The gold at my fingertips

I have a confession to make: I’ve been longing for snow – or at least a hard frost.

This time last year, it was – 18 C with golden sunsets  in the middle of the afternoon.

(Here’s one of my favourite pictures from last winter.)

Lately, it’s been grey and foggy with bare branches glowing pink at dawn.

But, just as I’m about to feel very sorry for myself,

I take another look at this November’s early glowing sunset

And realize that…

… Sometimes it’s easy to miss the colours of the rainbow because you’re too busy looking for the pot of gold.

For more gold, please visit: Skywatch.

106 responses

  1. Delightful photos and post. The camera helps us “see” in a deeper way.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:01

  2. I love this series showing how different the same place can look, nature is amazing.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:49

  3. Stunning! Love how you capture the different colors.

    December 1, 2011 at 13:03

  4. Absolutely stunning, loved the first and last shot.

    December 1, 2011 at 13:29

  5. I need to come up with a new word because beautiful doesn’t seem good enough to describe these shots
    the colors, the silhouettes, the reflections
    all stunning!!

    December 1, 2011 at 13:54

  6. What amazing things you see through your camera’s eye.

    December 1, 2011 at 14:16

  7. I am speechless, these photos are fantastic.
    You will see that the snow will come again this year.

    December 1, 2011 at 14:17

  8. You are so spot on with this L F…mesmerizing views!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 14:22

  9. I’m too busy to look at the sunset. You are so lucky that you can see such beautiful sunset.:)

    December 1, 2011 at 14:32

  10. —Lady Fi,

    Your photos are like Life…..

    …how they transform into different colored rainbows depending on the time of day…


    Where is Oscar?

    December 1, 2011 at 14:57

    • LOL – he’s probably going for a swim!

      December 1, 2011 at 15:15

  11. I do love that first shot, with the mist!!
    And the later post with the single leaf caught in the clothesline!!

    December 1, 2011 at 15:12

  12. Whoa LadyFi, you amaze me with your captures.

    After an October snow storm, we have been white-free since. I hope you get yours before we do ours–I can enjoy your photos and not be shoveling here.

    December 1, 2011 at 15:15

  13. zuzanalilly

    Each image has its own charm and is stunning in its own way.;) Yes, I recall last year we were under a heavy snow blanket that lasted for months, highly unusual, at least for our latitudes.;)) Happy December to you,

    December 1, 2011 at 15:33

  14. indeed!!

    December 1, 2011 at 15:42

  15. Superb captures of such lovely skies with their ever changing colors! I, too, was looking for Oscar! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


    December 1, 2011 at 15:51

  16. The light always seems magical the way you capture it, ladyFi. Hoping snow comes your way:-)

    December 1, 2011 at 16:08

  17. I must admit I wouldn’t mind a bit of snow myself, it’s heating up here way too fast, 36C I believe tomorrow! How amazing
    that Mother Nature can ‘dress’ the same scene in so many beautiful ways, love them all but the last is magic!!

    December 1, 2011 at 16:23

  18. oh my goodness, these stirred the soul this morning! thank you!

    December 1, 2011 at 16:34

  19. So stunning Lady Fi… same place but so different and so beautiful!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Greetings, Anna (Netherlands):-)

    December 1, 2011 at 16:36

  20. Poetry in photography, pure and simple! You have such a lyrical touch!

    December 1, 2011 at 16:53

  21. Just fabulous. We yearn for what is not there, even though what is there is spectacular.

    December 1, 2011 at 17:00

  22. You live around so much beauty!

    December 1, 2011 at 17:24

  23. Al

    There are beautiful colors in these photos. It’s snowing at my house today, the third winter storm warning of the season, and fourth substantial snow!

    December 1, 2011 at 17:28

  24. Beautiful pictures:)

    December 1, 2011 at 17:36

  25. Very beautiful shots. I always enjoy the first frost. We’ve had frost but it isn’t sticking around very long in the morning so I’m not getting good frost shots. The main frozen thing I’m getting are my bird baths and they look more like glass when I dump them off. Same thing with leaves that freeze over when it rains all day and freezes at night. Reminds me more of glass on the leaves than frost.

    December 1, 2011 at 17:42

  26. most def a great picture…and the gold is real in them thare hills…smiles….i want snow too….they say maybe later this week…

    December 1, 2011 at 17:52

  27. We have frost and freezing temperatures, but no snow. Luckily, there are Christmas lights up everywhere to brighten the dark nights.

    Your words are a good reminder to look for beauty everywhere. Your photographs are proof that you are well-versed in doing so!

