous. And I see the orange ball so all was not lost. I love this line, “So big you could see all its dimples … its lunar cellulite, if you like.” Now that I can imagine!!!

    February 12, 2009 at 09:30

  15. Maybe it’s because I haven’t got a dog that I’m not familiar with moonsets! Had you forgotten your special shoe spikes?

    February 12, 2009 at 19:15

  16. Thanks for risking life and limb to capture that very blue does look a tad chilly:)

    February 12, 2009 at 20:20

  17. even without snow on the ground…it looks very very cold. Me no Likey!

    February 13, 2009 at 02:33

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