Saturday, 23 February 2013

Walking on the breathing, blue ice

 
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

Aloha Friday Blog Hop
 
Weekly Top Shot #71
 

35 comments:

  1. Wow, talk about scary! So glad you didn't fall through. Its so cool to see where I will be in the next year or so, even though I won't be there when there is snow.

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    1. Hi Yolanda, it was a bit spooky to stand there and listen to the sounds of the ice.., good everything went all right. You're trip will be exciting ... Remember to take lots of pictures!

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  2. Simply beautiful! I love those tall silver birch trees against the white snow and blue skies :)

    Thanks so much for taking part in the Nurture Photography Challenge!

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    1. Thank you for hosting these Nurture Challenges, and all the tutorials alongside!

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  3. SO gorgeous... the chilly light of winter is perfect! Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #71!

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    1. Thank you Madge - I enjoy joining your Weekly Top Shot- blog hops!

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  4. Spectacular shots!! The birches in the golden sunshine is particularly beautiful. I loved your story too...though I'm sure a little terrifying to you.

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    1. Thank you Diane, it was a it terrifying moment, the sound was a bit scary.

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  5. Herlig bildeserie dette!
    Flotte vinterbilder!

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  6. These are excellent shots of the beautiful side of winter.

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  7. I love how you've shown us how beautiful winter can be.

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  8. Beautiful lines in the second photo, man that's really cold.

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    1. Thanks Anna / Yes, it's it's rather chilly ~ lots of layers of clothes keep you warm.

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  9. Lovely sequence....am gaining more and more appreciation for winter's beauty through these blog hops♫ Happy Week-end♥ My Top Shot effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/02/tic-tac-toe-skyscapes.html

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    1. Thank you - I love your idea of using sun glasses before the lens - so creative!

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  10. Beautiful photos! I love the sound of the ice cracking, moving and melting. There is nothing like it. It can be dangerous so I am glad you are okay!

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    1. It he sound is very unique, a bit mystical and deep ... Nature at work!

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  11. I am so glad you were careful on the breathing blue ice; it definitely would not have been fun to have fallen into that cold water....

    These pictures are just awesome. Thank you for showing us how beautiful winter is in your country......

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    1. Thank you Nancy, I'm happy that my parents taught us to respect the nature!

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  12. Wow, pretty scary sound to hear when you are out on the ice! Lovely and wintery shots!

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    1. Hi Jeanne, it was a bit scary hearing the ice yawning... A very special sound and situation.

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  13. Beautiful images - there's nothing quite like a snowy blue sky day in winter. I've never heard ice shift before, I'm glad you recognized the sound - that's a little scary!

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    1. Thank you Karen, it was a bit scary moment, in the winter wonderland landscape

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  14. those are really gorgeous photos - love how white and sparkly the snow looks

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  15. Breath taking photos.. #2 and #5 my favorite.. Keep warm and safe in your walks..
    Hugs

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  16. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous! So many inspiring an beautiful winter scenes. Thanks so much for joining Rebecca and me in the Nurture Photography Challenge!

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  17. ohhh those birch trees are to die for with the snow... wonderful set

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  18. I just LOVE your birch trees. I've decided to play this week too.

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  19. Beautiful. Lovely snow and the out building with hare tracks... a winter's dream! Thanks for sharing!

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