Winter has been so brief this year…

Just like life, the ice crystals

Created art for only a short while.

Icy metal copy

Metal poles on the jetty

Became abstract things of beauty.

Abstract ice

Ice turned trees

Into silver tapestries.


And at the foot of the ladder on the jetty —

A heart of ice

Warmed the day.


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102 responses

  1. All of them are beautiful. The last one a little more than others.

    February 10, 2014 at 15:25

  2. no winter here, only rain and wind, no frost or snow
    beautiful winter series and photos

    February 10, 2014 at 15:29

  3. Don

    Your images are so good Fiona. The ice around the pipe is just beautiful and those trees are absolutely magnificent.

    February 10, 2014 at 15:45

  4. Hudson Howl

    Here, winter has felt, looked, tasted and stung very much like winters of old or from childhood. Probably the closest I’ve seen in over 15 years. I hope it is a trend, though I fear it is a blip. I guess we’re the one who see’s the changes and notices the affects on this and that, then pines for the past -that is a luxury us not always for the natural elements -they just have to roll with.

    Good shtufffs for the eyes to feast upon, thank you.

    February 10, 2014 at 15:50

  5. lindyloumac

    I think winter might still arrive, it would be good to have cold and dry here in the UK . I am sure you know we are suffering due to excessive rain!

    February 10, 2014 at 15:52

  6. bobbushell


    February 10, 2014 at 16:00

  7. Everything in the post is beautiful but I like the silver tapestries best which made me imagine Snow Queen was draped in it.


    February 10, 2014 at 16:08

  8. Just a reminder: “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” Percy Bysshe Shelley in “Ode to the West Wind.” Lovely as always, Fiona.

    February 10, 2014 at 16:09

  9. These are all so gorgeous!

    February 10, 2014 at 16:19

  10. Så vackert och kul att du hann fånga detta:) Här har varit mycket få så frostiga dagar.

    February 10, 2014 at 16:19

  11. nice hoar frost

    February 10, 2014 at 16:43

  12. Pat

    Truly lovely.

    February 10, 2014 at 17:02

  13. Silver tapestries. Just right.:-)

    February 10, 2014 at 17:02

  14. Abstracts are such fun, aren’t they? My favourite image is the one of the birch trees woven in silver tapestries!

    February 10, 2014 at 17:08

  15. The frosty leaves make such beautiful patterns, don’t they!

    February 10, 2014 at 17:10

  16. Love that work!

    February 10, 2014 at 17:11

  17. beautiful! although we’ve not gotten much snow or ice here in NE Texas, our winter has been long and colder than typical. i’m ready for spring!

    February 10, 2014 at 17:11

  18. Magical winter shots. I love the Nelson Mandela quote.

    February 10, 2014 at 17:25

  19. I’ve felt that winter has gone on forever here in Tennessee, but then we haven’t had much of the beauty that you’ve shown here. The pole and trees are gorgeous.

    February 10, 2014 at 17:25

  20. Gorgeous photos! In northern California, we’ve been in a serious drought. No rain this year at all until last Saturday! It rained all weekend and I was so glad to see it! Of course, we need a lot more but at least it’s a beginning!

    February 10, 2014 at 17:31

  21. More ice…less snow???

    February 10, 2014 at 17:51

  22. I love hoarfrost, ethereal, ephemeral, always beautiful. I am in love with your photo of the weeping birch – a balance of strong and delicate, kissed by the sun.

    February 10, 2014 at 17:53

  23. Hello Lady Fi!
    Beautiful winter in your photos.
    Greetings from far away Polish.

    February 10, 2014 at 18:11

  24. Exquisite captures, Fiona!! So much beauty! And it’s always there whatever the season if we take the time to look!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great new week!

    February 10, 2014 at 18:28

  25. I’m not sure I can agree with winter being brief, but those pictures are beautiful.

    February 10, 2014 at 18:42

  26. Pretty icy photos! We’ve had an extended winter here, so sounds like the opposite of what you’ve had!

    February 10, 2014 at 19:30

  27. Lovely ice shots Fi, I love it when it freezes in crystals like this….the trees look so beautiful as though the snow queen breathed on them:-)

    February 10, 2014 at 19:38

  28. You make ice so beautiful!

    February 10, 2014 at 20:50

  29. Stunning, Fi. The only ice we have here is in my vodka tonic… are you sure that we live in the same country?:-)

    February 10, 2014 at 21:07

    • These pictures are from January – when we had a brief two-week spell of ice and snow!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      February 11, 2014 at 05:38

  30. wow…those metal poles are amazing…i love the art of the frost….
    and those trees are like an intircate painting….

    February 10, 2014 at 21:15

  31. you have an artistic eye.


