Posts Tagged ‘nature



20
May
11

140/2011 almost there



140/2011 almost there, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The big trees are still waiting to get into full greenery, while the rest of the scenery is already quite uniformly dark green. May is always a wonderful time of fast change – you can almost see the colour schemes transforming in front of your eyes.

25
Apr
11

115/2011 anticipation

115/2011 anticipation, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

After a long colourless period, strong spring colours attract the eye. The sepia of the trees against the dark turquoise sky, for example. Great anticipation of the burst of green leaves lingers in the air.

24
Apr
11

114/2011 green!

114/2011 green!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

The first tiny buds have appeared on a spiraea bush in the corner of our garden. A miracle every year! I could sit out on the patio for ages, just breathing in the rapidly advancing spring with all my senses.

It’s as though new life has been patiently waiting for the conducive enough circumstances all through winter, to suddenly get triggered into amazingly fast growth. I wish I could provide the right environment and push for my students’ learning more often! Especially this time of the year, only a month of the school year left, there are many wilted plants in the classrooms – teachers included.

20
Apr
11

110/2011 rushing

110/2011 rushing, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This birch tree was beautifully lit by the evening sun, so I rushed to get my camera to catch it. Unfortunately, the sun had just disappeared before I got out, and in my rush I managed to shake the shot, too. Oh well, teaches me to take it easy, and focus properly next time, especially if it is the only picture I manage to get that day!

06
Feb
11

037/2011 icy beauty

037/2011 icy beauty, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Heather branches encapsulated in crystal clear ice during the night – nature’s art at its best! Such natural beauty is surprising, unpredictable, and only visible if we take the time to stop and stare. It’s often ephemeral as well, as this tiny ice scuplture on our balcony, which soon melted away with the afternoon sunshine. The daily alternation of water and ice are sure signs of approaching spring!

Here is another interesting ice formation:

12
Dec
10

#346 cold winter blues!

346/365 cold winter blues!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Why does white snow sometimes look blue? I remember reading that it is to do with how sunlight is reflected back from the surface of snow crystals, or absorbed into the bank.

Today, it was particularly cold, minus 15 degrees Celcius, but with a bright sunshine. In the shadows, the snow looked particularly cold and blue.

27
Oct
10

#300 frost

300/365 frost, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Photo #300! Wow, only 65 to go.

It sure has turned cold – minus degrees even in the morning. The night frost had covered the grass, and decorated the edges of leaves. These rose leaves look almost like sugar-coated!

18
Oct
10

#291 last of the autumn colours

The Daily Shoot challenge took me for an afternoon walk in one of our parks.

Make a photograph of a curved line or spherical surface today.

Lots of curved lines everywhere – even in this picture! Today was probably a good day to catch the last of the autumn colours. Most of the leaves are already on the ground, but some trees, like this big one, still hold on. The yellows and oranges really shine in the sunlight. I thoroughly enjoyed the feast of colour, despite the cold northerly wind.

For me, colours are very therapeutic. I am stocking up for the coming winter.

14
Oct
10

#287 almost bare

287/365 almost bare, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Strong winds and hail storms, with sunny spells in between – October weather really kicked in today. More and more leaves keep falling down. Poor trees will soon be shivering in the cold, bare and exposed.

We people, on the contrary, keep bundling up – even subconsciously eating more – to protect ourselves from the biting cold. Right this very moment, I am wrapped up in a blanket while writing this.

10
Oct
10

#283 sunday

283/365 sunday, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Ahh, Sunday! Even the sun came out in the afternoon. It may be the last days to enjoy the flaming autumn colours, since much colder weather – even snow! – is forecast for the coming week.

These reddish-brown-yellowy leaves really pleased my eyes today.




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