Grey matters

Sometimes winter wants to rest

— Not in a burst of colours —

But in silken tones of pearl.

Foggy dawn copy

There is a subdued beauty

In the grey —

Foggy dawn 3 copy

And, just as in life, the grey

Contains a promise of light and colour.

“It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.” — Bulwer-Lytton

Foggy dawn 2

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98 responses

  1. Bob

    Grey but beautiful.

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    December 12, 2013 at 13:57

  2. I love the pun in the title and the wonderful pictures. My favorite line: But in silken tones of pearl. Nice.

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    December 12, 2013 at 13:58

  3. FABULOUS!

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    December 12, 2013 at 14:08

  4. What beautiful scenes these are.

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    December 12, 2013 at 14:31

  5. To my eyes, the photos are very beautiful!🙂

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    December 12, 2013 at 14:31

  6. The reflections on the water make even a grey day shine with light, and you captured that phenomenon so beautifully!

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    December 12, 2013 at 14:43

  7. I like your wording “silken tones of pearl”. Beautiful photos of subdued colors where I can see more possibilities or promises when there are little choice. The second one looks like an Indian-ink painting.

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    December 12, 2013 at 14:54

  8. Oh your grey is still so much prettier than where I am at the moment..Beautiful capture!!

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    December 12, 2013 at 15:08

  9. Don

    Looks like real Winter grey and very cold.

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    December 12, 2013 at 15:15

  10. Nice luminosity to the shots! There are infinite shades of gray and if that were all we had we would soon discover them no matter how subtle.

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    December 12, 2013 at 15:17

  11. truly beautiful Fiona! truly…!

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    December 12, 2013 at 15:45

  12. Gray, but lovely and peaceful and that is what your wonderful pics have captured, Fiona! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty! Hope you’re enjoying a good week!

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    December 12, 2013 at 16:01

  13. Jim

    Fiona, you have us both sitting here with our mouths ajar….just staring at these photos! Truly inspirational!

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    December 12, 2013 at 16:02

  14. Nice are your sky photos!

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    December 12, 2013 at 16:04

  15. so beautiful … so soft and calming ….

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    December 12, 2013 at 16:14

    • Your photos are always brilliant! I love it.Have a nice weekend.

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      December 12, 2013 at 16:47

  16. These are truly beautiful! They look like watercolor paintings.

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    December 12, 2013 at 16:58

  17. just softly beautiful.

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    December 12, 2013 at 17:01

  18. Hi Fiona, I am one who absolutely loves winter. I love the GRAYS and PEARLS of winter… Gorgeous set of photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    December 12, 2013 at 17:11

  19. I fell for grey in my mid- to late twenties. Before that it was all black or dark blue. I began to see the beauty in grey, too. Love your photos.

    Greetings from London.

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    December 12, 2013 at 17:13

  20. the mist add a sense of peace

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    December 12, 2013 at 17:16

  21. Pat

    Soft and lovely.

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    December 12, 2013 at 17:37

  22. Beautiful & peaceful photos🙂

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    December 12, 2013 at 17:43

  23. Lovely peaceful and mysterious scenes.

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    December 12, 2013 at 18:01

  24. Forest So Green

    Gorgeous!

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    December 12, 2013 at 18:09

  25. Winter’s desolate appearance is beautiful to me, too! Wonderful examples here.🙂

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    December 12, 2013 at 18:11

  26. oo yeah, pearl is a great descriptor…and i def agree there is beauty even in that…esp in your pictures…

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    December 12, 2013 at 18:23

  27. Exquisite and soft gray!

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    December 12, 2013 at 18:38

  28. oh how lovely and tranquil this is…so glad I clicked in from Jen’s place this morning.🙂

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    December 12, 2013 at 18:49

  29. you write as beautifully as you photograph.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

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    December 12, 2013 at 19:04

  30. I don’t think I’ve ever seen gray look so beautiful. Your photos are stunning.

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    December 12, 2013 at 19:29

