Paws for thought

13 December is Lucia – one of my favourite times of year.

Lucia is all about children dressed in white and carrying candles

To symbolize hope and light in the darkness.

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The dawn that day didn’t disappoint either.

It blazed with light and colour,

So that dogs (and people) seemed small and humble

Under the huge lilac sky;

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And paw prints were etched across a purple

Canopy of snow – leading the eye

To that glorious sky of hope.

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For more festive skies, please visit: Skywatch.

90 responses

  1. Oh, my goodness how utterly gorgeous!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    December 15, 2016 at 15:57

  2. So gorgeous!! I love how the sky colour reflects on the snow. Have a blessed weekend.

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    December 15, 2016 at 16:04

  3. What amazing skies you are graced with in your part of the world! I just love the purple snow!

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    December 15, 2016 at 16:07

  4. Oh Fiona!!!!!
    Your photos are phenomenal, gorgeous.
    Greetings from Poland.
    Lucia

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    December 15, 2016 at 16:24

  5. Laura

    Beautiful colours!

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    December 15, 2016 at 17:03

  6. I have never seen an assemblage of the colors I love most than in this post: luminous violets, pinks, and lavenders. Lovely – all the way from animal paw prints to a glorious sky of hope!

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    December 15, 2016 at 17:14

  7. wow! quite inspiring photos… love the sky

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    December 15, 2016 at 17:16

  8. Watch out for that purple snow.

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    December 15, 2016 at 17:39

  9. I wonder what turns your skies that amazing lilac color? We get some pinks and salmons, but never anything like that. Gorgeous!

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    December 15, 2016 at 17:48

  10. Simply STUNNING! 😍

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    December 15, 2016 at 18:01

  11. …you capture some might fine sky shots!

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    December 15, 2016 at 18:12

  12. WOW, just stunning images, colors and sky captures. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day and weekend ahead!

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    December 15, 2016 at 18:22

  13. Amazing colours…beatiful skies!

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    December 15, 2016 at 18:35

  14. Bill Dodd

    Not that easy to get these— great work.

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    December 15, 2016 at 19:11

  15. Love your reminder that we are indeed small and humble.
    And love that sky.

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    December 15, 2016 at 19:27

  16. These are awe-inspiring. The colors are like nothing I’ve seen

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    December 15, 2016 at 19:56

  17. The skies, blows away those blues, absolutely stunning.

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    December 15, 2016 at 20:04

  18. Stunning photos! Happy Lucia!

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    December 15, 2016 at 20:25

  19. Absolutely stunning colors!! 🙂

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    December 15, 2016 at 20:29

  20. Gorgeous colors

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    December 15, 2016 at 21:02

  21. Cloudia Charters

    Marvelous skies!

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    December 15, 2016 at 21:45

  22. Love the idea of a festival of light and hope.

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    December 15, 2016 at 21:46

  23. Simply Divine! Spectacular images yet again Fi. How your amazing photography gladdens my heart – thank you for sharing your stunning part of our world. Wishing you and yours a loving and super special Christmas. (getting in early in case we’re all too busy next week!!). May 2017 treat you kindly.

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    December 15, 2016 at 22:11

    • And you!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 16, 2016 at 06:12

  24. The color in your part of the world is just stunning!!!

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    December 15, 2016 at 22:35

  25. Amazing colors.

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    December 15, 2016 at 23:11

  26. Lovely. Enchanting.

    Greetings from London.

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    December 15, 2016 at 23:24

  27. Such beautiful photos! My husband heads to Stockholm on business several times a year , and I have resisted winter travels, but you make it look so pretty!

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    December 16, 2016 at 00:26

  28. Al

    Fantastic photos. Lucia sounds like a great day.

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    December 16, 2016 at 00:50

  29. Such amazing light – beyond beautiful!

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    December 16, 2016 at 03:07

  30. Ron

    “Lucia is all about children dressed in white and carrying candles

    To symbolize hope and light in the darkness.”

    What a beautifully touching tradition, Fiona!

    Gorgeous images! I love how the white snow reflects the pink and purple sky!

    Have a lovely weekend, my friend!

    P.S. We are getting some snow the next couple of days!!!

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    December 16, 2016 at 03:33

    • Take some snowy photos! Bet you’re looking forward to getting some snow!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 16, 2016 at 06:05

  31. Mesmerizing colours!

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    December 16, 2016 at 07:22

  32. Underbara foton som alltid..ha en fin fjärde advent..

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    December 16, 2016 at 09:21

  33. Jim

    Awesome colours.

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    December 16, 2016 at 10:38

  34. Beautiful with the snow reflecting all that purple. I like it.

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    December 16, 2016 at 11:08

  35. All the photos are breathtaking….but the 2nd one with the sweet fur babies just steals the show today!!!

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    December 16, 2016 at 11:31

  36. “Children dressed in white and carrying candles to symbolize hope and light in the darkness.” 🙂

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    December 16, 2016 at 11:44

  37. These took my breath away! Wonderful.

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    December 16, 2016 at 12:10

  38. these are so beautiful and magical Fiona. you live in such aan amazing part of the world. i’ve never heard of the Lucia tradition. so do the kids in your neighborhood do that and walk about?

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    December 16, 2016 at 12:13

    • The kids do it at school. My daughter is in a music school, so they hold Lucia concerts in churches and at people’s places of work.

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      December 16, 2016 at 12:26

  39. I don’t know anything about Lucia, but looking at the sky and the snow, the circumstances must have been great for celebrating with thos wonderful colours.

