Monday, 31 January 2011

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Wavy Snow Shadows

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Today we got blue skies and a glimpse of the sun again.
So I went out in search of Sunday Shadow Shots.

 

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You’ll find more shadows at Hey Harriet’s
Shadow Shot Sunday # 141

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Skywatch Grey-Day

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We’re still on that weather roller coaster ride. Monday all white with hoar frost thick as I’ve never it seen before. Tuesday thaw and bare trees again. Wednesday creeping down below zero once more. Thursday morning -14°C (I stayed in). Friday more endurable –4° (or so), and again foggy and frosty, but not quite the same kind of thick spiky frost as Monday. More like the world was just sort swept into “dreamy” shades of white and grey – and all very still. I had to go into town and between my errands I took some shots in the park.

Posting this on Saturday morning, the sky is still as grey, but we’re back to +2°C and strong wind; which means the dreamy white from yesterday is gone, and the trees are now making noises while shaking their bare branches. On the whole, this time of year (knowing that the weather is just mocking us about anyway, and has no real intention of turning into proper spring for a couple of months yet) I do prefer the frosty and still –4 to the bare and windy +2. As if it mattered what we think! The weather does with us what it wants anyway…

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See more of the sky at
Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Friday My Town: “Things Beginning With F”

 

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1.
Frosty Fringe or Frozen Fog
(Follow the links if you want to see more frosty pictures!)

 

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2.
Frosty Fancy Fence

 

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3.
Frozen Fish
(ice sculpture in the Town Square)
 

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4.
Fishy Fountain
(well, I don’t need to tell you this is a summer picture!)

 

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5.
Frogs on Frock
+ Funny Sign

I keep getting back to this one, but it was quite a funny story.
The name of the sculpture is “Cloned Frogs on Gala Dress”.
It was put in the park for a Sculpture Festival,
but the children took it for a climbing toy…
It also got intentionally sabotaged (not so funny),
sent away for repair, and then put in a safer place.
With that sign added: Do not climb!
(What does it look like the frogs are doing?)

On top of all, the sculpture was given away, but kept.
Without leaving town, it was dedicated as a wedding gift to the
Crown Princess Victoria and her “man of the people” husband, now
Prince Daniel. Who in
his speech at the wedding dinner said that
“it took more than one kiss to turn him into a prince”…

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Find Further Friday F’s at 
Friday My Town Shoot Out


 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Watery Wednesday: Frozen Fog

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At the beginning of this week I found my world covered by a layer of white which I was not sure whether to call snow or frost. When I posted some macro shots at my other blog Beyond the Lone Islands, one blogging friend remarked in a comment that “frozen fog looks like this”. I think she may be right, because the days we could enjoy these icy snow crystals were also quite foggy!

The photos chosen for today’s post were all taken down by the river. Not too obvious perhaps, but it is there in the background! In case someone should not find the frozen fog quite “watery” enough for…

Watery Wednesday # 124

 

 

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Ruby Tuesday: The Red Thread

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Except for the occasional red building, there is not a whole lot of red to be found outside this time of year. But on one of my walks recently my eyes fell on this colourful sign. GARN is the Swedish word for YARN, and the arrows are pointing towards a yarn shop.

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In Greek mythology, Theseus rescued himself out of the labyrinth of Minotaur by following a red thread, given to him by Ariadne.

In an East Asian myth, the gods tie an invisible red thread around the ankles of men and women who are destined to be soul mates and will one day marry each other. The two people connected by the red thread are destined lovers, regardless of time, place or circumstances.

Source: Wikipedia

♥ ♥ ♥

For Ruby Tuesday

Monday, 24 January 2011

* A Stylish Award *

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This award was given to me by Mersad at Mersad Donko Photography.

I’m honoured, of course – but also in trouble!!! Because, as most awards circulating in the Blog world, it comes with a set of rules…

There are four steps to follow that come along with this award.

