As many of you know, my world is submerged under white snowstorm skies and a warm blanket of snow at this time of year.

The trick to enjoying a long winter is to capture its treasures.

Bedazzling diamonds glinting in the sun,

Winter twins wearing their diamond tiaras

And there – a miracle!

A ruby jewel lighting up my world.

The latest disaster in Japan shows us that life really is a miracle.

(Healing thoughts go out to all affected in the affected areas.)

For more treasures, please visit: My World.

64 responses

  1. The way you captured nature makes it look sugar-coated. Brilliant!


    March 14, 2011 at 17:10

  2. MT

    That does make me feel a bit better.
    Did you listen to me going on and on about tiaras in that radio interview? πŸ˜€


    March 14, 2011 at 17:11

  3. I need some of those kinds of diamonds!


    March 14, 2011 at 17:20

  4. glad you captured those small miracles…the last one especially…just beautiful…


    March 14, 2011 at 17:33

  5. Beautiful. Despite the long season, you sure do find the very best it has to offer. Thanks for sharing that.


    March 14, 2011 at 17:50

  6. Gorgeous – and I’m so glad you found that ruby, kissed by winter’s breath!


    March 14, 2011 at 17:51

  7. The bright sunlight on crisp sparkling snow – not something I get to see where I live!


    March 14, 2011 at 18:19

  8. Affordable diamonds and rubies… yea!!


    March 14, 2011 at 18:50

  9. diamonds are a girl’s best friend …


    March 14, 2011 at 19:44

  10. Dumdad

    Stunning pix.

    Yes, our hearts go out for Japan and the Japanese, of whom I have some friends.


    March 14, 2011 at 20:35

  11. Blu

    Thanks for bringing us daily sparkles, we are so lucky to wake up and enjoy the beauty around us. The pictures of devastation in Japan are so sad. Best wishes Blu.


    March 14, 2011 at 20:48

  12. I always pause and reflect on your photos, Fi. You capture much more than just a scene. Each has a story to tell. I find a great deal of hope in the last one.


    March 14, 2011 at 22:01

  13. YOWZA!! LF..these are amazing!! Especially the last. Did you achieve this with a macro lens or another type? As Gutsy said, they do look sugar coated!


    March 14, 2011 at 22:04

    • Thanks for your kind comment. I used a big aperture on a zoom lens and got up real close to achieve the macro look.


      March 15, 2011 at 05:49

  14. Eye catching sparkles.


    March 14, 2011 at 22:36

  15. YOu get the beautiful frost! We just have snow – no dazzles. 😦 Yours are pretty – esp that last shot!


    March 15, 2011 at 01:30

  16. cherry blossom

    I am speechless



    March 15, 2011 at 01:30

  17. You do have a wonderful way of looking at the world. And I’m holding my breath that things in Japan start getting better. This nuclear stuff is scary.


    March 15, 2011 at 02:43

  18. Beautiful..loved the icy tiara part..yes, my heart goes out to those in Japan. Something I did notice..where are the all the news coverage I have not seen any:(


    March 15, 2011 at 03:25

  19. It’s like your world has been sugar-coated! πŸ™‚

    Beauty heals the heart when there is so much pain in the world. And you do a great deal of healing here- look at all the happiness you have given here with your pictures!


    March 15, 2011 at 04:10

  20. You have a wonderful way of looking at winter. Your photos cause me to enjoy glimpses of snow.

    Thoughts in Progress


    March 15, 2011 at 04:55

  21. Superb as always! Absolutely exquisite captures and even the snow is gorgeous and I surely didn’t think I’d be saying/writing that tonight! Hope you have a beautiful week!



    March 15, 2011 at 05:38

  22. such gorgeous photos. your photos remind me an e.e. cummings poem. beautiful.


    March 15, 2011 at 06:27

  23. I could not agree with you more – to enjoy Scandinavian winter, one has to surrender to its enchantment – by finding magic in the simple and seemingly mundane as upon closer look, it is intricate and precious.
    What is going on on the other side of the globe causes me anguish and despair too…
    Lovely images as always and i share your love for the beauty of nature.


    March 15, 2011 at 06:49

  24. Beautiful shots. Wonderful use of light.


    March 15, 2011 at 08:30

  25. still winter in your country
    beautiful ice cold series

    hsve a nice week, Bram


    March 15, 2011 at 08:35

  26. your photos are gorgeous, excellent. the last one is my favourite. great job friend!


    March 15, 2011 at 09:21

  27. pictorial gems!!


    March 15, 2011 at 10:11

  28. yes. life is a miracle, but so easily destroyed. Nice shots even if I would like some green now.


