Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I would share a bit of my experience of walking in a winter wonderland while we were 'back home', over the next few weeks. Now that we're ensconced in the warmth of a southern winter once again (and I have an internet connection speed that most people take for granted), I thought it time to follow up on that promise.

A few days before Christmas I revisited a place not far from home to see it in a winter setting. At that time it looked like we were in for a green Christmas. Jack Frost had certainly left his mark on the area, but then on Christmas eve, possibly as a result of all the "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" jingles that had been raised heavenward in the weeks before, the landscape received a nice white blanket of the stuff. Talk about dreams fulfilled just in time.

So I re-revisited this place the day after Christmas and marvelled at the transformation that had taken place. And I marvelled at the Creator of this beauty “for in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17

(10-22mm  f8.0  1/15 sec  ISO200)

(10-22mm  f11  1/50 sec  ISO200)



BlueShell said...

Oh, man...THAT is GORGEOUS!!!!
Thank You for Sharing.

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Beautiful images, Rick, love the snowy one. I agree, He's done wonderful work!

biebkriebels said...

What a difference it makes with or without snow, but both pictures are great.

Riet said...

Prachtige plaatjes Rick.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I am glad you went back there again. The snow makes everything look magical. I love it.God paints the best pictures and we get the privilege of capturing them with the camera.WOW!

Lúcia said...

Wow, it's impressive (especially because you know, there's no snow here)!
I like the fact you choose carefully the same spot.
Well done Rick! :)

Marty said...

avec ou sans neige, je trouve les deux photos wonderful !
retour au soleil now !! how lucky tu es !!
bisous de pluie from France so grey, so sad!! I hope sun demain ???!!

Fábio Martins said...

Huge difference. I prefer the normal station

Amelia's De-ssert said...

Hi Rick, how was your holiday? Guess you must be having a good time with your family beside the dinosaur year internet connection. ;)

Thanks for the link of the autumn scenery, it definitely looks exceptionally beautiful. The most beautiful autumn to admire is Canada, right? I like the maple tree in Canada and not forgetting maple syrup with pancake, delicious.

Your winter photos of the waterfall looks really beautiful. Your photography skill is excellent.
Have a nice day.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Amazing what a few drops in the temp will do to the landscape. :) Lovely, Rick.

magda said...

My dear friend Rick
Moved and tears by the beauty of images and od the words for Creator!
Every day,when I see the beauty of nature, I make the cross and I thank God who gave my a vision.
Many greetings and a hug

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

love those pictures, rick, the snowy image (my fav)is really gorgeous!

i love snow, snow makes everything look magical!

lisa said...

What a beautiful difference a little bit of snow makes. It has been a very strange winter indeed, as here in NY we have only gotten a couple of dustings of snow.

Hilda R.B said...

What a great idea, before and after the snow. You got a beautiful place.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

ioan moldovan said...

As always, gorgeous photos and word inspired!
Thank you very much for your visits and comments on my blog! I am honored!
I wish you a blessed new year for you and your loved ones!
Many greetings!

imac said...

WOW Rick what wonders befall my eyes.

Marja said...

Beautiful They are both attractive but the snow makes it magical groetjes

Cloudia said...

Bracing RICK!

Aloha from Waikiki
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darlin said...

Rick you were blessed to get Christmas snow, we didn't even get that here which is so strange. I love the photos, the snow sure adds to the flowing river. Fantastic shots!

Leslie said...

It's beautiful in both settings...

Soraia Brito said...

Wonderful :D
I love snow!

Oh really? We hope you can fix that problem about following our blog :D

Rick said...

Thank you Isabel - another one of my favourite places !

Thanks, Laura. I'm going to try to get shots there during all 4 seasons.

Dank je wel, Marianne - 't is een mooie, rustige plek.

Dank je wel, Riet. Fijne maandag.

I just had to, Ruth. I had hoped there'd be some snow the first time. You're right - we only need to see it and capture it - the work's all done. Have a wonderful week.

Ha ha Lúcia - I tried to remember where I stood a few days earlier - I think I got close. Thank you for coming by and your (always) nice comments.

Merci so much, Marty ! Yes, back where it's chaud with lots of soleil and without pluie. Je t'envoie many sunny bisous to dry up all that pluie !

Obrigado, Fábio !

Hi Amelia - yes, our holiday was wonderful, and over before we realized it. I've left the dinosaur year internet connection (I like that description !) behind - I hope our new connection will be ready when we return. You're welcome for the autumn scenes - it's truly a kaleidoscope of colour here in the fall - and yes, maple syrup on pancakes is sinfully delicious ;-) Thank you for your very kind words. Have a wonderful week (and thank you for the award - I'll be posting it a little later).

Rick said...

You're right, Nancy - we went from what looked to be a green/brown Christmas to a magical white one. Thank you.

Hello Magda. Yes, it's good to see the Creator in all that He made - for us ! Should make it easy for us to live thankful lives. Wonderful when we have that vision. Have a great week !

Thank you, Betty. I agree that snow can really bring out extra beauty in a landscape. Thank you for your visits and nice comments.

Absolutely right, Lisa (I guess that's why we - in the north at least) always dream of having a white Christmas. I've heard that winter has now made a return up north.

Thank you, Hilda - I just had to go back there since everything looked so perfect. Have a great week.

Hello Ioan, and thank you for your visits and kind words. So nice to have 'found' your blog too and see the world through your lens. All the best for the new year !

Hello Stewart - the wonders of blogging - sharing the beauty in each other's back yards !

Rick said...

Dank je wel, Marja - ja, een beetje sneeuw erop - net zoals suiker op de oliebollen. Bedankt voor je bezoek !

Ha ha Cloudia - it would be even more so if you were there today - it's 6 below zero ! Aloha.

Thank you - we were quite lucky Darlene; we were faced with a green Christmas too - got this just in time.

Thanks, Leslie. I was happy when I went the first time and even happier the second.

Obrigado, Soraia ! (I'll have to go back and try again - likely a blogger problem).