Golden lace

About a month ago, the ice was finally thick enough

For the snowplough to come and make an ice skating track around the lake.

This was happy news as I was finally able to walk over the lake

To enjoy the beauty of the setting sun

Winter susnset

As it cast its net of light

And turned branches into golden lace.

Golden lace

I met a woman out with her camera too —

And for a few minutes, we shared a bond

As we enjoyed the simple gift of the sinking sun.

Taking photos

For more golden skies, please visit: Skywatch.

100 responses

  1. Ah! This is just SO pretty Fi …. a balm to my eyes.
    A moment of beauty shared with a fleeting friend.

    February 7, 2013 at 12:55

  2. Sunsets don’t get much better than this.

    February 7, 2013 at 12:57

  3. Catherine Chen

    wow! very beautiful!

    February 7, 2013 at 12:59

  4. You caught the mood brilliantly… super shots… and thanks for sharing that with us…

    February 7, 2013 at 13:13

  5. JM

    Amazing combination of colours!

    February 7, 2013 at 13:39

  6. glorious!

    February 7, 2013 at 13:50

  7. simply beautiful:)

    February 7, 2013 at 13:54

  8. it is funny to me that the plow clears an iceskating path on the lake…i guess you know then it is stable enough….smiles….really a lovely shot of the parting light…and cool to meet people along the way as well…

    February 7, 2013 at 14:23

  9. Walking on the lake, never done that. Must be exciting to find someone like you there. Lovely clicks.

    February 7, 2013 at 14:41

  10. Anonymous

    You have a gift, my Lady. A wonderful gift. Artist of the lens and of the written word. Just wonderful. Your pics here bring me back to my youth when I walked the ice and saw the rare beauty of creation in winter. Thank you so much for sharing! :) Eric

    February 7, 2013 at 15:01

  11. amazing colors!:)

    February 7, 2013 at 15:01

  12. What a beautiful walk this must be.
    That setting sun is gorgeous, and everything looks so peaceful.

    February 7, 2013 at 15:30

  13. That is absolutely gorgeous! Isn’t it fun to be able to walk out on the lake and get a different perspective? Then to also meet a fellow photographer makes it complete.

    February 7, 2013 at 15:33

  14. Jim

    How beautiful!

    February 7, 2013 at 15:35

  15. Wow, an ice skating track on the lake. I would’ve never thought of that. Love your golden lace and new friend.:)

    February 7, 2013 at 16:48

  16. You do indeed have some awesome skies/colors in your world, Fiona, and I’m so glad you share them with us through your incredible captures. Thank you!! Have a beautiful weekend!

    February 7, 2013 at 16:54

  17. daryledelstein

    gorgeous … we’re getting snow – finally – beginning tonite .. wont look as beautiful as your’s tho ..

    February 7, 2013 at 17:05

  18. That first picture just blew me away this morning… Absolutely GORGEOUS. Cannot imagine ice ever been thick enough so that a snowplough could drive over it… That is incredible… WOW!

    February 7, 2013 at 17:08

  19. TexWisGirl

    frozen paradise.

    February 7, 2013 at 17:10

  20. ‘Golden branches’ is a very appropriate description of these trees in front of the setting sun. I’m glad the ice was thick enough for you to walk on the lake and get these gorgeous pictures. I’m also glad I can enjoy them on my computer — I can only imagine how cold it was when you took them.

    February 7, 2013 at 17:41

  21. Your photographs are always such a delight. Magical sequence.

    February 7, 2013 at 17:47

  22. How I love that second photo in particular! So, so beautiful, that frozen scene gilded in gold. Your photos always look so solitary, I imagine you (and Oscar, of course) being the only humans around for miles. What a surprise to me that you not only met another person on that frozen lake at sunset, but that she too was there to capture the beauty with her camera! I wonder if she’s also a blogger – and if her photos will also make an appearance on SkyWatch?:-)

    February 7, 2013 at 17:58

  23. I am in awe of all your winter photos! The light is so gorgeous and I love how the sun casts a purplish tint on the snow and ice. So cool that you met another photographer taking advantage of the sunset:)

    February 7, 2013 at 18:06

  24. Awesome… and warm! It’s a wonderful bestow to walk over a lake:)


    February 7, 2013 at 18:07

  25. Delicious compositions with beautiful colors. Exquisite works of art, I really like the light of these beautiful landscapes.

