Thursday, 30 December 2010

Happy New Year!


Expecting guests for New Year’s Eve, I will most likely not have time to post again until next year…

so taking the opportunity to wish friends and followers

 Happy New Year!

(Night picture from my window… with a little help from Picasa and Picnik!)

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Watery (?) Wednesday


Well… Snow and ice are really just frozen water, aren’t they? This is the river, and somewhere underneath the ice there is probably still running water…


Maybe some of the other participants in Watery Wednesday had better luck…

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Magic Light


Magic light from the setting afternoon sun over the pavilions in the Town Park.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Weekend Reflection: Cold Christmas Day


The low afternoon sun reflected in the clouds and in the snow…

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See more Weekend Reflections at Newton Area Photo.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Christmas At Home


Friday My Town Shoot Out: Christmas Where I Live

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Spending a peaceful Christmas at home this year
and really just glad not having planned to go anywhere!

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We’re having a White Christmas all over Sweden this year.
In many places way over the “comfort zone”:
Trains and flights cancelled or delayed, and roads blocked by snow.


Even crossing the street as a pedestrian can be quite an adventure:


The worst weather situation for Christmas is reported from the south-east coast, with heavy snowfall and strong winds causing the snow to drift. Where I live (an hour or so inland from the west coast), we have so far been spared more snow falling down from above; but it’s very cold, with icy winds adding to the chill.

As I woke up in the morning of Christmas Eve, we had ~13,5°C. Checking again two hours later, I had expected the temperature to have gone up a degree or so. Instead I find that it’s gone down to –15°…

All in all, it looks more like a shut-in than a shoot-out kind of Christmas!

I hope you’re safe and comfortable this Christmas, where ever you are.

♥ ♥ ♥


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Watery Wednesday


Getting harder and harder here to find open water to take photos of…!
Actually this picture is from two weeks ago,
and since then we’ve only had more snow and ice.

Merry Christmas to all Watery Wednesday participants!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010




I was snowbound again during the weekend, so had to amuse myself with taking pictures of indoor decorations. (This is my kitchen window.)

According to weather forecasts, the past weekend was just a practice round for Christmas. More snow to be expected Thursday and all through Christmas Eve.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Mosaic Monday: Snowy Christmas

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Greetings from “Santaland”

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Since I took these photos on 4th vs 12th December, it has just kept on snowing, so I took some help from Picnik to illustrate that… (You will probably notice that it’s snowing on the frames as well!) I guess it’s for weather like this that flying reindeer were invented, ho ho ho… Otherwise Santa would most likely find himself spending Christmas waiting in line at some European airport this year.

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House.

And if you have to get out on the snowy roads – “be careful out there”!

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Saturday, 18 December 2010

Photographer’s Reflection


Along the promenade on one side of the river, there is a wall of mirrors, which reflect the park across the water. And, in this case – the photographer…


The wall of mirrors is on the white building to the left. It was put up less than a year ago and it made a huge difference to what used to be just a plain, dull wall.

If you’d like to see summer pictures from the same spot, click here.

* I’m linking this post to Weekend Reflections hosted by Newton Area Photo. *

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Friday My Town Shoot Out – *RED*

Finding the colour RED in December shouldn’t be too difficult.
And it wasn’t.


The red lifebuoy by the river stands out against the white snow.



The low afternoon sun gives an extra glow to the red buildings.



The Christmas Market stalls are red.



Santa’s costume is red…



… and so is his spare sledge!

To see more RED go to Friday My Town Shoot Out 

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Watery Wednesday: Over the Edge…


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A part of the river which usually stays open even when the rest is freezing…

To see more watery images, click below:


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

A Fishy Ice Sculpture


An ice sculpture in the town square has become a tradition.
This year a fish. Last year it was a polar bear.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Mosaic Monday: Playing With Fire

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A juggler performed at the Christmas market: After warming up with some simpler tricks, he went on to juggling with three torches (the pictures on the right); then balanced one of the torches on top of a sword) (top left picture) and ended up juggling with the torch, the sword and an apple (bottom left picture) – and eating the apple in between (that I was not able to catch with the camera).

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Wintry Reflections


We’ve had a cold start to the winter, and parts of the River are already frozen now. But under the bridge there was a patch of open water, which on this still, clear and cold day reflected the snow-covered trees on the river banks.



See more Weekend Reflections from around the world at Newton Area Photo



This blog has recently started over with a new blog address:

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New followers are of course welcome, too!

Thank you!

A New Beginning


Feeling a bit confused?
Wondering where you are?

Whether you followed the Christmas Bunny* from my first Picture Book to get here, or happened to get here some other way:

Welcome to DawnTreader’s NEW Picture Book 

I noticed a while ago that I was slowly but steadily running out of space at my old blog account. After weighing pros and cons, the best (or at least the cheapest) solution to the problem seemed to be to create a new free account and just pick up where I left off, hoping that old friends will again sign up to follow, and that new ones will find their way here as well.

Basically I have tried to keep the simple layout with black background and without sidebars. There are some improvements in the footer layout in this template, and I will be adding links to other photo blogs by and by.  You will also find some new info-pages (tabs) at the top.

♥ ♥ ♥

* PS: Inserting a copy of the first blog header here since that will be changing later:


Welcome to also visit my main blog: Beyond the Lone Islands