Walking in a Winter Wonderland, part 1

This is going to be picture heavy and more than one post, but they’re all so magical.

We didn’t get snow, but some serious hoarfrost which created the most wonderful things.


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First shot is what happens when you forget to switch your camera from “artificial indoor light” to “natural light”, though I do like the blue tint it produced.

erica flowers

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Erica blooming in pink and white


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frozen spiderweb

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frozen stalks

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  1. Nightjar says

    Ooooh, I love this. The spider web is my favourite, but they are all wonderful and I can’t wait to see the other parts.

    I’m waiting impatiently for our first frost.

  2. kestrel says

    Hoarfrost makes everything magical. I particularly love the way the pond looks with the surrounding plants covered in hoarfrost.

    Have to agree with lorn, the cold is not all that fun.

  3. says

    The pictures are beautiful. I like that web especially.
    However I am too one of those who only likes to observe winter from the warmth of their home.

  4. Ice Swimmer says

    The reflections in the last one are also lovely. Hoarfrost makes both details as well as broader views magical.

    From the comments about cold weather and my experience that the same weather feels less cold in late winter or early spring than in November, I gather that cold is a largely relative and subjective concept. Of course there are objective boundaries on what we can handle, but none of the experiences are wrong.

    What I wonder is, how much do the cultural differences in clothing affect the experience? I have a woolen coat, a scarf or two, longjohns under jeans, winter boots, warm gloves and if needed, I can add granny-knitted woolen socks, mittens and fleece underwear. With the basic level winter attire -10 °C is OK and the extra stuff makes it possible to be fairly comfortable in colder weather, but at some point the face will get uncomfortably cold. The other problem is of course that the multiple layers of clothing are hot while one is indoors and if they get wet from the sweat, they may not be that warm anymore.

  5. kestrel says

    @Ice Swimmer, #7: I can only speak for myself of course, but I am amazed at how in the summer, I think 40F is really cold (4.44 C) and yet in the later winter I will consider that “warm” and take off my coat. :-) Also, when I get up in the morning the house is cold and I build up the fire (a wood burning stove) to get the house warmed up. Then when I go out to do the chores in the morning I have to bundle up with coat and boots and gloves and so on. When I come back in, the house feels unbearably hot and I have to damp the fire down… so yes, I think it’s all relative and what one is used to.

  6. Nightjar says

    Cold has to be a relative and subjective concept, because that’s the only way I can understand kestrel‘s comment that 4ºC ever feels “warm”… :-D
    Now, 15ºC (59F) sure feels cold in the summer and warm in the winter. I think it all has to do with the temperature range and the climate we are used to.

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