    February 7, 2013 at 19:22

  26. Don

    Is this the same lake we often see in your photos – the one with the little jetty.

    February 7, 2013 at 19:29

  27. Pat

    Beautiful light and color in a frozen landscape,

    February 7, 2013 at 19:53

  28. How beautiful! I would love to go ice-skating there!

    February 7, 2013 at 19:54

  29. Wow!Fantastic photos!

    February 7, 2013 at 19:54

  30. I would love to encounter some beautiful sunsets like you get….lovely.


    February 7, 2013 at 19:55

  31. Gorgeous colours…..winter skies are amazing….and how lucky are you to get your own ice-skating track:-)

    February 7, 2013 at 19:57

  32. Beautiful beautiful beautiful, the golden skies of heaven. I love these very much.

    February 7, 2013 at 20:11

  33. Gorgeous!!! And I am so glad you had someone to share the moment with!!

    February 7, 2013 at 20:15

  34. Incredibly peaceful! =)

    February 7, 2013 at 20:28

  35. You capture the most illusive beauty in the world! I’m overwhelmed!

    February 7, 2013 at 20:48

  36. Beauty in every photograph! Thanks!:)

    February 7, 2013 at 22:23

  37. It’s a golden light show!

    February 7, 2013 at 22:32

  38. Ahhh. I want to bathe myself in that glorious sunset light.:-) What a beauty. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

    February 7, 2013 at 22:55

  39. I envy your life right now!:-)

    And this blog is increasingly becoming one of my favorites.

    February 7, 2013 at 23:01

  40. Lady Fi, lovely reflection captures on your frozen lake. The sunset sky is beautiful. Lovely images, thanks for sharing. Happy Skywatching!

    February 7, 2013 at 23:23

  41. A golden farewell of a winter’s tale! More heavenly is not possible. Thank you so much, Lady Fi!

    February 7, 2013 at 23:58

  42. That’s great to share bonds soon The sun is amazing

    February 8, 2013 at 00:04

  43. I love this new opening collage. The first shot of the trees really does look like their laced in gold. Then the shot of them draped with snow — wow! And, of course, Oscar with his cute snow-covered nose.

    February 8, 2013 at 00:18

  44. Your photos make snow and ice look so very inviting!
    xo jj

    February 8, 2013 at 00:30

  45. So beautiful! It’s always nice to share with other photographers. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people around town that way.:)

    February 8, 2013 at 00:36

  46. That’s a beautiful landscape! Wow!
    That ice must be pretty thick if a snowplough drove over it.

    February 8, 2013 at 01:05

  47. you make me miss cold winter
    Sending YOU Aloha
    from Honolulu,
    Comfort Spiral
    ~ >

    February 8, 2013 at 01:33

  48. Hi. Nice photo series of the setting Sun. I like the last photo very much.

    February 8, 2013 at 01:46

  49. I’ve never been disappointed when I’ve come to your blog–always, ALWAYS, beautiful and unique photos. These are outstanding!!! Have a terrific weekend. Mickie:)

    February 8, 2013 at 01:52

  50. ummmm, so very beautiful!

    February 8, 2013 at 02:29

  51. If you ever sell your work, let me know. My art friends would love to paint it!

    February 8, 2013 at 03:54

  52. Simply beautiful, I realized that I have never walked over a frozen lake or pond. Hmmm, new bucket list item maybe.

    February 8, 2013 at 04:21

  53. What a beautiful set of pictures!

    February 8, 2013 at 05:23

  54. Love the reflected light.
    Great shots both.

    February 8, 2013 at 05:33

  55. I know it’s cold, but oh my gosh, it’s so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    February 8, 2013 at 06:52

  56. Wow, stunning shots! I really like these.

    February 8, 2013 at 07:29

  57. Amit Agarwal

    Lovely clicks!

    February 8, 2013 at 08:02

  58. Leave It To Davis

    Your pictures are wonderful, and your captions took my breath away….”turned branches into golden lace”…….I wish I could write like that….perfect imagery!!! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    February 8, 2013 at 08:03

  59. WAU – where some great pictures you show. Wish you a good day / good weekend:) Hanne Bente

    February 8, 2013 at 08:16

  60. Glorious Golden Glow

    February 8, 2013 at 09:01

  61. J Cosmo Newbery

    Stunning, as always.