    February 10, 2014 at 21:24

  32. Gorgeous shots!!!

    February 10, 2014 at 21:29

  33. You at least had winter. We’re still waiting for ours. Lovely shots. That first one is so intriguing!:-)

    Greetings from London.

    February 10, 2014 at 22:08

  34. I guess you are lucky your winter is brief. But I don’t mind that mine is long. Beautiful photos of brief moments in time. :)

    February 10, 2014 at 22:25

  35. How very, very beautiful. Our summer has been long, hot and hard. I am longing for winter.

    February 10, 2014 at 23:06

  36. Now that looks cold to me….MM❄️

    February 10, 2014 at 23:38

  37. Beautiful frosty images. The heart of ice is just lovely! Have a happy week!

    February 11, 2014 at 00:03

  38. Lady Fi,
    the thing I love most about you is your ability to observe the beauty in ALL things. xx

    February 11, 2014 at 00:47

  39. Wow, that last image is super cool!

    February 11, 2014 at 01:38

  40. Amazing and beautiful pictures! Winter can be so pretty and delicate.

    February 11, 2014 at 02:11

  41. Beautiful abstractions!

    February 11, 2014 at 03:12

  42. Beautiful! As you know I am not inclined to like bitter cold but your pictures are always lovely!! Cheers!

    February 11, 2014 at 03:20

  43. Gorgeous photos! Winter here has seemed pretty long. I’m ready for spring.

    February 11, 2014 at 03:56

  44. Lovely frosty shots!:)

    February 11, 2014 at 05:36

  45. denise

    Your photos are always amazing!

    February 11, 2014 at 06:08

  46. Beautiful details of ice – I especially like the one with the trees all covered.

    February 11, 2014 at 06:41

  47. Hi! Nice captures. “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? ” I like your silver tapestry photo very much. Wishing you a wonderful week.

    February 11, 2014 at 07:10

  48. Beautiful photos Fi, the first one especially so. I love the silver trees too. Our winter has been so mild that I’ve not yet unpacked my hats and scarves.

    February 11, 2014 at 07:19

  49. miyahde

    Dearest LadyFi;
    Wow; GORGEOUS pictures of winter☆☆☆ We had only a couple of snow fall days; but still cold p;)
    Wishing you a lovely week ahead. Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    February 11, 2014 at 08:08

  50. Marita Ferreira

    I really enjoy your regular and beautiful photos. I am in love with a dog that I have never met and whilst sweating during our hot and lovely summer, I long to experience the Swedish winter and your lake! More so, I really enjoy your descriptive and brilliant text that accompanies it.
    Big hug,

    February 11, 2014 at 08:18

    • Awww -thanks Marita for your kind words. Hugs to you too, SAmor!

      February 11, 2014 at 08:32

  51. Beautiful photos, Fi. I should try taking some winter pictures. We have snow now, and I’m sure there will be more before the season is over.
    All the best,

    February 11, 2014 at 08:43

  52. Delightful frosty shots.

    February 11, 2014 at 10:26

  53. We haven’t had any winter days, but I prefer this wet Dutch climate to the heat of an Australian summer.! My next trip to Australia will be in June, July or August.
    Thanks for your poetical post!
    Wil, ABCW Team.

    February 11, 2014 at 12:23

  54. Excellent perspectives

    February 11, 2014 at 13:24

  55. These captures are Lovely!!

    February 11, 2014 at 14:01

  56. The shots make winter look so magical ….

    February 11, 2014 at 14:25

  57. Simply magical!

    February 11, 2014 at 14:43

  58. Very creative ice abstracts ~ lovely for OWT ~ thanks

    carol and artmusedog

    February 11, 2014 at 14:50

  59. Oh my gosh those ice-covered branches are absolutely amazing!!!

    February 11, 2014 at 14:54

  60. I think I see a heart in the last image here! :-)
    This is a beautiful series.
    Happy day to you!

    February 11, 2014 at 15:02

  61. Nice pictures , I love these beautiful abstractions with ice and snow !

    February 11, 2014 at 15:35

  62. You are so much more brave than I am, this winter!! And you have the art to prove it! My dogs have both decided they are too old to go for walks in this weather, so I am staying indoors with them. I really should get outside and see the winter up close…

    February 11, 2014 at 16:23

  63. Awesome perspective! Even it was brief season, the change truly impresses

    February 11, 2014 at 16:25

  64. I love to see the shapes created in the cold weather. So magnificent.


    February 11, 2014 at 16:37

  65. experiencing winter thro your lens!

    February 11, 2014 at 17:32

  66. The first photo was just fab. It was amazing. Guess we realize the value of things only when they stay with us for a small period of time!

