Wintry magic in the meadows

Shades of blue

Shades of blue

Bundle up.  We’re going on an early morning walk and it’s cold.  In the 20’s cold.  Dress in layers and be sure to include a hat and warm gloves or mittens.  I’m wearing my mitten-gloves with a pair of liner gloves underneath because I’ll be taking photos and experience has taught me to protect my fingers.

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It’s a frosty morning with patches of mist rising up here and there.  The sun isn’t quite over the horizon yet so the world starts out tinted in shades of blue.  As the sun moves upwards, but not too far upwards because we’re nearing the Winter Solstice and it tends to hang out on the periphery of the sky, the colors warm.

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The air is crisp and biting.  The frozen ground crunches underfoot.  A thin sheet of ice lies atop the edges of the pond, reaching towards the middle where, if it stays cold enough for long enough, it will join, solidifying the surface of the pond, and patterns that resemble neurons will form in the ice.

Shades of gold

Shades of gold

Walk slowly.  At a snail’s pace.  Look carefully.  While we were sleeping last night, the fairies were playing in the meadows again.  You might see one of the winter fairies dancing in and out and around the colorful lights.  You might even catch one as he or she puts up new lights.

Fairy lights

Fairy lights

Magic has been once again let loose in the meadows.  If you’re awake and aware and really paying attention, you can find magic out there just about any time, but winter (or almost-winter) is special because that is when the frost fairies come to visit.

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After a while, you won’t even notice the cold because of an enchantment cast by the frost fairies.  You did bundle up, didn’t you?  You don’t want the cold nipping at your fingers and toes and nose and ears while you’re dazzled by the pretty colors and lights.

Holiday lights

Holiday lights

Go on ahead without me.  I’m going to hang out here for a while and watch the lights twinkle.

Golden tinsel

Golden tinsel

Frosty decorations

Frosty decorations

Colorful sparkles

Colorful sparkles

Thursday Travels will return next week if I’m not once again mesmerized by another winter fairy display.

Dazzled

Dazzled

Thanks for dropping in and joining me on another early morning walk.  I hope you enjoyed the colorful, sparkling lights of the frost fairies, and that you didn’t get too cold.  It’s been a pretty day, clear and crisp and bright.  A great day for walking or hiking as long as you dressed appropriately.  Sunglasses are a good idea, too.  As low as it is in the sky these days, the sun can still get pretty bright.

Twinkle twinkle

Twinkle twinkle

Have a sweet and delightful day, night, evening… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.

A frosty and misty morning

A frosty and misty morning

Winter fairy abode

Winter fairy abode

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30 Comments on “Wintry magic in the meadows”

  1. Winter Fairy Abode is FABULOUS!

  2. Phil Lanoue says:

    Absolutely amazing winter scenes!

  3. dadirri7 says:

    oh those faires are too splendid, such beauty in little glimpses, and even with all those warm mittens and scarves it was pleasantly nippy, a welcome change from warm and humid here at the moment …. thanks for walking in the frost before the sun robin, a true delight!

  4. thank you for turning a cold wintry day into a magical romp!

  5. jane tims says:

    Hi. I like the ‘blues’ the best, but then I saw the ‘Winter fairy abode’. It is beautiful, and well-named. Jane

  6. I adore the frost fairies. Lovely, Robin. Enjoying the wintry season vicariously through you. :-)

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Cathy. :) I think it’s going to end up being another mild winter if the future forecasts are any indication. Usually M and I travel to warm up during the depths of winter. We may end up traveling to find winter if this trend continues.

      • Robin, I’m thinking I’d like to travel to find winter, in Prague. However, I have no warm clothes here, so that would mean I’d have to buy some, and I don’t want to do that! :-)

  7. So beautiful…
    We had had our first good frost of the season yesterday…but, as it was a School Day, I spent the pretty hour after sunrise getting Miss Slowpoke through her breakfast and into her clothes. Glad to take a walk with you, and see what I missed! :)

  8. Wow, Robin, these are absolutely GORGEOUS!! ♥♥♥

  9. aFrankAngle says:

    Well done capturing frost on those left standing. The morning’s have been quite brisk – and I hope you saw some of the meteor shower!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Frank. :) I missed the meteor shower, although M swears he saw a meteor on our way home from some last minute holiday shopping on Thursday night. I was looking in the opposite direction so I can’t verify the sighting.

  10. Ohhhh, I love the frosty sparkly dazzling fairy lights! It’s in the 20s here, too. I like your glove and mitten strategy for capturing such magical pictures. Hope you have a wonderful day, Robin!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Barbara. :) I learned to layer my gloves and mittens during my year-long challenge of getting outside every day. We had a very cold winter that year. I went out on a frosty morning and came back in with numb fingertips that became quite painful as they warmed up. It took a few weeks before they felt normal again, and that taught me a valuable lesson.

  11. dearrosie says:

    Brilliant photos Robin! Love it.

  12. So lacy and delicate – magical!

  13. These shots are really magical, I love everything about them!

  14. You capture the best warm tones!!


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