    February 8, 2013 at 09:13

  62. Just gorgeous !

    February 8, 2013 at 09:33

  63. beautiful series and wonderful skywatch photos

    February 8, 2013 at 09:50

  64. Marvelous!!!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 09:59

  65. “Delicious” captures as always, Fi. I can almost feel the cold dampness coming through the soles of my shoes! Happy weekend.

    February 8, 2013 at 10:06

  66. thank you for sharing this beautiful moment you have captured on film

    February 8, 2013 at 10:56

  67. Wonderful play of light patterns in these skies! Stunning time of a wintry day!

    February 8, 2013 at 11:04

  68. gorgeous sunsets as usual.:)

    February 8, 2013 at 12:12

  69. Whoa..these are so gorgeous to see! Love the “golden lace”:-)

    February 8, 2013 at 12:36

  70. It’s amazing to think that it’s possible to walk on a lake! It never gets that cold here…

    February 8, 2013 at 12:48

  71. Stunning!

    February 8, 2013 at 12:50

  72. You truly post the most poetic images of any blog «Louis» visits.

    February 8, 2013 at 13:23

  73. Walking on the ice is something unthinkable to me. Doing it in this wonderful landscape would be a dream.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    February 8, 2013 at 13:32

  74. Wonderful photos as always!

    February 8, 2013 at 14:19

  75. You’ve done it again, LadyFi, this is just wonderful.
    For me, beIng a ‘child of winter’ this is pure magic.
    I love it, thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

    February 8, 2013 at 15:46

  76. A awesome snowy sunset

    February 8, 2013 at 18:13

  77. Oh my, Fiona – you’ve outdone yourself. These sunset shots are exquisite!

    February 8, 2013 at 22:10

  78. Your photos never disappoint. So beautiful!!!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 22:10

  79. Shit pommes frites va vackert!
    What more to say!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 22:36

  80. How glorious! Aaaahhhh!

    February 8, 2013 at 22:47

  81. oh fi just gorgeous!!!!

    February 8, 2013 at 23:10

  82. Your winter landscape is entrancing, Fi. The color in these shots is amazing.

    February 8, 2013 at 23:27

  83. Al

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, there’s nothing like a winter sunset.

    February 9, 2013 at 01:05

  84. Beautiful! You are blessed with long winters and fantastic sunsets in your part of the world.

    February 9, 2013 at 09:14

  85. Nydelig vinterlandskap. Og du har fanget det vakre lyset på en utmerket måte!

    February 9, 2013 at 09:41

  86. Welcome LADY FI!
    Wonderful scenery. Fantastic sunsets.
    Have a nice weekend.

    February 9, 2013 at 14:05

  87. How beautiful!! Amazing colours and light. Your photos are always so breathtaking…

    February 9, 2013 at 14:12

  88. Thanks for bringing some sunshine into my day:-)

    February 9, 2013 at 15:42

  89. So glad you took that walk!! Wonderful atmosphere and coloration in the top two images — the silhouetted branches are striking, and the reflected light on the foreground snow is perfect. Kudos!!

    February 9, 2013 at 17:04

  90. Truly stunning!:)

    February 9, 2013 at 17:19

  91. Heaven in White Ice.

    February 9, 2013 at 17:39

  92. Lovely photos of the sunset Fi. One will adorn my computer screen for a while as wallpaper – Dave

    February 10, 2013 at 09:54

  93. stunning colors and beautiful photos!

    February 10, 2013 at 10:46

  94. wow…great photos! congrats!

    February 10, 2013 at 18:23

  95. stunning! lovely! breathtaking!!:)

    February 10, 2013 at 19:10

  96. What a thrill this had to be and how glorious your images turned out…I love them. Happy week your way~

    February 10, 2013 at 23:03

  97. hello, ladyfi… this is an splendid, breathtaking series. wow!:)

    February 19, 2013 at 17:00

  98. it´s so nice scrolling down your wonderful pics!:)

    March 2, 2013 at 12:28

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