    December 1, 2011 at 18:19

  28. Such glorious golden tones – wonderful as ever!

    December 1, 2011 at 18:31

  29. Spectacular photos! The first one is just surreal…

    December 1, 2011 at 18:33

  30. so beautiful and calming photos!
    thanks so much for sharing:)

    December 1, 2011 at 19:12

  31. Beautiful photos, delicious pictures, I really like the colors, lights and reflections in the latter. Greetings.

    December 1, 2011 at 19:22

  32. Gorgeous photos! The fall colors and ambiance is enchanting.

    December 1, 2011 at 19:23

  33. I never tire of looking at photos of the land and water near you!

    December 1, 2011 at 19:49

  34. Wonderful golden hue on that last photo! I love that you took the same photo or nearly a year ago..great for comparison:)

    December 1, 2011 at 20:14

  35. You could frame any one of these. I think the top one is one of my favorites too.

    December 1, 2011 at 20:22

  36. Well, aren’t you generous sharin’ your gold like that???

    Magnificent pictures sweetie, I just kept thinkin’…On Golden Pond!

    May God bless your day! :o)

    December 1, 2011 at 20:46

  37. Liz

    These are all so beautiful. Happy sky watching.


    December 1, 2011 at 20:52

  38. Beautiful fall sunsets. You have a tremendous eye for beauty.

    December 1, 2011 at 21:36

  39. I think I know just how you feel. I keep it to myself that I’m wishing for snow, because for the most part I’m alone in that wish! I think there’s nothing more beautiful than winter’s landscapes. your photo is smashing! Happy SWF to you Fiona.

    December 1, 2011 at 21:41

  40. Bob

    Lovely sunsets.

    December 1, 2011 at 21:52

  41. Just like a dream! Beautiful colors of this pictures.

    December 1, 2011 at 21:55

  42. What a wonderful series of photographs this is!
    Beautifully done!

    December 1, 2011 at 22:08

  43. The first shot is my favorite. It reminds me of Avalon.

    December 1, 2011 at 22:24

  44. Another delightful collection LadyFi. Such gorgeous, rich colours – and I agree with your comment about us often missing special treasures that are almost begging to be “tripped over”! Have a great weekend.

    December 1, 2011 at 22:32

  45. incredible shots. i hope to experience some snow too this winter. but i would have to travel to the mountains to do that.

    have a lovely december.

    December 1, 2011 at 22:59

  46. Jim

    I would love to ‘bathe’- in that colour! So hypnotic!

    December 1, 2011 at 23:08

  47. The colourings are so soft and refreshing to the soul!

    December 1, 2011 at 23:15

  48. Fantabulous colors! They’re all so beautifully colored =)

    December 1, 2011 at 23:20

  49. “Sometimes it’s easy to miss the colours of the rainbow because you’re too busy looking for the pot of gold.” A *brilliant* reflection of life in words and pictures!

    December 1, 2011 at 23:25

  50. so wise
    and well shown!

    Namaste & Warm Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral




    December 2, 2011 at 00:07

  51. my goodness… that first shot is so beautiful, almost ethereal

    December 2, 2011 at 01:28

  52. So true! And, so very beautiful.

    December 2, 2011 at 02:43

  53. These are gorgeous. Your sentiment hits home! So like that here. We have had strange warmth after our weird snowfall, and now November returns in time to be December! Bring on the white stuff, Mother Nature!

    December 2, 2011 at 02:53

  54. Your lake and hte photos of it are achingly beautiful, Fi.

    December 2, 2011 at 02:55

  55. Beautiful views of early evening golden sky.

    December 2, 2011 at 03:24

  56. The glory of morning and sunsetcould not have been captured better, Lady Fi! Pots of gold these pictures are!!

    December 2, 2011 at 03:44

  57. Oh my…..again!!!!! You are producing spectacular Landscapes…..just SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 04:09

  58. such beautiful words and images … and that pot of gold is right there in front of us!

    December 2, 2011 at 04:10

  59. Amazing capture of light ….. Joyce M

    December 2, 2011 at 05:38

  60. That last picture is absolutely gorgeous, but all are beautiful. You’ve given us words of wisdom to go along with your great photographs.

    December 2, 2011 at 05:39

  61. Beautiful scenery in any season!

    December 2, 2011 at 05:40

  62. Beautiful shots.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

    December 2, 2011 at 06:19

  63. amazing photography…The golden sky is a fav of mine too…but never managed to capture something as delightful as you have done here.

    December 2, 2011 at 08:01

  64. Great memories of yesterday’s and today’s for tomorrow.

    December 2, 2011 at 08:06

  65. Just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us.

    December 2, 2011 at 08:32

  66. Interesting Fi. Maybe you might get a short sharp winter? A good quote about the rainbow – Dave

    December 2, 2011 at 08:46

  67. Hi there – people call me crazy, but I miss the cold living here – walking with a hard frost is a real delight, especially if you have a warm coat and the prospect of a coffee!

    Very nice pictures.