  31. There is definitely a beauty in the gray. Your photos are stunning!

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    December 12, 2013 at 19:37

  32. What a wonderful dreamlike landscape. I was waiting for the Lady of the Lake to hold aloft Excalibur.

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    December 12, 2013 at 19:40

  33. A soft beauty, and an elegance. Thank you.

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    December 12, 2013 at 19:45

  34. You’ve captured the beautiful essence of grey!

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    December 12, 2013 at 20:56

  35. I love this! Fantastic soft colors! The bridge makes a perfect contrast to the background!

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    December 12, 2013 at 21:26

  36. Ursnyggt!!

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    December 12, 2013 at 21:40

  37. a deep serenity in these moments shared Fi, thank you.

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    December 12, 2013 at 22:20

  38. You have the most remarkable colors! Soft pearl tones … even your gray days are beautiful indeed. PS: I hope Bulwer-Lytton is right in that quote — I feel much younger than my hair!

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    December 12, 2013 at 22:55

  39. Without this grey cloudy day, we wouldn’t know how to cherish beautiful blue sky.

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    December 12, 2013 at 23:02

  40. You do have a lovely way with words. Beautiful pearly skies and captures. Have a happy weekend!

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    December 12, 2013 at 23:10

  41. Exquisite! Pearl is a great color for describing these magical photos.

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    December 12, 2013 at 23:54

  42. Very lovely and sigh-evoking.

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    December 13, 2013 at 00:08

  43. Beautiful!!!

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    December 13, 2013 at 00:21

  44. Magical captures!

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    December 13, 2013 at 01:15

  45. The grey is perfect among I have seen before.

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    December 13, 2013 at 01:30

  46. Hi! Nice captures I feel a Wabisabi sense from your grey photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    December 13, 2013 at 02:33

  47. Al

    Very nice, almost monochrome. And I love the lemon frosting in your earlier post.

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    December 13, 2013 at 03:08

  48. What beautiful thoughts and the pictures, as spectacular as always!

    My Yatra Diary…

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    December 13, 2013 at 04:08

  49. Still look wonderful and peaceful!

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    December 13, 2013 at 05:09

  50. Gorgeous photos! Love all the tones.

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    December 13, 2013 at 05:20

  51. lovely

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    December 13, 2013 at 05:25

  52. Beautiful… the fog adds a little mystery to the photos!

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    December 13, 2013 at 05:29

  53. Truly beautiful shots.

    See you next year.
    May the Holiday season bring you and your family many blessings.

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    December 13, 2013 at 05:40

  54. Shweta

    Stunning silvery grey and beautiful lines to describe it. My favourite lines “And, just as in life, the grey Contains a promise of light and colour” It’s very deep!

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    December 13, 2013 at 08:30

  55. Oh my … what a grey sky …
    I’m not used to see grey skies at your place, but they are beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your weekend.

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    December 13, 2013 at 11:52

  56. Gorgeous – the long view across the lake, uninterrupted by building, allows the subtle beauty of the colours to shine through.

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    December 13, 2013 at 12:14

  57. Grey and beautiful!

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    December 13, 2013 at 12:16

  58. Grey is the new beautiful!🙂

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    December 13, 2013 at 12:43

  59. Wonderful view of the lake.

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    December 13, 2013 at 16:12

  60. Lovely captures.

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    December 13, 2013 at 16:48

  61. Jen

    Simple and beautiful…wonderful captures.

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    December 13, 2013 at 17:26

  62. I can’t say as I blame winter for taking a break from her extravagantly colorful displays. It’s exhausting to be brilliant and dazzling every day!🙂 It took me quite a long time to appreciate how restful grey is. No doubt I could have shortened that considerably had I known about your blog years ago.🙂

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    December 13, 2013 at 18:25

  63. This was so beautiful it took my breath away and with it, my words. So I will just say Thank You for it.

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    December 13, 2013 at 19:05

  64. JM

    Beautifully grey! Great photos.