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

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Seven Things Or One Story:

1. I have had pen friends in other countries ever since the days when one had to use pen and paper and stamps, and could not even imagine such a thing as the Internet.

2. It was an Australian pen pal who got me blogging two years ago.

3. Hardly had I got started before she sent me a “Treasured Friends” award which I was supposed to pass on to five other people.

4. Five?! I had not even “met” five people in the Blog World yet!

5. So I had to start my career as a blogger by bending rules…

6. … and have continued as I started…

7. … and will probably continue to continue…!

8. (Bonus info, to prove my point) That’s a quote from Paul Simon.
In case you haven’t already noted, I tend to quote him a lot!

So I'll continue to continue to pretend
My life will never end,
And Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall.

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Now, I did give this some thought. Could I name 15 stylish blogs? Yes, I think I could. However, it is doubtful whether they would qualify as “recently discovered”; unless you stretch “recently” to (dis)cover 2 years (i.e. my whole blog-life)...

Because, you see, I like to discover things slowly. When I run around trying to explore too many new blogs at once (which I sometimes do), what happens is that after a while I see names appearing on my dashboard list and have to admit: Hey, I have no idea who that is!!!

Now, checking the award posts by Mersad (who gave the award to me) and Doreen (who gave it to Mersad), I find no less than twelve of my own favourites who were already just recently given this award…

This leaves me in a rather tricky situation. Because if I am to exclude those twelve, and pick fifteen others from my blog rolls, that would leave only a handful or so rather randomly and unfairly “unpicked”… (Not to mention that having to decide would give me a sleepless night!)

So I’m just putting the spotlight on three (12+3=15) whom I have been following for some time (but not from “the very beginning”), and who have not already - as far as I know – been given this award. (Although that might have changed while I’ve been writing this post!)

Other things these three have in common:

* All three have their own individual style
* All three have a great sense of humor

* All three have an excellent eye for photography, and there’s not much they would not do to get the photo they want…!

Adrian’s Images

Let Your Light Shine (Ginny)

Madsnapper (Sandra)

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PS. Since I’ve already bent “the rules”… Feel free to do the same…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Monday: Upside Down World

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See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House

Saturday, 22 January 2011

To Think Of Shadows…

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To think of shadows is a serious thing.
~ Victor Hugo ~

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Contemplate more shadows at
Shadow Shot Sunday # 140

 

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Friday My Town–Black And White

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▲ Along one of my walks there are some rather modern houses surrounded by a fence that I think might be older than the buildings. Some of the trees in the garden definitely must be. And with snow on top they make an even better picture! ▼

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All of the photos in this post were taken last week, just after we had had a fresh snow-fall making the world all shiny white and pretty again. Since then we have had thaw, and rain, and the remaining snow going all dirty, and then all freezing to ice again…! Ah well… With the camera, we can freeze the moment!!!

 

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This abandoned old brick building is another place I pass on this walk. Now in the winter it’s more apparent than ever that it is not used for anything, since a mountain of snow from the road has been allowed to grow in front of the door.

 

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This photo is actually NOT black-and-white. It’s just black and white! Can you tell? ;)

 

See more black-and-white at Friday My Town

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

A for Amaryllis …

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… and A for Again

The first bud has now turned into a flower!

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See what else A may stand for at
ABC Wednesday

Watery Wednesday: Four Days of Thaw

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▲ Friday  14  January

▼ Tuesday 18 January
 

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It may look like spring is on its way; but we probably have
two months or so of “ups and downs” to get through yet…

For Watery Wednesday # 123

Monday, 17 January 2011

Amaryllis

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I got this Amaryllis from friends who where here
on New Year’s Eve. It’s just starting to bloom.

For Ruby Tuesday

Mosaic Monday: Linden Seed

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I wasn’t sure what kind of tree it was in the middle photo,
but a bit of ‘internet research’ convinced me that it must be linden…

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

Sunday, 16 January 2011

My Shadow

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No sun today, so I had to go back in my archives looking for shadows!
This photo is from about a month ago, but as for the snow situation, things do not look much different. The shadow in the middle is of course the one that should normally be avoided in a picture: that of the photographer! I was well aware of it when I took this photo though - believe it or not… ;) It was the perspective lines, shadows included, that fascinated me in this picture.

