Winter gold

The snow and ice have melted away. The sun is shining

And magical light is flooding our senses.

But – before it’s too late – I want to show you the gold of winter;

The gold that goes unnoticed in autumn’s burnished blaze

And spring’s happy song.

Now, with the sun warming my face,

It’s easy to look back and enjoy the perfection of winter gold.

“I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.” — Rimbaud

For more golden skies, please visit: Skywatch!

75 responses

  1. Such beauty…how I have missed the beauty of your captures and your words…our ice and snow has melted too but the sun hasn’t shined a whole lot nor has it been real warm…even though it didn’t stay for long it snowed here again yesterday. We are waiting for spring to come…in the meantime I will enjoy the spring that others are enjoying.:)

    April 28, 2011 at 15:17

  2. You obviously live in the perfect place for you spirit. I am not ready to reflect on the snow (though it’s perfection is lovely)- I am anxious for the warmth of summer and the lazy days of summer! But your pictures are always beautiful.

    April 28, 2011 at 15:45

  3. I so agree that it is only now when we know that spring is here, we can take the time to reflect on the winter. I love the colours of winter in Sweden – there is a really special quality to the light and you have captured it so well – along with the dreamlike landscape of seamists. Pure gold.

    April 28, 2011 at 16:12

  4. lilalia

    So true, though I have still not got enough of the young greens and bright yellows.

    April 28, 2011 at 16:25

  5. Such beautiful pictures celebrating the joy of all four seasons.

    April 28, 2011 at 16:37

  6. Jen

    It’s good that you have learned to appreciate the beauty around you. And I love that we can see it through your lens.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    April 28, 2011 at 18:04

  7. You almost make me wish I had winters like yours. Almost, but not quite. I am grateful for your beautiful photos, though!

    April 28, 2011 at 18:18

  8. wow i love that second pic the light on the fog…awesome…you got some beautiful views…

    April 28, 2011 at 18:19

  9. The misery of cold feet, itchy layers of clothing, hair frozen to icicles and shoveling the beautiful white stuff for the ba-zillionth time from the walk is still too fresh for me to get too excited about your absolutely beautiful photos.

    April 28, 2011 at 18:19

  10. Gorgeous.

    April 28, 2011 at 20:11

  11. Your last photo with the wooden dock, reminded me of a frozen tropical boat dock, if that’s at all possible.

    April 28, 2011 at 20:51

  12. What amazing light!

    April 28, 2011 at 21:26

  13. So beautiful and now becoming a distant memory. The silence of winter gives way to the cacophony of spring.

    April 28, 2011 at 21:33

  14. happy spring to you Ladyfi, and thanks for the look back at that glorious beauty.

    April 28, 2011 at 23:22

  15. Absolutely lovely!
    I was just thinking this similar thought- and was wondering if I was going a bit crazy! Me- who has been lamenting winter and it’s blasts, now looking back and reminiscing it’s beauty.
    Then again- that sun and warmth sure feels a heck of a lot nicer!:)
    Just beautiful.

    April 28, 2011 at 23:39

  16. Maggie May

    Its truly lovely! Beautiful photos.
    It lifts the spirit to see the sun & feel its warmth on your face,doesn’t it?
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

    April 29, 2011 at 00:07

  17. You played so beautifully with the colours of winter.

    April 29, 2011 at 01:53

  18. Amazing landscape shots! Straight out of Nat Geo magazine:)

    April 29, 2011 at 01:59

  19. That last photo is pure winter made me shiver:(

    April 29, 2011 at 02:58

  20. These colors are absolutely gorgeous. You’ve definitely shown that winter gold is beautiful.

    April 29, 2011 at 03:13

  21. you never ever cease to amaze.
    I wait with such anticipation every time I click..

    April 29, 2011 at 04:03

  22. Superb as always and it’s always exciting to see what wonders you have to share with us each week! Thank you for the beauty, the wisdom and the joy that you share! Have a beautiful weekend!


    April 29, 2011 at 05:34

  23. Wow. Gorgeous photos!

    April 29, 2011 at 05:48

  24. cloudia

    Aye. Beauty!

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral




    April 29, 2011 at 06:10

  25. Oh – what MAGNIFICENT pictures!!! You are a brilliant photographer – and you’ve capture that light beautifully.

    Thanks for coming over to visit Honey’s blog! HOpe we can be regular blog friends now! I have to confess, I’m not really into FB at all and hardly ever log on there!😉

    Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

    April 29, 2011 at 06:23

  26. That last photo is just gorgeous. Winter is beautiful through your eyes!

    April 29, 2011 at 06:24

  27. It doesn’t matter what season it is. You make them ALL beauty!

    April 29, 2011 at 06:28

  28. These are beautiful shots.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

    April 29, 2011 at 07:30

  29. Beautiful capture. Happy SWF!

    My Sky.

    April 29, 2011 at 08:06

  30. A stunning array of magical photos.

    April 29, 2011 at 08:31

  31. Fiona, I think so that you catch these shots with a very good perspective because you have a sensitive soul. Impossible to meet you and to look into your eyes and don´t feel in peace.
    I can´t say how I like your shots cause you know very well. Sometimes, I want to visit you more and more but I was living between Västerås and Uppsala, while I was searching for a flat and attempting to receive from UU a special document to HEIMSTADEN.
    Have a nice weekend, Fiona!

