The best gift this Christmas was the possibility of spending the holidays with the family.
My aunt, cousing and his family had travelled from France to Finland to my parents.
I cherish the moments we spend together - the walk on the blue, breathing ice, among others.
It was a high-pressure weather with clear skies, sunshine
and cold air ... around - 20 C / - 4 F degrees.
One afternoon I went for a longer walk with my cousin,
by the birch forest to the nearby lake.
It was fun trying to recognize the foot steps on the ice
- we're pretty sure that a few hares had crossed the lake before us.
As my cousing was standing still and taking pictures,
we heard this strange low, booming and yowling sound ...
... the sound, I remember vaguely from my childhood ... the sound of ice moving.
"Walk slowly towards the shore!", I yelled to him.
It wasn't very deep right on that spot where we were,
but we were not going to risk falling through the ice!
As out boots got wet, we discovered,
thet the ice was covered with water under the snow,
We walked slowly by the shoreline back to the forest,
talking and taking pictures ...
- and listening to the mysterious, groaming sounds of
the blue ice breathing.
Blue/ Breathe is the theme of the 4th week in
Rebeccas (Bumbles and Lights) and
Kristis (Live and Love Out Loud)
Winter 2013 Nurture Photography Challenge.