Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Speaking of brass monkeys ...

I can state with certainty that I am not now, nor am I likely to become, a member of a polar bear club. You know, those people who think it's a lark to go out on New Year's Day and plunge into a hole hewed out of the ice in nothing more than a bathing suit. Having said that, I did find myself outside very early this morning in weather that would have prompted owners of brass monkeys to have brought them indoors. It was -26C and for those who keep score in Fahrenheit, that's 15 below zero. Even Sasha decided that only fools would be out in those temperatures.

I seem to have standing orders to be awakened if there's the promise of a sunrise worthy of being captured on camera. There was enough time to acclimatize the camera and I spent about 40 minutes traipsing around the yard alternating between preventing frostbite in my fingers and capturing the amazing colours.

Sometimes you do what you gotta do ...



21 comments:

Seijastiina said...

Beautiful photos ♥

Kirsti said...

Todella kauniita kuvia :)

Lisa RedWillow said...

wow. Glad you did what you had to do. So Beautiful Rick.

Buttons said...

Those photos are indeed worth the frost bite:) I do hope it warms up just a few more degrees it is a little challenging but beautiful. B

S. Etole said...

It looks like time well spent. These are beautiful.

Hilde said...

Ôooooo, the view is just wonderful!
you got cold fingers but it was worth!
greetings, Hilde

© Piedade Araújo Sol said...

fabulous photos

very beautiful

:)

kiss

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

It does look cold,but also incredibly beautiful.

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelentes fotografias....
Votos de Boas Festas....
Cumprimentos

Stephanie said...

Lovely image!

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

That's cold, Rick, bbbrrrrr.... Ik moet er niet aan denken. But you succeeded to capture nature's awakening gorgeous. It all looks so unspoiled. Really wonderful. The weather here is more like in fall. Rain, wind, grey and dull. Ik wil best wel een dagje met je ruilen. Great shots. Greetings, Joke

MARTY said...

early in the morning est un moment merveilleux and the landscapes chez toi sont si beaux avec la neige ! le soleil se lève avec fantastic colours and we can remercier the sky de nous offrir tant de beauté !
malgré tout, je salue ton courage, but après ce froid, un bon café chaud et la journée sera magnifique!
I wish you un JOYEUX NOEL Rick
et t'envoie des kisses un peu moins gelés !

Pamela Gordon said...

I agree. We do anything in any weather to get great pictures. (except polar dips!) These are beautiful captures.

Lisa Gordon said...

So worth it, Rick.
These are beautiful.

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Magnifiques photos! Très joli post! je te souhaite aussi de très belles fêtes de fin d'année !
Belle journée à toi, et merci de tes visites sur mes pages!
Cath.

Helma said...

Ohhhhhhh.... wat is dit mooi Rick!
Echt geweldig om te zien. Foto 2 vind ik werkelijk schitterend. Ik zou daar best even willen zijn. Wat een geweldige foto!
Mijn complimenten.

Ook voor jou een paar hele fijne kerstdagen en een mooi, gezond en fotogeniek 2014..
Lieve groetjes, Helma

Connie Smiley said...

Fantastic shots, Rick, but I'm glad it was you standing out there and not me. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Halinka said...

Cudowne zdjęcia!!! Zima też jest piękna:)))Szczęśliwych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia!!!

© Piedade Araújo Sol said...

Merry Christmas.

Thank you for your kind words and visits throughout the year.

big kiss

:)

Amelia said...

Hi Rick, Merry Christmas to you and family. Love your beautiful header and the spectacular click. I cannot imagine -26C and you are out there taking pictures... woohoooo it must be freezing cold. :)

By the way, I hope your place is not effected with freezing rain and iced storm? Anyway you take care, my warmest regards to you and all at home. God Bless.

Here I Am Carrie said...

Burr it looks so cold there, but well worth the time. Stunning sunrise. Happy New Year Rick