Winter’s heart

Maybe I’ve lived in Sweden for too long —

But that first ice on the lake always gets a shout of joy from me!

Testing ice

It’s fun to explore

And find icy eyelashes on leaves

Eyelashes

And diamond-studded benches.

Frosty bench

Later on that afternoon,

I found the heart of winter

In the purple of the setting sun.

Heart_Ruby copy

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109 responses

  1. WOW, love the first shot. I had the similar experience when I visited shore last weekend. Lake was all icy, not like this but quite similar.

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:19

  2. Stunning shots as always, and thats where the heart of Winter is hiding….we are still waiting for our ice and snow!! Like you I love the transformation, but only because its for just a few months 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:20

  3. It’s a good morning for me when I get to look at such beautiful photos! 🙂 Your post awakes my heart.

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:21

  4. Leo

    What a beautiful photos, with the winter heart and the dog it is complete.

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:27

  5. Absolutely stunning once again! ❤

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:43

  6. Anonymous

    Each season brings so much beauty into nature and you have captured the loveliness of winter. May I wish you a wonderful and creative New Year!

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:45

  7. Aw, the heart of winter – I love it!

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    January 5, 2015 at 15:55

  8. Beautiful photos, But……BRRRRRRR

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    January 5, 2015 at 16:02

  9. Best wishes in 2015 !!
    Very beautiful this ice and water ice on the lake is very beautiful in this light winter
    beautiful week

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    January 5, 2015 at 16:04

  10. Hello Lady Fi!
    Stunning winter. Ice-covered lake.
    Ice crystals are like diamonds.
    This sweet dog is Ruby?
    Please hold it for me.
    Beautiful photos!!!!!!
    Greetings from Polish.
    Lucia

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    January 5, 2015 at 16:10

    • Yes, the dog is our Ruby.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      January 5, 2015 at 16:16

  11. These are all such amazing shots. Love the icicles on the leaves! 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 16:22

  12. YOUR DOG IS MAKING A HEART FOR YOU.

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    January 5, 2015 at 16:37

  13. joy

    Fanstastic and amazing sight!

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    January 5, 2015 at 16:54

  14. I like ice in all it’s forms – crystals, sheets, frostings-you illustrate them beautifully!

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    January 5, 2015 at 17:12

  15. If I did not have ‘to head out the door’ I would gaze upon these stunning photos ….many times more!
    So very beautiful … thank you 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 17:15

  16. beautiful winter sky(ies)…

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    January 5, 2015 at 17:57

  17. sylviakirk

    Beautiful, wintery captures for the day, Fiona!! And, of course, I always love to see pics of Ruby! She makes for wonderful smiles to start this gray old day here in Oregon!! Hope your new year is off to a great start!!

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:06

  18. Lovely tones in these photos, winter pastels.

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:09

  19. thanks for sharing your joys. made me smile. 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:15

  20. Anonymous

    Winter holds a lot of incredible beauty! Exquisitely so.

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:16

  21. Wonderful, exquisite, magical!

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:17

  22. Pretty images, love the shots of Ruby! And the last sunset and purple sky is just beautiful. Have a happy day and week ahead!

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:39

  23. Oh that dog makes me melt!!!

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    January 5, 2015 at 18:52

  24. Oh I feel so envious of that winter weather! I long to visit Scandinavia some day – weather like that makes me feel absolutely alive. Lovely shots 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 19:20

  25. calvin

    Nor is it a cold heart as one would expect. It is full of life and exuberance. Perhaps that is why Fins have their saunas only to dive in a ice cold lake. The warmth may mend the achy muscles and joints but it’s the icy jolt that assures one is alive and well. My brother married a Canadian Fin, so I have put this test once, had to break ice at the end of old dock (one that looked very much like yours which you photograph). And yes, I only did it once. Never again.

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    January 5, 2015 at 19:34

    • Ah yes – I’ve only done the sauna roll in snow thing twice!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      January 6, 2015 at 06:50

      • calvin

        I’d have to be pie-eyed to do it second time. Still, the devil in me would highly recommend it to anyone considering trying it.

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        January 6, 2015 at 17:23

  26. A heart that is beautifully set off by a gorgeous dog!

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    January 5, 2015 at 19:50

  27. thesmittenimage

    I love seeing your western views.. ours faces east. Beautiful Ruby adorns that sunset so nicely.

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    January 5, 2015 at 19:51

  28. Kim

    What stunning photographs! I loved visiting today.

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    January 5, 2015 at 19:58

  29. A lovely serie!

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    January 5, 2015 at 19:59

  30. You have a lovely view in all seasons!

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    January 5, 2015 at 20:04

  31. Your photos are gorgeous, but that ice makes me shiver!

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    January 5, 2015 at 20:42

  32. how wonderful! x

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    January 5, 2015 at 20:45

  33. Wonderful photos from a beautiful day:-)

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    January 5, 2015 at 21:19

  34. I can feel the cold! Really, such superlative images.

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    January 5, 2015 at 21:20

  35. I love how you capture the beauty of Winter. Winter is my favorite season. I love to cross country ski. The animals in the woods seem a little less afraid of humans on cross country skies. 😉 I have skied close to so many animals in the woods.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of Winter!