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    December 13, 2013 at 19:41

  65. These are beautiful photos!

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    December 13, 2013 at 19:47

  66. Those images look “pearlized”! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    December 13, 2013 at 20:39

  67. Such beautiful capture and your grey is so lovely though!

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    December 13, 2013 at 21:25

  68. Anonymous

    Oh I need some sunshine on gray days like that. I have gray hair too…or grey..not light brown not blond bloody gray/grey…so it is not my favorite color. However you captured gray brilliantly!🙂

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    December 14, 2013 at 02:14

  69. Wonderful pictures – even with a limited range of tones it’s still interesting.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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    December 14, 2013 at 03:47

  70. Your talent makes even a grey day look beautiful.

    Jen

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    December 14, 2013 at 03:58

  71. «Louis», too, likes the pun in the title – and he likes that description “silken tones of pearl”. What a poetic line!

    Check his blog again on Monday. He will have another building in the Victorian village of Ferndale for you to see.

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    December 14, 2013 at 05:38

  72. Wonderful photos!!

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    December 14, 2013 at 09:24

  73. Beautiful serie of photos!
    Love it!

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    December 14, 2013 at 09:30

  74. Very subtle and very beautiful.

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    December 14, 2013 at 09:49

  75. Images that give calm!
    Winter is the dream that the earth needs to wake up full of beauty.
    I link to follow you here :))
    good weekend
    a kiss.

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    December 14, 2013 at 09:57

  76. rednomadoz

    Grey is GOOD! Even if it’s not RED … I’ll leave you to decide on my actual hair colour!!!!

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    December 14, 2013 at 11:23

  77. It captures the sense of the scene beautifully!

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    December 14, 2013 at 11:24

  78. You can make even grey look enchanting!

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    December 14, 2013 at 12:18

  79. You show perfect that also grey can be so beautiful! Amazing photos!

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    December 14, 2013 at 12:28

  80. Who says grey is dull? These are beautiful moody shots, Fi.

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    December 14, 2013 at 13:23

  81. Photos of magic. Very beautiful.
    Your photos, as always, is of excellent quality.
    Greetings. ♥ ♥ ♥

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    December 14, 2013 at 18:57

  82. lovely grey.🙂

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    December 14, 2013 at 20:55

  83. Soft, and lonesome- very pretty!

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    December 14, 2013 at 22:10

  84. Gorgeous pearl toned images, and a perfect quote!

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    December 14, 2013 at 23:22

  85. gorgeous🙂

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    December 15, 2013 at 08:04

  86. oh dans la première,on se demande si on va être au plus profond de nous et qu’on a peur de s’y noyer

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    December 15, 2013 at 08:10

  87. Wonderful view and mood, very nice morning mist series

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    December 15, 2013 at 10:02

  88. They’re like beautiful impressionist paintings.

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    December 16, 2013 at 12:50

  89. Love how you weave your words in with the images.

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    December 16, 2013 at 14:11

  90. It’s easy to feel down in the winter, but then when you see winter pictures like that you can’t help but kind of fall in love.

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    December 16, 2013 at 16:03

  91. wie Gemälde..wunderschön

    LG vom katerchen

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    December 17, 2013 at 11:13

  92. I am one of those that have S.A.D.D.and unfortunately can’t see a lot of beauty in a grey dreary sky. But you always make everything so beautiful my friend.

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    December 17, 2013 at 14:52

  93. Pat

    Such pretty scenes! Your photos of them are fantastic. It almost makes me want to there. Almost…

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    December 17, 2013 at 22:00

  94. a nice winter rest ingrey

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    December 19, 2013 at 16:02

  95. I love the description “silken tones of pearl”
    The images are lovely pearls!

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    December 26, 2013 at 18:47

  96. Incredibly beautiful pictures!

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    January 6, 2014 at 11:29

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