Snow upon snow

Snow storm 2012

Snow storm on snow – Dalkeith

Leaves on snow - Dalkeith 2010

Oak leaves on snow

Iron Mills Park 2013

Snow layers on tree

This week Skinnywench set weather as her word a week photo challenge. Initially I thought I had no photos of weather, but then I remembered that snow counts as weather, and another of my elemental galleries was snow on snow, so here it is.  The first photo was taken in the depths of a bad snow storm after  week of thick snow had already fallen and I just loved the way it was piling up on the fence posts. The second two were taken in the calm after the storm.

There is something about snow which I find very soothing, the way it muffles sound, and paints the landscape with a fresh coat, free of blemishes and holes. It brings a bright under-lighting to the world it covers, and gives us a  stunning muted palette, with occasional wild splashes of colour bursting through. Hidden far below in the earth are next years seeds, waiting for the suns warmth to bring them to life. The snow makes us pause, along with the natural world around us. It slows us down, and makes us think a little before we set off on any journey. It’s also beautiful to watch curled up on the warmth of a window seat, nursing a warm up of tea, and being thankful for the glowing heat of the fire.

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About greenmackenzie

Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home with my husband, my son and a collection of cats and dogs. I am forever snapping shots of things which catch my eye. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist, and run the Maggies Highlands Cancer Centre, in Inverness, Scotland.
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22 Responses to Snow upon snow

  1. Absolutely gorgeous images. I love them all!

  2. Snow layers on a tree is my favorite.

  3. Morrighan says:

    hi there, i have nominated you for the liebster award! http://wp.me/p2GxHb-1Aw

  4. ladyfi says:

    Lovely shots! I especially like the last one.

  5. Tvor says:

    I love snow pictures! These are lovely

  6. I can see you all appreciate nature’s white paintbrush, and none more than me, as snow is a rarity. I was in Talliin a year ago, and they had heaps of snow, and as it was melting, there was a crash of tons of snow from the high roofs in the old town. Nearly clobbered us. Is snow slip a problem in your parts too. (I have no knowledge of these things)

    • It can be a problem if we get lots of snow building up. Our old slate roof has snow boards on it to stop too much slippage, and to protect the guttering from being pulled off when the snow slides down. A couple of years ago we had a terrible problem in our area with icicles which had grown enormous and were quite dangerous when they broke off!

      • I can imagine this would be dangerous. But icicles are amazing and beautiful things. At least from my perspective. And the problem with the snow. Slippage was a phenomenon unknown to me, until I was nearly hit by 30 kgs of snow slipping off a roof in Talliin, Estonia, one winter!

  7. Yes, soothing and turning down the noise of the world. The colour white is also serene, and as you say, any flaw is blown away and the earth is all clean and resting in this beauty. i always go crazy when they salt the roads and everything is melting into a black and brown mess. Up north they just let the snow stay as it is – that’s beautiful. You get used to driving carefully…We have a thing about time here. Why the hurry? Great photos.

    • I agree about the gritting…..it makes the snow dirty and spoils the clean fresh look 🙂 We seem to need it on the main roads though or they get blocked and vehicles get stuck…especially on hills!

  8. Joanna says:

    What great photos! I wonder what the landscape will look like tomorrow.. fresh wet snow is falling right now. Today I was struck by how dark the paths and the mud suddenly seem when they appear through melting snow. The eye gets used to the colours of white during the days the snow is on the ground and it is quite shocking when the earth appears again.

    • That’s so true. It’s like some one turned on extra lights when the snow is lying fresh and white, and the all of a sudden they switch them off and the world looks darker and more gloomy. I also think things look messy and cluttered once it clears, as I got used to the smooth clean finish of the snow. Lets hope it stays white a little longer….it’s more cheerful than dark wet winter 🙂

  9. nuvofelt says:

    Our snow had started to melt this morning. We drove through the countryside and I was reminded how dismal it makes things look once it is well on its way out. Two hours later it had once again painted the landscape – Looks as though it’s here for a little longer.

    • Oh I get so sad when the snow melts and all the blackness shows through again….I think we are getting more here tomorrow, but it hasn’t completely melted yet. There is an old saying that when there is still snow lying on the ground there will be more to fall from the sky 🙂

  10. agbl says:

    Nature is beautiful! I like your snowy photos.

  11. Northern Narratives says:

    I really like the first photo. It truly captures the beauty of snow.

  12. Nothing like new-fallen snow to slow us down so we can think, quieten the noise so we can listen, and clear the air so we can see the long view…

    • Indeed, couldn’t put it better myself Maurice 🙂 It’s a great time for looking inwards too, and finding that small quiet voice within, which usually gets ignored in the midst of a busy life.

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