    March 15, 2011 at 10:14

  29. We dont get too many frosts here (in the mountains yes, but Melbourne, no) and when we do I really like to get some close up images as well. Splendid.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Australia


    March 15, 2011 at 10:22

  30. wow. beautiful macro shots, especially the last one


    March 15, 2011 at 10:39

  31. Excellent photos of the attractive part of winter. It makes for spectacular images.


    March 15, 2011 at 10:42

  32. Once again, beautiful photos Fi. Yes, we feel for the Japanese too. No problems in the Pacific from the tsunami I don’t think. NZ was OK – Dave


    March 15, 2011 at 10:50

  33. De la poesie, on a l’impression que si on les touche, ils vont s’effriter. Superbes macros, j’adore

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    March 15, 2011 at 11:26

  34. Somehow these pictures take on a new beauty with spring just around the corner. Very special pics…thanks


    March 15, 2011 at 12:21

  35. Thank you for these jewels of nature. We have to keep our senses open to receive the beautity of mother earth. That’s exactly what you are doing! Thank you.


    March 15, 2011 at 12:53

  36. this Earth of ours is amazing: here, spring, there, snow. we should treasure it, because of the many beautiful views it offers.


    March 15, 2011 at 13:55

  37. You definitely have the right attitude:-)


    March 15, 2011 at 14:48

  38. more beautiful than diamonds!


    March 15, 2011 at 15:37

  39. I wish I could feel the crunchiness in the pictures.


    March 15, 2011 at 17:02

  40. Enchanting photos showing absolute treasures!


    March 15, 2011 at 17:44

  41. Your macros of the snow are wonderful. You’ve done a great job of capturing the beauty of snow. I really like your last photo.


    March 15, 2011 at 18:55

  42. Warm Aloha & Gratitude from Honolulu!

    Comfort Spiral




    March 15, 2011 at 20:41

  43. I so appreciate your eye for beauty. You live Emerson’s words.


    March 15, 2011 at 22:14

  44. wonderful gems indeed ~


    March 15, 2011 at 22:48

  45. Al

    Great shots! I love the snow, and we haven’t had much of it this year.


    March 16, 2011 at 01:31

  46. If the frost was diamond, then the northern lights would be the magic carpet!


    March 16, 2011 at 01:34

  47. You are rich with the jewels that really matter.

    You are absolutely right in your thought about Japan. I couldn’t figure out what to say; you express it very well and succinctly.


    March 16, 2011 at 02:25

  48. Great pics as usual… They indeed look like diamonds, the second pics is especially amazing!!
    Have a nice day:)

    My Yatra Diary…


    March 16, 2011 at 07:21

  49. lilalia

    Oh the beauty of those images! Yes, we all should take a moment each day to be thankful for the gifts of the day. It must be so hard for those in Japan.


    March 16, 2011 at 07:42

  50. Maggie May

    Theres a beauty in everything and frost is no exception. Pity that it is so cold though, to the touch.
    It does look like sugar frosting.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May


    March 16, 2011 at 15:22

  51. You are right. And your world is very beautiful in its glistening monochromatic splendor.


    March 16, 2011 at 21:37

  52. Frost is so beautiful!


    March 16, 2011 at 23:33

  53. Thanks for showing the beauty of ice crystals so well. Life truly is a miracle, and the disaster in Japan shows how important it is to treasure every moment and every particle of beauty while we have the chance.


    March 16, 2011 at 23:58

  54. the little frosted flower is wonderful!

    thanks for the visit & the welcome… if you have time i’d love to know how you added the ‘share it’ option at the bottom of your posts? is it a plug in?

    and do all who comment on our wp blogs need to always fill out this form with their email etc??

    my email is christineamuse @

    thanks again for the connection πŸ™‚


    March 17, 2011 at 00:08

  55. awesome:)


    March 17, 2011 at 03:18

  56. I love how positive you are. I’d be snarling and snapping at everyone. I need warm sunshine!


    March 17, 2011 at 12:24

  57. I am so grateful to be sharing the planet,
    our gift of life
    with you


    March 17, 2011 at 22:08

  58. what great set of photos…


    March 18, 2011 at 06:14

  59. Dear Fiona, the life is a miracle and I am a blessed woman cause my friends from Sweden wanted to go to Japan, South of Korea and China between february and march and I said to them: NOT…WE CANT GO TO THOSE AREAS…I DREAMD WITH DARK WAVES…
    I came back home yesterday and I am so sad for the Japanese families…and I to thank to my God…
    In 2011 I will exhibit some works. I do not know the gallery yet. Or where it will be but I will present one photo with your name LADY FIONA and more 2 bloggers whose helped me to be who I am.
    I have a big new to u…but that I will say you by email.
    Nice day, Fiona. Never forget How I love u. How UΒ΄re important to me. U, Laura, Bonnie and some of them.
    take care


    March 18, 2011 at 10:23

  60. Ok, I admit…from YOUR perspective, snow is BEAUTIFUL! πŸ™‚ I am just glad I get to enjoy it from afar…. πŸ™‚


    March 19, 2011 at 10:54

  61. So that’s your secret…I was wondering how you could handle such a long winter, but now I understand. You find so many lovely treasures!


    March 20, 2011 at 05:39

  62. Bonjour!
    Superbe photo!!Bravo!
    AmitiΓ©s de France:CLAIRE


    March 25, 2011 at 18:31

  63. Beautiful pictures. I really like all three.


    April 3, 2011 at 16:29

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