Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bare ice

In the last few weeks, the weather hasn’t given us many bright moments. A couple of times when there’s been some faint promise in the air we’ve paid a quick visit to the cottage, timed at about sunset of course. In mid-January, we found a lonely swan standing on the ice off ‘our’ lightly snow-covered place. Disturbed by our gazing it moved over to feed from the bottom of the sea.






A week ago or so on our second January visit, the snow had melted. The bare ice cover swept even further to the sea. Also that time, the sunset seemed quite plain at first. 





Then some mist began forming over the open sea in the distance and little by little the clouds on the horizon were painted with delicate purple pink stripes. Thanks to my zoom lens, it made rather a pretty contrast to the bare ice in the end.





8 comments:

  1. I bet you're so glad to be able to visit your cottage. The photos you have taken this time are stunning as usual. Love the reeds in the second to last . The mist really adds to the effect. Wonderful swans too. B x

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    1. Exactly, I can't wait for the picnics we are planning for the sunny late winter and early spring afternoons there.

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  2. Oh gosh the colours in the sky are incredible!! I can only imagine how wonderful if must be to visit and see this!

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    1. You just have to keep going there and every once in a while the seascape will surprise you.

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  3. Beautiful images the colours are amazing it looks so different at this time of year. Sarah x

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    1. This winter has been another one with little snow ideal for Nordic skaters, tour skaters on natural ice. It would be too risky to venture on the sea here in the southwest but its becoming more and more popular on the lakes around the country.

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  4. What beautiful moments you have captured! Such a lovely sunset with the mist rising over the sea. The swan is quite special, too. x Karen

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    1. Poor little swan all on its own. Last winter we saw many wintering by the islands but haven't spotted any other ones recently.

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