Two pasts and a present

To celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Dragon, I offer you three photos taken on successive new years.

When I stand on our wobbly jetty and look to the left,

There is a spit of land with trees on it called ‘The Hill of Love’.

In the New Year of 2010, the sunrise bathed the ice on the lake and the trees in blue.

In 2011, the afternoon sun presented

A  glorious landscape of diamond-studded snow (on the iced over lake).

This New Year, the mild sunset surprised us

With lilac and gold

And perfect reflections in a lake still waiting for the big freeze.

May the dragon roast your marshmallows to perfection this year without singeing your eyebrows!

For more lovely skies, please visit: Skywatch.

91 responses

  1. Happy Chinese New Year!:)
    They even had proper stage performance for CNY in Helsinki.
    Such an international city.😉

    January 26, 2012 at 12:12

  2. ooo i am liking the last one…blue is pretty cool too…happy chinese new year…

    January 26, 2012 at 12:52

  3. What a blessing, and three great photos as a bonus.

    I love the “hill of love/” I started to ask if it really was but caught myself, of course it is.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:55

  4. All three images are beautiful, Lady Fi! I love them all much too hard to pick a favorite. Happy Chinese New year to you. Have a great day and Happy Skywatching!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:55

  5. Three for the price of three. Thank you. Truly beautiful!

    January 26, 2012 at 13:00

  6. Beautiful lake shore shown at different weather conditions.;) How stunning it can look and how versatile it is depending on the light – love all those hues of blue and purple.;)

    January 26, 2012 at 13:12

  7. 3 lovely shots! cheers!

    January 26, 2012 at 14:01

  8. An entry with some pictures and some very beautiful colors.
    The text is very good.
    Greetings .-

    January 26, 2012 at 14:05

  9. what a peaceful, beautiful landscape! I looked at it several times to let it sink in deep.

    thank you.

    January 26, 2012 at 14:10

  10. I’m year of the rat!

    January 26, 2012 at 14:14

  11. Jim

    Thanks for the warning! lol I will watch my eyebrows!
    Great shots! Amazing the contrasts in the weather.

    January 26, 2012 at 14:22

  12. I do love this post, ladyfi! In your photos, the Blue Dragon painted the world blue either deep or soft even last year when it was not the year of dragon. And, the Purple Dragon will invite snow soon.

    January 26, 2012 at 15:00

  13. Cool reflections on the year. And I giggled at your thoughts at the end. Dragon-and marshallows!

    January 26, 2012 at 15:04

  14. Ha, cute quote about the dragon!

    Love the photos as usual. The last one is breathtaking!

    January 26, 2012 at 15:10

  15. Happy Chinese New Year to you LadyFi. Interesting the subtle changes…

    January 26, 2012 at 15:19

  16. Bob

    Brilliant skylines.

    January 26, 2012 at 15:38

  17. My goodness, the color & reflections in the last image is absolutely incredible! What a view!!! =)

    January 26, 2012 at 15:38

  18. Each shot has its own beauty. And, this year looks warmer…

    January 26, 2012 at 15:44

  19. Amy

    Mother Nature is quite the artist with her amazing colors and you´ve captured them so wonderfully!

    January 26, 2012 at 15:56

  20. Happy Chinese New Year!!!!!! Gorgeous pictures. I love them all but my favorite today is the last one. Love the colors.

    January 26, 2012 at 16:19

  21. Lovely colors:)

    January 26, 2012 at 16:20

  22. This is a wonderful series of photographs!

    January 26, 2012 at 16:56

  23. TexWisGirl

    those are GORGEOUS! the last one is perfect!

    January 26, 2012 at 17:16

  24. Happy Chinese New Years and your captures for the day are gorgeous indeed!! And thanks for the morning giggle — I love the idea of the dragon roasting my marshmallows and keeping my eyebrows intact!!


    January 26, 2012 at 17:42

  25. My favorite is the last one!

    January 26, 2012 at 17:48

  26. what a contrast this year! all of them are beautiful in their own way!