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    December 16, 2016 at 13:12

  40. Dramatic! lovely captures!

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    December 16, 2016 at 13:43

  41. Oh wow! What an amazing sight Fiona, you do live in a wonderful part of the world, which we are so lucky to see 😊

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    December 16, 2016 at 14:40

  42. johedges13

    Exquisite, Fi. I love the pink reflections on the snow. And I love the paw prints. Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful weekend. Jo

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    December 16, 2016 at 15:04

    • Thank you. And do you have a blog I can visit?

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

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      December 16, 2016 at 21:10

  43. beautiful images of your part of Sweden. 🙂

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    December 16, 2016 at 20:43

  44. These are truly magical photographs, Fi.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    December 16, 2016 at 20:57

  45. Oh my–so Beautiful—Christmas Card with pups
    MB

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    December 16, 2016 at 21:33

  46. I didn’t know anything about Lucia tradition … so found your words interesting and your photographs spectacular.

    Thanks for sharing them with us, so beautiful

    All the best Jan

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    December 17, 2016 at 00:41

  47. I like those paw prints in the snow, and of course, absolutely beautiful skies!!

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    December 17, 2016 at 04:50

  48. Wow what a fantastic sky. I don’t know if there are enough words to describe the beauty.

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    December 17, 2016 at 04:52

  49. brilliant !!! happy weekend 🙂

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    December 17, 2016 at 08:56

  50. Mesmerizing colors! So magical!

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    December 17, 2016 at 10:49

  51. Mesmerizing hue !

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    December 17, 2016 at 11:12

  52. Dreamlike beauty! Fabulous scenes!

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    December 17, 2016 at 11:22

  53. that is just absolutely beautiful! We are getting snow this morning but we haven’t had much yet.

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    December 17, 2016 at 12:03

  54. Beautiful and colourful sky.

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    December 17, 2016 at 13:23

  55. A powerful and pawful, splendid morning. As always!

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    December 17, 2016 at 14:59

  56. Don

    Gorgeous color pictures. Dogs seem to love being out in the snow.

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    December 17, 2016 at 15:42

  57. Breathtaking scene. The colours are stunning!

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    December 17, 2016 at 15:48

  58. There are few things I love more than the beauty of winter…

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    December 17, 2016 at 16:02

  59. Hi Lady Fi, These photos are glorious. I can only imagine how great it must have been to be there in person. Thanks for sharing!

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    December 17, 2016 at 16:06

  60. Wow! What colours! Beautiful sky.

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    December 17, 2016 at 16:59

  61. Glorious … and full of hope. Thank you Fiona 💕

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    December 17, 2016 at 17:38

  62. Sublime colours!

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    December 17, 2016 at 18:02

  63. Beautiful!

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    December 17, 2016 at 19:13

  64. Stunning photos, as always. I’ve not heard of Lucia before.

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    December 17, 2016 at 22:55

  65. That’s a symphony of thoughts!! I’m amazed! Lots and lots of beauty… The magical nature and your wonderful talent! Many, many thanks!

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    December 18, 2016 at 01:21

  66. I was absorbed in your words and the magical sky show.

    Yoko

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    December 18, 2016 at 01:43

  67. Amazing sky pics.
    Thanks for the post. Greetings.

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    December 18, 2016 at 06:05

  68. Some beautiful paws for thought indeed!
    Lovely snaps.
    Have a Happy Day, Lady Fi!
    Peace 🙂

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    December 18, 2016 at 06:06

  69. Totally stunning. Would dearly love to republish this over on Learning from Dogs.

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    December 18, 2016 at 06:31

  70. Stunning photos, wonderful skies and colors

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    December 18, 2016 at 08:54

  71. Beautiful colors !!

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    December 18, 2016 at 10:52

  72. Good posts, beautiful blog.
    Congratulations.
    Welcome to see my creations:
    http://paintdigi.com

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    December 18, 2016 at 18:45

  73. Awesome! Your captures are gorgeous!

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    December 18, 2016 at 22:28

  74. Lynn

    We can always use hope – the sermon in church yesterday was about hope. Lovely images!

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    December 19, 2016 at 12:00

  75. superbe ces couleurs

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    December 19, 2016 at 13:47

  76. Merry Christmas my friend! Beautiful photos and words.
    Carla

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    December 19, 2016 at 19:03

  77. so incredibly beautiful. Wishing you and yours a very happy Christmas

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    December 20, 2016 at 08:33

  78. I like those beautiful colors in the sky I see is warm inside 🙂
    Beautiful to see and to experience.

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    December 20, 2016 at 12:37

  79. Beautiful! 🙂

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    December 20, 2016 at 17:26

  80. daryledelstein

    i think snow never looked more lovely than it does on your blog

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    December 20, 2016 at 20:31

  81. Wow!wow!wow! what a glow

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    December 21, 2016 at 14:02

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  83. Incredible photos! Love sunrises & sunsets. That’s what my blog is primarily all about! That and featuring interesting blog followers! Merry Christmas! 🎄Christine

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    December 25, 2016 at 20:23

  84. Totally ‘wagnificent.’ Feliz Navidog!

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    December 26, 2016 at 04:46

  85. such magic colours! lucia day seems a nice tradition. also, happy christmas!

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    December 26, 2016 at 14:37

  86. nocolebolo


    Great photos.
    I love Saint Lucia’s day, or the near Solstice day, because the days begin to grow and we are encouraged to wait for spring.
    Happy Holidays Fi

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

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    December 26, 2016 at 21:07

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