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    January 5, 2015 at 21:21

  36. Awesome post! Those are my kind of “diamonds” and “eyelashes” 🙂

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    January 5, 2015 at 21:33

  37. Chilly perfection. Thank you.

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    January 5, 2015 at 21:47

  38. This is so beautiful. To beautiful for words. And I love the details.

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    January 5, 2015 at 21:58

  39. Beautiful series and tones, stunning winter photos

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    January 5, 2015 at 22:48

  40. Wonderful winter atmosphere with frozen lake, great light, nice pictures. Happy 2015 !!

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    January 5, 2015 at 23:09

  41. I was young when I left Sweden, but I always appreciated the beauty of her nature. It is just wonderful for me to come here and enjoy it now.

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    January 5, 2015 at 23:45

  42. Exquisite captures, as always, Fi. Glorious colours. I so enjoy your positive approach to life and obvious appreciation of your surroundings – wherever that may be. Thank you for sharing the beauty and may 2015 be a healthy, happy and “over-flowing with joy” kind of year for you and yours. (Thank you too for co-hosting!)

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    January 5, 2015 at 23:46

  43. Jim

    ‘Joy To Winter’ by Fiona. Lovely.

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    January 5, 2015 at 23:56

  44. Oh how i love your photos!!

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    January 5, 2015 at 23:58

  45. You live and share great beauty. Love the dog & heart on ice

    Warm ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral

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    January 6, 2015 at 00:06

  46. You live in such a beautiful place.
    I can see why it would bring a shout of joy! 🙂

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    January 6, 2015 at 00:11

  47. Happy New year. The icy eyelashes on leaves, The heart of winter. I feel you are a creative poet. Thanks for sharing.

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    January 6, 2015 at 00:59

  48. You capture the magic of winter so well.

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    January 6, 2015 at 01:16

  49. Hi Fiona, I’ve just had a lovely time catching up with missed posts, always such a pleasure to see your amazing images. Was so sorry to hear that your Dad had been unwell, hopefully he is on the mend now. Ruby’s little babies are a delight as is Ruby herself, how lucky you were to have her after Oscar passed. I’m so sorry it’s belated but I do wish you all the very best for the new year, looking forward to many beautiful wintry images to cool down my extremely hot summer 🙂

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    January 6, 2015 at 01:23

  50. Beautiful captures as always!!

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    January 6, 2015 at 01:55

  51. Lovely images and words.

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    January 6, 2015 at 01:55

  52. Al

    Beautiful! I always look forward to the first snow, which arrives in September or October.

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    January 6, 2015 at 02:27

  53. Claudia

    oh so beautiful! i was hoping for snow when we went to west virginia but we didn’t get any this year. hopefully next christmas

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    January 6, 2015 at 02:46

  54. I too love the blues and pinks of winter. Your images are stunningly beautiful.

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    January 6, 2015 at 02:57

  55. Oh the beauty of winter…

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    January 6, 2015 at 03:49

  56. Ron

    “But that first ice on the lake always gets a shout of joy from me!”

    And I feel the same way, Fiona! I know I’m not in the majority when I say this, but I LOVE winter! I think I must have been a penguin in one of my past lives because I love being cold and I love snow.

    And I am so envious because we haven’t had not one bit of snow so far this winter. But I hear we may be getting some tomorrow. Yahoo!

    STUNNING photographs! The one of the icy eyelashes on the leaves is breathtaking. And I love the heart in snow in the last one.

    Ruby is sooooooooo cute!
    X

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    January 6, 2015 at 04:12

  57. I love the delicate effects that a hoarfrost creates. So lovely!

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    January 6, 2015 at 04:22

  58. I love the colour changes as blue turns to purple the world seems so alive. 🙂

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    January 6, 2015 at 04:43

  59. Beautiful photos of the ice and ice patterns on the leaves. It looks lovely but I am glad I don’t have to live in it!!

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    January 6, 2015 at 05:12

  60. Lovely winter captures! How sweet of Ruby to share the snow heart with your readers. ♥

    Lindy

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    January 6, 2015 at 05:27

  61. You’re never too old (or been in a place too long) to shout for joy at beautiful things 🙂

    never lose the wonder…

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    January 6, 2015 at 05:59

  62. Beautiful winter photos.
    I love the frost on the plants.
    The sunset has stolen my heart.
    Best regards, Irma

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    January 6, 2015 at 09:52

  63. I am always amazed by your pictures. The view is splendid

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    January 6, 2015 at 11:33

  64. génial ces bleus violet

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:00

  65. At least you have beautiful pictures to show while I am sitting in the rain !

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:04

  66. Beautiful!

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:16

  67. Your ice is beautiful – maybe you have lived in Sweden just the right amount of time.

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    January 6, 2015 at 13:36

  68. and you made a heart on the ice!!! I love stuff like that!! pretty images, the sunset was a favorite!!!!