    February 11, 2014 at 17:52

  67. Amazing photos ! We didn’t have winter at all, hope it doesn’t come when spring should arrive !

    February 11, 2014 at 18:14

  68. such beautiful and interesting photos. I love the trees/forest image!

    February 11, 2014 at 18:32

  69. Nature’s beauty is all around and how lucky we are to have you to see it first and then capture it to share with us. Phew, that was a long sentence, but you know what I’m trying to say. Just beautiful.

    February 11, 2014 at 19:01

  70. daryledelstein

    its not been brief here .. in fact we’ve got 36 days til spring

    February 11, 2014 at 19:24

  71. Such lovely photos–especially the one of the tree. Beautiful!

    February 11, 2014 at 20:11

  72. beautiful ice sculptures Fi!

    February 11, 2014 at 21:19

  73. Sorry I’ve been really, really bad about keeping up with blog surfing the last week – too busy celebrating my birthday :-0 !! The ice crystals are mesmerizing!

    February 11, 2014 at 21:34

  74. These photos are beautiful!

    February 11, 2014 at 21:53

  75. What a great eye for beauty you have!

    February 11, 2014 at 22:24

  76. It takes an open mind to find such beauty in harsh, cold weather. Well done.

    February 11, 2014 at 22:59

  77. Wow, that is a stunning macro shot of the ice crystals


    February 11, 2014 at 23:26

  78. Al

    Beautiful indeed – there’s no time like winter.

    February 12, 2014 at 01:46

  79. So beautiful. The ice on the pipes is truly art!

    February 12, 2014 at 03:20

  80. I still think winter made a wrong turn heading to your place and is enjoying the coffee and donuts here. More snow and cold this week.

    Thanks for sharing your version of the silver tapestries–reminds me of calm.

    February 12, 2014 at 04:18

  81. Good job your winter is only brief, it looks pretty severe and beautiful, the ice would be melted in a few secs here, we’ve been sizzling hot!
    Wren x

    February 12, 2014 at 05:20

    • Our winters are usually about six months! But this year, we’ve hardly had any at all….

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      February 12, 2014 at 05:29

  82. This time of year can be cold, but with it comes lots of beauty. Love your shots. – Margy

    February 12, 2014 at 05:50

  83. Kinda opposite in India this year. Winter is longer than usual. Loved the snow covered tree.

    February 12, 2014 at 09:07

  84. Beautiful. Wish we’d had some ice this year instead of all the rainz

    February 12, 2014 at 10:16

  85. Ours has been anything but brief with another does expected tonight:-) The ice crystals are beautiful.

    February 12, 2014 at 16:18

  86. Hello, I came over from Inger’s posting about a reindeer stampede in which she was caught at the age of 10 or 11. She said that your blog had gorgeous photographs of Sweden and insightful words. And I see she spoke the truth. Peace.

    February 12, 2014 at 21:29

  87. Pat

    I live in the land of perpetual mild weather, so it looks cold to me. Still, your photos are so beautiful!
    Very nice job…

    February 12, 2014 at 22:38

  88. I love the photos…the icy tree one is lovely. Thanks so much for your comments on my blog.

    February 13, 2014 at 00:04

  89. questo breve inverno ha lasciato comunque molta bellezza in te, nello sguardo di cristallo che gli hai rivolto con le tue magnifiche foto
    bellissimo l’incipit con la frase di Mandela

    This brief winter has left however much beauty in you, in Crystal look that you made with your magnificent photos
    beautiful the beginning with the phrase of Mandela

    February 13, 2014 at 05:14

  90. It reminds me of a ostrich neck!

    February 13, 2014 at 05:54

  91. lovely wnter abstracts.:)

    I have a meme on abstract art.:) nfmemes@blogspot.com

    February 13, 2014 at 11:44

  92. I admire your lovely photos …
    Greetings from far away Polish.
    Lucia ♥ ♥ ♥

    February 13, 2014 at 11:46

  93. pure winter magic, I wish we have some winter over here, but it looks like we are going from autumn to spring again.

    February 13, 2014 at 19:52

  94. Fantastic pictures!

    February 13, 2014 at 23:17

  95. Pure frosty magic! Excellent capture!

    February 14, 2014 at 09:55

  96. A beautiful series!

    February 14, 2014 at 11:33

  97. Really like that frosted birch image!

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    February 15, 2014 at 11:23

  98. nocolebolo

    A different kind of photos you used to publish but as beautiful as always.The first one is a stunning Black Hole. The Univers is here.

    · hugs

    · CR · & · LMA ·

    February 17, 2014 at 00:08

  99. winter is so cold, but it is also so wonderful!

    March 6, 2014 at 13:06

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