Shadow Shot Sunday # 139 at ‘Hey Harriet’

PS. Her post this week is well worth a visit for her words on the Queensland flood alone.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Shuttle Service

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As soon as one truck full of snow left, an empty one took its place…

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One of the truck drivers spotted me taking pictures and asked me if I got good shots… I replied (in a flattering tone of voice): “Oh yes – these photos will prove how very efficient you are!” He seemed pleased with the answer… They’re probably more used to criticism than praise!

Quite honestly, I do think they’re doing a better job of it this winter than the last one, getting rid of the snow. That’s not to say that there aren’t days when one wishes they’d be even more super-efficient…

 

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Unfortunately, during last night, probably as much snow as was taken away by the trucks yesterday, again fell down from the sky…!

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Friday My Town Shoot Out: “Weird Stuff”

Perhaps it had something to do with Sarah’s Members Voice post  that I got stuck on thinking “sculptures”?

The collage below shows the sculptural additions in later years that have probably caused most reaction – loved by some, grumbled about by others. They have one thing in common: They’re big, and you can’t help noticing them!

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1. Pinocchio by Jim Dine  
2. Mate Hunting by Marianne Lindberg De Geer
3. Cloned Frogs on Gala-dress by William Sweetlove
4. Declination by Tony Cragg
5. Bodhi by Fredrik Wretman
6. Good Day by Kaarina Kaikkonen   
The links go to previous blog posts * of mine about these sculptures.
(I’m sorry, I just hadn’t got the time and energy to go visit them all again for fresh snowy photos!)

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Going for a walk today, I tried to keep a lookout for other weird things… But I have to tell you: it’s not easy finding anything just now, because everything is covered by this… weird white stuff…!

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*PLEASE NOTE that both my blogs moved/started over recently!
DawnTreader’s Picture Book continues here (yes, HERE – you have already found your way!) as DawnTreader’s NEW Picture Book.

The Island of the Voices goes on as: Beyond the Lone Islands

 

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To see what weird things other people have found,

CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Watery Wednesday: Thaw

Watery Wednesday # 122

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“Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye”
Shakespeare, 1588

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Mosaic Monday: Snow and Thaw

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I’ve not been out much during the past week. All of these photos except the last one were taken through my windows, and I guess they pretty much tell their own story! The temperature has been jumping up and down around the freezing point (0°C) all week. Snow one day, rain the next. Mix the two, and what you get is ice and slush…!

 

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary’s Little Red House

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Low Sun = Long Shadows

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New Year’s Day 1.1.11
at 1 o’clock PM
(12:58 to be exact!)

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Linking this picture to
Shadow Shot Sunday # 138

Friday, 7 January 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Shades of Gray

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Skywatching on New Year’s Eve, 2010 (10:41 AM)

 Skywatch Friday

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Friday My Town – Macros

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I guess by now you’re all aware that we’re having a very cold winter in Sweden. One effect of this is that it’s rather hard these days to get close enough to anything outside to be able to take good macro shots!

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Most attempts end up like this one (above) - out of focus!

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Taking macro shots of “just snow” is not easy. This one did not get interesting until I let the computer have a go at it, sharpening the contrasts and shadows etc.

 

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These icicles grew on my balcony…

 

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Furry suede mittens do not make it easy taking photographs. On the other hand, neither do frozen fingers… Well, at least I managed a macro shot of the embroidery on one of the mittens! (No I did not make the embroidery myself. It was there when I bought them.)

 

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I’ve been out in the snow long enough! Let’s go inside…
These two little ones arrived with my human-size New Year’s guests.

 

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The angel, sleepy though she seemed, decided to join the choir.

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More Macro-links at Friday My Town Shoot Out – Mr Linky

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