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24/11/2015

Looking for beauty


Ice is starting to cover our lake.




Water on the ice and some reflections:




There is beauty also in this dark season and we know that the light will start to return very soon.

On a cool autumn morning, raindrops glisten like diamonds. This photo was taken a year ago, but I wanted to share it again.




Yesterday it looked for a moment that the clouds were parting and there was a hint of a blue sky visible. It brought to my mind this photo and one of my favourite quotations:

"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn't it be? - it is the same the angels breathe." Mark Twain in Roughing It (1872).




Osallistun näillä kuvilla Pieni Lintu -blogin MakroTex-haasteeseen.

Tämän viikon teemana on "harrastus". Aiheen innostamana valitsin ensin urheiluharrastuksen ja otin lähikuvia tennispalloista ja mailan jänteistä, mutta ei se tuntunut hyvältä valinnalta  -  onhan tämä puutarha- ja luontokuvablogi. Sitten tein retkeilyaiheisen postauksen (linkki), mutta en osallistu sillä haasteeseen, koska kuvat eivät ole minun ottamiani.

Nämä kuvat liittyvät siis... valokuvausharrastukseeni! :) Niin usein kuin pystyn, kiertelen ympäristössä telezoomin kanssa ja yritän löytää kaunista ja mielenkiintoista kuvattavaa. Pidän kauko-objektiivilla kuvaamisesta, koska se tuo esiin näkymiä joita ei muuten tulisi huomanneeksi.

Koetan löytää kuviin värejä ja valoa ja tunnelmaa. Kunpa kuviin voisi liittää myös luonnon ääniä ja tuoksuja tai vaikka raikasta ilmaa! Tänä syksynä on ollut ihanaa ulkoilla leudossa säässä ja puhtaassa ilmassa.




Adventtiaika alkaa aivan pian.




There are only few days left till the first Sunday in Advent! Yesterday I went to cut a Christmas tree in the forest and brought it home. We will put it up in front of the entrance and decorate after some days. It will be lovely to stay outside in the darkening evening twilight. One can spend blissful moments there contemplating the stars, or the clouds, or the Christmas lights...




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34 comments:

  1. Good morning Sara:) You made my day more beautiful!

    I simply love pre-winter images of your winter wonderland ♥♥♥

    Hugs and kisses

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  2. Aivan ihana tuo kuva lumesta ja korsista jäällä.

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  3. yes, there is beauty to be found everywhere...and you are really good at finding it! gorgeous images and words! and the way you described your tree sounds wonderful! to be spending time outside, in the cold, thinking and reflecting... beautiful!

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  4. Olen nuorempana pelannut tennistä. Pelkkä pallon ja mailan mainitseminen sai lihasmuistin muistamaan miltä tuntuu syöttää pallo tai odottaa kaverin syöttöä. Vieläköhän sitä jaksaisi pelata? Vain maila ja pallo puuttu!

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  5. Kauniita kohteita olet löytänyt. Lumi tuo kauneutta ja valoa. Tuo havunoksa jolla on pisaroita on aivan upea. Mukavaa viikkoa!

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  6. Ihanan rauhaisia nuo järvikuvat.

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  7. There's a whole new world out there when you look through a telescope or a tele-photo lens; you've discovered that wonderland in the unpromising gloom of November.

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  8. When you have an eye for it there is beauty everywhere. I love those pictures of nature just before winter and the quote of Mark Twain is wonderful too.

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  9. Your posts are so beautiful and melodic Sara, you may not even realize it but reading your posts and looking at your marvelous pictures is like reading poetry and it is therapeutic I tell you! You do have a very artistic side you know? I hope you will post some photos of the tree once decorated. I'm sure it will be fabulous. Buona giornata cara amica <3

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  10. Kameran ulkoiluttaminen avaa uusia maailmoja, linssi etsii sellaista, mitä silmä ei näe, jonka ohi kulkee niin helposti. Kuvistasi löytyy nuo taianomaiset hetket.

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  11. Kaksi ylintä vie mennessään, ovat niin ihanoita!

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  12. Oh the beauty you have captured! I so loved seeing these images and I love twinkling Christmas tree lights!

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  13. Valokuvaus on ihaan harrastus. Siinä yhdistyy myös paljon muuta kuten luonnossa liikkuminen.

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  14. Oh I adore Christmas trees ! Also when they are not seasonal, but just spruces :)

    Luonto on varmaan paras kuviteltavissa oleva harrastus ! Kauneutta, sielunhoitoa,
    ulkoilua, liikuntaa... ja taivas on aina erilainen kuin ennen.

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  15. How lovely that you can cut your own tree, lovely photos as always xx

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  16. Lovely words and photos! I would love to live by a lake again, but I do get a decent sized pond in my yard in the Spring, and I always take advantage of the photo opportunities it presents. I'm visiting from Stephanie's 'Roses of Inspiration". I'm always drawn to the gardener's blogs. I've thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. Have a wonderful day!

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  17. Wonderful photos and words. Beautiful post. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  18. Ciao Sara ,che belle queste immagini!!!
    un saluto dall'Italia

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  19. Kauniit kuvat, valokuvaamin en on hieno harrastus

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  20. You are showing us the delicate beauty of winter. The ice forming on the lake and the little mound of snow around the grass stems make a beautiful photo. Yes, Advent is coming and soon the light will return.

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  21. Wau!<3 Kaunista! Mulla on ihan sama harrastus, ja muutenkin musta tuntuu, että tähän haasteeseen osallsituvat tykkäävät hyvin samanlaisista asioista.:)

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  22. What a beautiful photo's and so nice ethos.
    I enjoy it!
    Have pleasure by the setting up from the Christmas tree!

    With love, Gerry

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  23. Hello,
    I came over through Roses of Inspiration.
    What lovely photos you have.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    :) Hope

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  24. There really is much beauty to winter if you stop to appreciate it, isn't there? I'll be focussing on what I see this winter that I can photograph.
    Sara, this time last year I shared your Mark Twain quote on my Face Book and when it popped up again, it was a nice reminder.....here you too have shared it again. It must have made an impact on both of us.

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  25. Sara, you have captured everything I love about the cold winter months. I hope you have a wonderful advent season with your family and that you enjoy you freshly cut tree. It is a magical time of year!

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  26. Hi, Sara! Beautiful pictures as usual. Do you start to decorate Christmas tree right after first Advent? Will it survive until the New Year? We usually put Christmas tree around 23-24 of December. But time from the first Advent till Christmas Eve is spent for house decoration. This is a nice way to keep holiday spirit for almost month long time.

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  27. Sinullakin on mukava harrastus ;) Ei kuvissa tarvitse olla ääntä tai tuoksuja: kun katsoo tiukasti kuvaa äänet voi kuulla ja tuoksut tulvahtavat nenään.

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  28. Kauniita kuvia!

    with love, Jenni

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  29. Dearest Sara, you have captured such loveliness, such glory! The Lord has given us so much to enjoy and your photos tell the story of His beauty. You certainly have a way with your camera :)

    Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I hope you're able to join us again this coming Tuesday. Hugs and blessings!

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  30. Telellä saakin ihanasti epäterävää. Tykkään kans :).

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