Posts Tagged ‘winter

21
Feb
11

052/2011 sunset colours

052/2011 sunset colours, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Beautiful warm colours by the riverside as the sun was starting to set, especially on the reddish brown masts of the sailing boat. This scene managed to make me forget the cold for a while. The best thing about this picture, though, is that it was taken at 5pm. We already have 9 hrs 40 mins of daylight!

12
Feb
11

043/2011 white on white

043/2011 white on white, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Just a picture of the colour scheme outdoors. The pile of snow sitting on our garden fence, epitomizes the immobile state of winter. Nothing moves, it just is!

I couldn’t decide which photo to choose today – this one or the one below. In the end, it was the straight lines above that better depicted my lazy mood today.

09
Feb
11

040/2011 icing on the trees

040/2011 icing on the trees, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Rapidly dipping temperatures, after yesterday’s snow storm, created these formations on the trees – like thick icing. Clear blue skies added to the crisp effect. At sunset the scenery was particularly attractive.

Pretty, but terribly cold! My poor fingers almost froze while taking these pictures. Winter is still showing its might, and holding us in its icy grip.

08
Feb
11

039/2011 hazardous driving

039/2011 hazardous driving, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Yet another blizzard hit us last night, and continued all through the morning. Snow clearing vehicles couldn’t keep up, so traffic moved more slowly than usual. In places, I even lost the sight of the lanes and ended up half on the pavement!

This scene from my car window
depicts the conditions quite well. We don’t need – or want – any more snow, please!

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:

05
Feb
11

036/2011 frosty claws of winter

036/2011 frosty claws of winter, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

For some inspiration on a dull, colourless winter day, I let my imagination run wild and shot some unusual shapes in the nearby wood. Interestingly, all I saw was monster-like creatures, which might make me jump in the dark. Winter has clearly possessed me by now!

There was also the sleeping giant behind a tree.

A terrifying monster creeping out from underneath the thick cover of snow to get me.

Some hibernating bats!

And a one-eyed cyclops watching me.

No wonder kids never get tired of winter!

02
Feb
11

033/2011 last winter in this yard

033/2011 last winter in this yard, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

I wanted to take this picture as this will be the last winter with snow in this inside yard of the school. Next summer this space will be covered with a glass roof, to give us lots of extra space, but also to economize heating costs and prevent moisture damage. The garden furniture will find new places around the school, so nothing will be wasted.

We are in the process of designing a totally new style classroom in this space – no ordinary desks and chairs, for example. Interesting project!

27
Jan
11

027/2011 no outside lunch yet

027/2011 no outside lunch yet, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

And not for some time, I don’ t think. Snow has become my photo theme for this week. I can remember sitting at this table many times last autumn. It’s in front of the inn, where I and one of my colleagues often go for lunch on school days. I am beginning to wish my time away with this winter…

But the yellow wall of the old house looked pretty amidst all the white.

26
Jan
11

026/2011 yes, there is a car there

A common sight along our streets. Cars in various stages of getting buried under snow. Looks as if this one is a beetle. Might be somebody’s summer car, so it doesn’t have to be dug out, but can wait for the snow the disappear in spring. In built and densely populated areas, the masses of snow are creating big problems. Modern man and nature at odds.

At long last some sunshine – light and shadow playing on the snow. What an instant change in my mood and energy levels!

25
Jan
11

025/2011 a glimpse of gorgeous blue

Momentarily, very briefly, the horizon became unusually blue even though we didn’t see any trace of the sun all day. Actually, haven’t seen the sun for over a week. The blue was somehow reflected through the clouds – very strange. And then it was gone.

I am really deprived of natural colour and light. Wishing my time away, and dreaming of spring and summer. Driving home today, they talked about many Finns now buying second homes in Thailand, where they spend half the year. I can understand why!

Anyway, to end on a happier note – getting this fleeting blue moment today was lovely!




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