    December 2, 2011 at 09:40

  68. This is so great! I love it!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:18

  69. Such an amazing series and wonderful transformation!!:)

    December 2, 2011 at 10:19

  70. Lovely words and your photos are just gorgeous. What a lovely sunset. I do not miss the snow, I would be happy if I never see snow. Great photos, happy skywatching!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:22

  71. Beautiful! The last picture particularly seems to be out of this world!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:40

  72. What superbly beautiful shots. Sometimes longing for something else, we fail to see even greater beauty around us.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:51

  73. Beautiful golden sunset,i am also waiting to see snow in your photos.

    December 2, 2011 at 13:34

  74. The gold is so warm and inviting, despite the cooler weather. I often wonder where the people are? Lucky you to have nature and serenity so close by.

    December 2, 2011 at 14:14

  75. really really stunning!

    December 2, 2011 at 14:47

  76. You really bring it to life!

    December 2, 2011 at 14:57

  77. I know I sound like a broken record, but another OUTSTANDING set of photos! You have a spectacular eye for this. I’m so delighted to visit this blog – it sets me in a good mood every time I gaze at those inspiring photos. Thank you for sharing your work!

    December 2, 2011 at 14:58

  78. With or without snow, you’ve captured some wonderful photos of some truly stunning skies and scenery! It’s wonderful that you see the beauty of all the different seasons and landscapes through the lens of your camera, and that you share them with us through your pictures and words. Thank you! (And I wish you a beautiful snowfall soon!):-)

    December 2, 2011 at 15:06

  79. What a wisdom LadyFi.
    The sky, the trees, the landscape … they all have their own charmes in each season, I think.
    I love all your moody sky shots.

    December 2, 2011 at 15:57

  80. Oh Wow – that top picture is just artwork

    December 2, 2011 at 16:53

  81. Not sure about the whole “longing for snow” idea, but I do love the pics:-)

    December 2, 2011 at 17:45

  82. strange, I was sureI had commented on this post before. My favorite is the middle one:)

    December 2, 2011 at 20:58

  83. Better than a “pot of gold”!!!! Beautiful sunset and reflections–what riches we have all around us -and they’re FREE! Have a lovely weekend. Mickie:)

    December 3, 2011 at 03:03

  84. What luscious images! Wow!

    December 3, 2011 at 03:15

  85. Beautiful shots.

    My sky shots, come and see. Have a beautiful weekend!

    December 3, 2011 at 05:23

  86. Your photos are amazing, Fiona! Have a great weekend! Jesh from FB

    December 3, 2011 at 05:53

  87. All these photos are so wondrous and beautiful, ladyfi. No matter how misty, blurred, or unexpectedly colored, the moment stays gold in our hearts if only realized its real beauty.

    December 3, 2011 at 06:37

  88. You live in paradise.
    xo jj

    December 3, 2011 at 06:40

  89. Simply beautifully captured shots…lovely dreamy colors!

    December 3, 2011 at 10:56

  90. Great photographs. I hope that you get your snow. You can have our snow also!

    December 3, 2011 at 13:32

  91. I always find this kind of views to the same place so fascinating. the subtle changes in colours and seasons. The wintery one was definitely the ooh aah flashy in a silent way image but the others had almost as much to give too. Loved it.

    December 3, 2011 at 13:57

  92. JM

    The colours are incredible! To witness all this makes you a very lucky lady!:-)

    December 3, 2011 at 15:57

  93. Absolutely gorgeous. You have the most beautiful scenes at your talented fingertips. Though I sure wouldn’t mind 18C right now.

    December 3, 2011 at 16:50

  94. you are quite right ! we sometimes are blind for the beauty around us.. wouldn´t mind hard frost either.. can´t stand the rain !

    love your photos here !

    have a nice evening or maybe it´s morning for you : )

    December 4, 2011 at 15:43

  95. WoW stunning series and photos, wonderful colors and mood, I like it

    December 4, 2011 at 16:16

  96. We will remind you of this post at the end of March when you say that you are ready for the snow to DISAPPEAR!:-)

    December 4, 2011 at 16:29

  97. So beautiful, the golden light, and reflections on the water. And a very good thought, well spoken.

    December 4, 2011 at 21:24

  98. Such pretty landscape and each shot has a different colored sky. Really looks like winter there! Thanks for stopping by at my SWF.

    December 5, 2011 at 06:52

  99. · You don’t need to seek for the pot of gold. You have it in your photos. You are very lucky.
    The first one is superb

    · hugs

    CR & LMA

    December 5, 2011 at 11:55

  100. Wouldn’t have guessed it was that cold by your photographs. Love the softness.:)

    December 5, 2011 at 12:57

  101. Have a magical Monday!

    December 5, 2011 at 13:43

  102. Do you live in a magical place? Everything is so gray and colorless here. It’s difficult to get a photo that doesn’t look like it was taken black and white, rather than color. So I stop by here and take it all in and leave refreshed again… Thank you for the magic!

    December 6, 2011 at 04:25

  103. All three photos are outstanding, each one is so beautefull. It’s good to have a deep look into nature.

    December 6, 2011 at 20:29

  104. A J

    Beautiful Shots!!

    December 7, 2011 at 07:13

  105. coming from youing countries, I am amazed at old buildings.

    December 10, 2011 at 08:19

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