Sunday, February 7, 2010

Scenic Sunday - Snowflakes in bloom

Today is a winter wonderland .... more so than usual.

Today is really foggy. What's unusual about that? Well, we just don't really get fog here. It's rarely damp enough. But this week we have had three really foggy days - real "pea soupers".

But today the fog is accompanied by some absolutely stunning shapes - fluffy car aerials, quilted fencing and beautiful silhouettes of diamond-white trees.

We had a clear (relatively warm) day yesterday, you know, -2 degrees kinda warm - then the temperatures plummeted and the fog set in early evening and rapidly added a crispy, frosty shell to every surface.

Sometime overnight, it must have snowed - a light flaky snow which then stuck to all that frost.

Fences were so fluffy with layers of glistening snowflakes, you could barely see through them. Now that's the kind of screening I would prefer around my back garden.

The spikey but oh-so-fragile outlines of each flake were clearly visible on every single outdoor item. Yes - I know it is the 7th February, and yes, those are my Christmas lights still up. A mixture of laziness, apathy, cold temperatures and I-don't-have-any-good-excuses really are the reasons. Now stop nagging. It looks cool, huh?

It's days like these that the numerous trees on the city streets really earn their place in the urban landscape. The poor things are barely in leaf here for more than 5 or 6 months of the year, then mostly they are twiggy, bare, grey and forgotten.

Today they leapt out and shouted "Look at my gorgeous figure - sleek and elegant - am I not just so pretty?"

Yes - you are.

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  1. whoa! those are some pretty little formations! Glad you took photos of them, great shots! That frost is so fragile and pretty lookin'!

  2. I just love it when the trees look like that! And don't worry. My Christmas lights are still up too!

  3. Astonishing ice and snow pics. Truly beautiful. Great pics.

  4. Wow Ann, what great photos! Amazing how the snow and crystals got like that. I've never seen that so pronounced before! Very cool!

    The xmas lights still up didn't even phase me. ;-)

  5. I love the car aerial!!! (oh, and we still have the xmas lights up as well)

  6. Absolutely beautiful! What a magical scene to wake up to. And you captured so many beautiful scenes. Hey, no worries about the lights, we keep a couple strands up all year round, my theory is that its light therapy. There is something soothing about them!


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