    January 26, 2012 at 18:21

  27. Beautiful post, I love to compare these two photos from the same place and same perspective but separated in time, precious and delicate colors in both. Exquisite.

    January 26, 2012 at 19:19

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    Also, if you’d like to Submit a Photo, or know people that might want to, be sure to Let them know it will be Starting February First



    January 26, 2012 at 19:20

  29. Gorgeous photos, and very interesting to watch the different lights and colours!!

    January 26, 2012 at 19:22

  30. So very beautiful pictures, they are absolutely incredible!!!:-)

    January 26, 2012 at 19:33

  31. Love your marshmallow blessing, and out of the three photos, I have to say my favourite is the last one… Beautiful reflections!!!

    January 26, 2012 at 19:41

  32. I love the comparisons from three years in a row. You must be extremely organized with your photos, and I’m sure with your documents.

    January 26, 2012 at 19:55

    • LOL – I’m totally disorganized. But it’s easy to do a search for New Year by year!

      January 27, 2012 at 05:47

  33. These are three beautiful — and different — New Year’s scenes. I can’t choose one as my favorite. Your part of the world is gorgeous.

    January 26, 2012 at 20:41

  34. Three gorgeous shots, love them!

    January 26, 2012 at 21:02

  35. What a great idea to feature the different but all gorgeous New Year skies. Happy New Year!

    January 26, 2012 at 21:03

  36. Happy Chinese New Year!

    These pictures are exquisite.

    January 26, 2012 at 21:23

  37. That truly is amazing…El Nino is getting all the blame here for unusual weather…same weather as 15 years ago. Your captures are beauties!

    January 26, 2012 at 22:08

  38. sandy

    I like all three. Did you notice the wind must have been the same each time? Look at the clouds..
    Happy New Year.

    January 26, 2012 at 22:20

  39. Beautiful pictures! Hopefully we will get more sun now…

    January 26, 2012 at 23:20

  40. You know what?
    I cannot pick my favorite.
    They are ALL spectacular, special, & stunning.

    XX WOW.

    January 26, 2012 at 23:32

  41. Wonderful colors and a beautiful Winter landscape. Amazing !

    January 26, 2012 at 23:36

  42. There is something to be said for having late snow! That lilac reflection photo is wondrous! “The Hill of Love” is a great name for it.

    January 26, 2012 at 23:46

  43. I love how different these all are!

    January 27, 2012 at 00:10

  44. Happy year of the water dragon to you and yours. Glorious photos of the enchanted spot you live in. Thank you.

    January 27, 2012 at 00:23

  45. A brilliant trio of images – the last one is awesome.

    January 27, 2012 at 00:25

  46. Same place but such different colors! Lovely!

    January 27, 2012 at 00:26

  47. Al

    They’re all pretty photos, but that last one of the not-yet-frozen lake in that spectacular light is my favorite.

    January 27, 2012 at 01:24

  48. What a great series of photos! I think we’re in for a rosy year!

    January 27, 2012 at 02:20

  49. Great series and loving that last photo!

    January 27, 2012 at 03:23

  50. onceupona

    Happy New Year to you too! Lovely contrasting shots.

    January 27, 2012 at 03:51

    • onceupona

      Eek– forgot to sign in properly, so that comment was from me -Danette!

      January 27, 2012 at 03:52

  51. Wonderful winter shots.

    January 27, 2012 at 04:03

  52. All lovely! Happy New Year!

    January 27, 2012 at 04:59

  53. Lovely pictures and I liked the concept too of presenting the same place through years!

    January 27, 2012 at 05:33

  54. Love the drama of colors in your pics.

    January 27, 2012 at 05:39

  55. YOUR usual high art!

    Warm Aloha from Waikiki
    Comfort Spiral



    January 27, 2012 at 05:40

  56. No waords can ever measure the beauty of your pictures, Lady Fi!

    January 27, 2012 at 05:45

  57. Lovely series of photos. Like this year’s the best though…the lilac and gold and the reflections of the trees are so pretty.