    April 29, 2011 at 08:49

  32. Men så fantastiskt vackra bilder! Den första var såå otroligt fin!:)

    April 29, 2011 at 09:36

  33. The blue bridge in the foreground is stunning! I saw you FB badge. Look me up when convenient -I go there by Jesh St Germain

    April 29, 2011 at 09:55

  34. Thank you for reminding me of the elegance and beauty of a sadly underrated season. Though those photos look more spectacular than winter in most of Oz.

    April 29, 2011 at 12:40

  35. Beauty, absolute beauty, is sometimes more easily appreciated when one is warm!

    April 29, 2011 at 12:52

  36. Clive


    April 29, 2011 at 13:54

  37. Superb set of images! Wonderful color, composition and mood — brava!

    April 29, 2011 at 14:28

  38. your photos are stunningly beautiful.

    April 29, 2011 at 14:56

  39. Such great photos, they are all so beautiful.

    April 29, 2011 at 15:16

  40. Love the foggy pictures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    April 29, 2011 at 15:38

  41. Beautiful photos. Thanks for this delightful post.

    All the best, Boonie

    April 29, 2011 at 16:02

  42. soothingly gorgeous!

    April 29, 2011 at 16:08

  43. Riet

    So beautiful. I love those golden skies. Have a good weekend

    April 29, 2011 at 16:19

  44. Lovely scenic sky shots.

    April 29, 2011 at 16:20

  45. Gorgeous – one could almost dance on the mist…

    April 29, 2011 at 16:27

  46. Al

    Lovely shots. That second one is magical.

    April 29, 2011 at 18:11

  47. Such lovely scenes. Looks like a wonderful place to be.

    April 29, 2011 at 18:27

  48. Pretty and I’m sure those photos will remain forever in your heart and welcomes spring with all hearts and full of laughter and fun too…marvelous!

    April 29, 2011 at 18:53

  49. I’m amazed! Very lovely and peaceful…
    Thanks for dropping by:)

    April 29, 2011 at 19:24

  50. JM

    I can’t decide which one I prefer, all are gorgeous!

    April 29, 2011 at 19:44

  51. Lovely colors and scenery!

    April 29, 2011 at 20:17

  52. This is fantastic. Very magical! Love it!

    Sky Watch

    April 29, 2011 at 20:20

  53. sm

    beautiful shot

    April 29, 2011 at 21:48

  54. Beautiful with exquisite colors, I love the backlight of the first.

    April 29, 2011 at 23:34

  55. “I have stretched ropes from steeple to steeple; garlands from window to window; golden chains from star to star, and I dance.”
    ~~Gorgeous…Just like your photos….

    April 30, 2011 at 00:12

  56. Beautiful photos, the colours the light, all so artfully blended

    April 30, 2011 at 00:45

  57. Sweden is so magical this time of the year!!
    Can’t believe there’s still so much snow in April….

    April 30, 2011 at 01:59

    • Er… we don’t have any snow now! These photos were taken mid-winter…

      April 30, 2011 at 05:55

  58. The world is just a beautiful place in any season–they all have their special beauty. All of your shots are lovely. Mickie:)

    April 30, 2011 at 03:06

  59. Happy, happy spring! Beautiful photos.

    April 30, 2011 at 03:43

  60. Stunning as usual LadyFi!!! I saw the thumbnail on the Skywatch shot, said Ohhhh…then saw it was you and thought…”it figures!”

    April 30, 2011 at 08:34

  61. WoW very nice photos, stunning colors and mood
    have a good weekend.

    April 30, 2011 at 09:46

  62. Yes, Winter can be so beautiful!

    April 30, 2011 at 10:20

  63. What a beautiful and peacful view!

    Stunning captures, as usual!:)

    Happy weekend!

    April 30, 2011 at 14:40

  64. Oops! I meant to say “peaceful”

    April 30, 2011 at 14:41

  65. Even though it is beautiful, isn’t it great that those days are in the PAST!!!! With summer straight ahead?

    April 30, 2011 at 14:44

  66. One sweet reminder of Mother Nature’s coldest season…that’s just perfectly Ok…I love all seasons and enjoy Sophie’s view on them! Cheers Lady Fi!

    April 30, 2011 at 16:05

  67. Wow I just love these. The last one is my favorite.

    April 30, 2011 at 16:35

  68. absolutely love the last one!

    April 30, 2011 at 17:17

  69. I love that last photo!

    May 1, 2011 at 16:01

  70. These are so pretty and my favorite is the bottom one, what beauty to behold!

    May 1, 2011 at 21:22

  71. Lg

    Mycket vackra bilder och skickligt fångat ljus!

    May 1, 2011 at 23:04

  72. Incredibly beautiful photos. Magical.

    May 4, 2011 at 03:42

  73. I think you are the golden glow on the other side of the camera…such a gifted artist!

    May 5, 2011 at 04:29

  74. what a splendid shot…the last one.

    May 6, 2011 at 06:11

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