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    January 6, 2015 at 15:42

    • We found the heart on the ice – someone else had already made it for us!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      January 7, 2015 at 08:00

  69. Don

    A fine series with such good pictures illustrating the various elements of winter. The purpose sky is gorgeous.

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    January 6, 2015 at 17:05

  70. awww…how lovely is that!

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    January 6, 2015 at 18:19

  71. awww…how lovely is that!

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    January 6, 2015 at 18:19

  72. Oh I love your doggie best of course but delightful wintry photos!

    Happy New Year,
    artmusedog and carol

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    January 6, 2015 at 18:51

  73. I have a northern heart, as well. 🙂 I love your images, they hit close to home.

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    January 6, 2015 at 19:45

  74. Gorgeous winter scenes of ice!

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    January 6, 2015 at 20:35

  75. The winter must give you some fabulous sun sets.

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    January 6, 2015 at 20:58

  76. Beautiful scenery – I would get excited too! I love the eyelashes on the leaf!

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    January 6, 2015 at 21:44

  77. JH

    Love the close ups. Snow and ice is much underrated. It may be cold, but makes for gorgeous landscapes and macros shots.

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    January 6, 2015 at 21:52

  78. winters heart in whites and rich blues….
    ha, we used to go out on the ice back home…
    once it solidified good…

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    January 6, 2015 at 23:45

  79. I don’t like cold but you’ve got me wanting to be there.

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    January 7, 2015 at 00:48

  80. Beautiful, but makes me cold. 🙂 Love the last shot!

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    January 7, 2015 at 01:20

  81. Pat

    Beautiful!

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    January 7, 2015 at 01:53

  82. Traveling to Sweden would be such a great experience. In British Columbia we get lots of ice on cold nights, but very little snow where we live.

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    January 7, 2015 at 03:25

  83. so beautiful. We don’t have snow here in winter. I really need to go to a snow place to experience such beauty. Thank you. Wishing you all the best for 2015. and thank you for stopping by my blog.

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    January 7, 2015 at 03:28

  84. I’m missing the ice here this year. We have had very little. Mind you we never get as much as you 🙂

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    January 7, 2015 at 09:02

  85. miss-red-fox

    Such beautiful fotos! I like all the blue colors in the first one, and the light! A happy New Year to you!

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    January 7, 2015 at 09:36

  86. Lynn

    Indeed gorgeous! I love how vigilant your dog looks there. Keeping watch.

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    January 7, 2015 at 12:08

  87. daryledelstein

    it snows here, it gets cold here but its never a beautiful as it is there .. thank you for sharing the beauty

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    January 7, 2015 at 14:45

  88. Gorgeous views & aspects like in a fairy stories!! Have a great day!

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    January 7, 2015 at 16:01

  89. Did Ruby draw that heart ! How clever – best to you, thanks for Our World Tuesday !

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    January 7, 2015 at 17:33

  90. Gorgeous photos as usual and I love the heart, Ruby and the kids!

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    January 7, 2015 at 17:39

  91. Gorgeous winter shots! Ice art is wonderful.

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    January 7, 2015 at 17:57

  92. JM

    Beautiful “frozen shots”! 🙂

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    January 7, 2015 at 19:00

  93. Nice, all I got was a a wet and windy Dartmoor. 🙂

    Jim

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    January 7, 2015 at 21:25

  94. Love the eyelashes and bejeweled bench. 🙂 Magical shot of the sunset.

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    January 8, 2015 at 05:22

  95. Breathtaking! These are the sheer beauties of winter. Wish you and your family the best for 2015.

    Yoko

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    January 8, 2015 at 06:29

  96. Pure Gorgeousness. ❤

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    January 8, 2015 at 06:31

  97. indrani

    Excellent series of pics!
    Happy new year to you!

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    January 8, 2015 at 08:05

  98. Excelled compositions with winter ice and snow… heart-warming 🙂

    I always wonder look at people walk on frozen lakes.

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    January 8, 2015 at 09:02

  99. Beautifully all that ice! The second picture is very attractive and it looks like the leaves sugared by the ice crystal. On the last picture, the air is so beautifully colored. Here I can really enjoy:-)

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    January 8, 2015 at 20:52

  100. I HEART Ruby! And all your pictures.

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    January 8, 2015 at 22:41

  101. miyahde

    Dearest Lady-fi; Wow, looks cold but made me feel to see with my own eyes and the beautiful shots reminded me of the little icicles♡♡♡
    Thank you very much for the ”winter heart”♪
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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    January 9, 2015 at 13:24

  102. Winter’s charm well framed

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    January 10, 2015 at 02:54

  103. Love that last shot of Ruby:)

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    January 10, 2015 at 06:22

  104. icy eyelashes on leaves extra!

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    January 10, 2015 at 11:52

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