    January 27, 2012 at 06:17

  58. What stunning colors in these beauties. Happy Chinese New Year.

    January 27, 2012 at 06:31

  59. great post for skywatch… magnificent sight! Have a great weekend ahead!!! Hoping you can visit @ my little corner.

    January 27, 2012 at 07:09

  60. Not only beautiful photos you made me laugh out loud. Have a good weekend.

    January 27, 2012 at 08:43

  61. So,the lake of wonders is finally frozen.

    January 27, 2012 at 09:29

  62. Wow! Very breathtaking!!!

    January 27, 2012 at 10:49

  63. Beautiful beginnings! Happy New Year!

    January 27, 2012 at 11:14

  64. Riet

    Beautiful photo’s, love all of them. Happy Chinese New Year

    January 27, 2012 at 11:30

  65. Beautiful skies for a past year, and hopefully a very happy New Year !!

    January 27, 2012 at 11:50

  66. love your skies:)

    January 27, 2012 at 12:04

  67. Three different colors for three different years! WOW! All so beautiful and enchanting!

    January 27, 2012 at 12:41

  68. Happy new year. Perfect reflection bless us.:)

    January 27, 2012 at 14:47

  69. Happy Chinese New Year!
    It’s a great sequence of photos throughout the time! The last one is my favorite.
    Have a wonderful weekend,

    January 27, 2012 at 16:12

  70. OOOh, I am loving your photos. The Hill of Love is one beautiful place.

    January 27, 2012 at 16:44

  71. It always amazes me how different the same place can look at different times of the day or the year. Each one beautiful. I feel like the dragon is unleashing all his heat on Perth at the moment, 42C again tomorrow with no easing up in sight! I think there will be more than eyebrows singeing around Perth!!

    January 27, 2012 at 16:58

  72. Really great shots. I always like taking things in successive seasons or years, such an interesting artistic approach.

    January 27, 2012 at 17:20

  73. imac

    Just Magical visiting here – Your photos are Magical – and now “”May the dragon roast your marshmallows to perfection this year without singeing your eyebrows!””Your sayings are Magical too.

    January 27, 2012 at 17:43

  74. All three are breathtaking, but I think I like the reflections the best..

    January 27, 2012 at 17:51

  75. Lovely shots.

    Regards and best wishes

    January 27, 2012 at 18:10

  76. Nice pictures!
    I wish you a Happy Friday!

    January 27, 2012 at 18:25

  77. I like the idea of taking the same shot in different conditions each year. Gorgeous:)

    January 27, 2012 at 20:59

  78. Looks like the dragon warmed up the air around the lake this year. Beautiful shots with your trademark attention to detail and color.

    January 27, 2012 at 21:37

  79. The colors that you get….amazing

    January 27, 2012 at 22:27

  80. I can see why you return to photograph this lovely spot. I especially like the light, reflections, and colors of the last shot. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend.

    January 28, 2012 at 01:13

  81. Gorgeous tones and light in these images!

    January 28, 2012 at 02:45

  82. Beautiful skies and color tones!

    January 28, 2012 at 05:51

  83. Love the differences ..the last one is exceptionally pretty and warm looking:)

    January 29, 2012 at 08:20

  84. A very interesting series of photos Fi, showing different times of day and seasons. Well done! – Dave

    January 30, 2012 at 10:01

  85. Awesome indeed! That’s interesting and very pleasant checking the difference capture between the shots.

    February 1, 2012 at 17:28

  86. This is wonderful, being able to see all three years. What a difference a year can make!

    February 1, 2012 at 19:03

  87. Wonderful series! Love the contrast between the two first and the last which is absolutely gorgeous!


    February 4, 2012 at 12:10

  88. lindyloumacinitaly

    It is a bitterly cold day here in Italy so I am staying warm and cosy by the fire and catching up on my blog reading. The beautiful images I have caught up with here have brightened my afternoon, especially this interesting set, what a difference a year can make!

    February 5, 2012 at 16:06

  89. outstanding blue!

    February 15, 2012 at 17:34

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