spotted in Lapland

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Snow. Sun. Long open roads. Sauna.
Additional bonus words: no reindeer, not enough coffee, Sunday drivers, not enough snow, domestic tourists, sauna!!!

… of a walk on water!

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was quite convinced that today we would be on the ice 🙂

We were – and a great time was had by all. Especially when we found this tasty morsel…

Look mum, no body!
Look mum, no body!

Tomorrow will come a proper gallery and all sorts of sunshine and bright white snow pictures 🙂 (and dog pictures, don’t forget the dog pictures!!!)

Night photography is not something I’ve mastered yet, so please take my word for it when I say that we are enjoying cloudless skies night and day here.

Sunshine and snow make great partners and put a little zip into your step. For some this in an upside 🙂 others are not so excited. For me, I like it when the temperature drops to minus double digits, morning walks start to sound like excursions on top of polystyrene! The sea close to our home is starting to look safely frozen and good for walking on. I’ll put money on people skiing on the frozen sea tomorrow. While the ice fishermen have been out there for a while, I tend to wait until there have been many days of decent freezing weather before I venture out there. At least the dogs will have some decent free roaming time!

This week the temperature dropped once the cloud cover disappeared. From a balmy -2 (celsius) on Sunday to a brisk -13 (Celsius) tonight (Tuesday, February 7th at 21:15!). While it’s really nice for sledding and skiing, snowman construction at this temperature sucks – the snow is too powdery and no good. At least the natural skating rinks will stay in good shape while it’s so cold!

Instant ice rink - just add water
Instant ice rink – just add water
Night photography attempt # 1 (in a snow storm)
Night photography attempt # 1 (in a snow storm)

 

Whether it’s a person, a building or an abstract shape, show us something that exists harmoniously with its surroundings.

This is the brief for this week’s photo challenge Graceful.

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Up close and personal

This is could be cow parsley or giant hogweed – either way it’s dead for winter and the flower heads collect the snow very nicely! Gracefully even….

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A change of perspective

I think I’ve done all right here…

Paws for Noa
Paws for Noa

For my Names challenge posting I presented the dog tags and asked the question – which dog belongs to which tag?

Now is the big reveal – Noa has the paw print and Perry has the bone! I have spent the last two days trying to manipulate dogs and tags to be all facing the camera at the same time. This is the best I could come up with… 😉

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