Wednesday, December 12, 2012

All Is Covered In Ice

It's bitter cold today and everything is covered in ice. The jackdaws and rooks look even blacker against the winter white of misted sky. A perfect day for hot chocolate and hot chestnuts. I have the hot chocolate but not the chestnuts... yet.


The earth frozen now. All the water that fell only a couple of weeks ago has gone, though there are glimpses of it remaining in solid puddles.

So much beauty visible in skeletal forms and delicate lace of ice crystals.
Even the barbed wire was transformed into an object of fairy tale wonder.
The pictures above were taken yesterday. Today the frost is even more spectacular. I went for a morning walk to soak up the magic.

I've been having a little breather over the last week or so. November was the busiest I've ever been so I'm recharging, getting the Christmas decorations up and doing some of my own Christmas shopping.
The house is beginning to look pretty and most of the cobwebs have been removed, much to the spiders disgust. But I'm sure they will make more soon.
Birds have taken up residence in the garland above the fireplace and there are reindeer on the branch in the dining room.
Just the tree to be put up this evening now.
I hope your festive preparations are going well?

27 comments:

  1. Your photo of the web with frost is magic, thank you for sharing your world!

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  2. stuynni9ng photos karen!

    Leanne x
    talesofsimpledays.blogspot.com

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  3. What beautiful photos. Even though it's so cold, I love the frosty magic of winter.

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  4. Frosted beauty!! Wonderful photos!! Enjoy the Season

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  5. Jack Frost certainly delivered just in time for your birthday! I have written my cards and posted all but one (one of yours) way too nice to send.

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  6. Such beautiful pictures, Karen - simply magical. Good to see this wintry weather celebrated - so many people grumble about it. (Yes, it is cold, and inconvenient - but oh so beautiful).

    Love the snowfall on your page - I thought I was imagining it at first (I'm not, am I?!)

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  7. Ooh Karen, such beautiful, beautiful, pictures......
    I love your music so much too!
    Sending greetings of the season and thank you my cards were beautiful!
    Love Maria x

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  8. Wonderful photo's. My youngest son has been taking his own winter pictures and is longing for snow. We have brought our tree in but are waiting for eldest son to return from London to decorate it. Hope you have a magical Christmas. Karen x

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  9. Oh, a post full of my passions! Mist- obscured trees, skelletal plants, beautiful frozen world. I love how the animated snowstorm here plays with the photos. Enchanting. Thanks for the beauty. This weekend I'll be putting up the Yule tree...

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  10. Beautiful images of the frost. Of course, on trees it is always special.
    Enjoy this lovely lead-up to the holidays. :)

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  11. Oh, makes me miss the snows of New England... not much in the way of frosts out here on the edge of California. Your work is stunning, fills up my heart. thank you!

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  12. P.S. That spiderweb, frost-rimmed, is outstanding. I've never seen anything like that.

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  13. Astonishing photos of the icicles! So magical and pretty but oh so very cold! :) Happy belated birthday Karen!
    Jess x

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  14. So wonderful to see all these icy images. I kept exclaiming one after the other. Where I live (the southern United States) we never see this type of thing, so stopping by your blog was really a treat today.

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  15. Thanks everyone for your ccmments. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the frosty pictures. I do so love this kind of weather. It's raining and has warmed up a lot now here. Easier on the heating bill but no where near so pretty. :) x

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  16. What absolutely stunning photographs! Just ... wow!

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  17. I come back to this post every time i need a bit of winter magic, amazing!

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    1. Lovely to hear that Victoria. I hope the pics inspire new jeweleries. x

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  18. Reading your post a little late; it is lovely to see the hoarfrost photographs. I hope we see a few more days like this before the spring.

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  19. Ohmygosh!! I just found your blog through Polly's giveaway- these are some incredibly amazing photos! I live in Auckland, New Zealand so we don't get crazy snow or ice here. It's gorgeous and I would love to have a white Christmas like that! Hope you had a great Christmas ^_^ xx
    www.rhiannonstone.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Rhiannon.. Welcome to my little place on the web. So glad that you enjoyed the photos. Frost like this is quite rare here, so it was a treat to see for me too. :) Happy New Year! x

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  20. I found your blog through The Enchanted pixie. You are so talwnted and hope to add some prints of yours to my walls soon <3

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    1. Hi Shelby... I'm glad that you found me. :)

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