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Frosty morning on the lane

























































There's a tranquility over the land when the morning is icy. You can hear it before you even leave the hammock. Everything is slower to stir. Except me for once, as these are the days I love!

The little lake is like a cauldron of steaming broth at the centre of the valley. The swans seek out the first rays of light and move with it. The mist rises and clears to the east, burnt off by the weak winter sun.

A distant tractor starts up with a bit of coughing and spluttering. The Robin is first on the scene and little by little come the songs of the rest. Blackbirds begin their swooping, the Heron flies in low against the land.

But in that first breath of the day, there is a beautiful empty silence. If you were here, and you heard it I think you would wish, like me, that time would linger for a little longer before we all have to go on into the rest of the day.





37 comments:

  1. Good Morning Catherine

    Those images have transported me to my childhood in Ireland. You capture the tranquility and beauty of this beautiful day.

    Thank you for this joy
    Helen xx

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  2. What a wonderful way to start the day! The tranquility comes across beautifully in your photos. Good morning!

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  3. Wow. I can just feel the snap in the air and the chill on my face. Excellent photographs, as always.

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  4. oh. this was heaven.
    like a massage for my soul.
    thanks for the little roadtrip
    alongside your lovely heart,
    Jennifer

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  5. I aoke to the same sort of scene her on Vancouver Island the other morning. But Alas! my battery in my camera had died! At least I can see it through my memory and your lovely shots. Yes it is a beautiful hush at these times. Cheers.

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  6. So beautiful and poetic. I love the way frosty morning make me slow down, take a breath, and realize how fragile and yet enduring life is. Lovely as always, Catherine.

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  7. I love these frosty days too. This is a beautiful post.

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  8. I'm back in London, working on a book with hard, dark, difficult content which I'm trying to contextualise and make transcendental. This has helped. As has Diane's comment about how 'fragile yet enduring' life is. Thanks, Catherine. I think Jennifer's found the perfect image for your blog - 'a massage for my soul'.

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  9. Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed my snow play photos but they were a bit rubbish compared the scenery in daylight. I can't send any snow your way but it's still all here and yesterday we had a lovely sunny day so I went out photographing for an hour and have some lovely snowy landscapes coming to my blog in the next couple of days which you might enjoy!

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  10. love these pictures... thank you for sharing them

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  11. I had to look twice - I couldn't work out if that was freezing fog or steam gracefully gliding across the lake...it is very beautiful and mysterious.

    Nina x

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  12. Your frost lane feels so calm and peaceful . I look seeing the mist hanging over the water, it is so magical!
    Sarah x

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  13. OOO beautiful Catherine... fabulous for the soul!!

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  14. A foggy frost is my favorite. The way the fog wraps each blade of grass and then freezes there like a thin white, glittering shell. We had some here today too and I forgot my camera when I went out! dang!

    Your "lane" in absolutely magical.

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  15. If I were there..and right there with you - I wouldn't make a single sound. Just let the landscape do the speaking. You live in a land of magic. So beautiful!!!

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  16. The perfect photos to bring with me to dreamland. Aren't we so, so lucky to live here?

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  17. I love when the sunrises and all is quiet...a perfect time to linger...I loved Ireland and your views reminded me of my travels although I never saw it in winter...what a beautiful place in all seasons.

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  18. Dawn on a freezing day, and time taken to watch the mists clear, has to be my favourite way to start the day.

    Gorgeous pictures as always :)

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  19. For me this is the best way to start the day, I never get bored of it. The tranquility, the empty silence, the rising sun and just me and my dog..... It's always a bit of a problem to express myself in the English language but your words appeal to me. I like the same things.

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  20. Stunning Stunning photos! Suzy from RusticVintageCountry x

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  21. I love to watch the mist rise in the morning.A magical time

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  22. What serene, beautiful photos. I'm just waiting for the bread to be done in the oven before heading out (again), this time for a walk with the dogs. Silent & peaceful it won't be - one doesn't like people and the other isn't keen on other dogs! Usually we take them to the woods where we don't see anybody, but today it's out of our reach. Enjoy your frosty world.

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  23. What equisite images. Serene, beautiful and a perfect way to start the day. Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my post at Vision and Verb. Big messy hug gratefully received and returned.

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  24. Wonderful photos. Our weather hasn't been anything special.

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  25. Lovely photos, as always. I like how you are able to capture your location so perfectly. There is something similar, yet different in your photos. I can relate but I experience something new.

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  26. I DO want to linger longer. What a beautiful vista you have! I would never tire of it!

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  27. 1 and 3 are my faves, and credit where it's due on a cold and frosty morning...

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  28. Ohhhhhhh. See, the road DID rise to meet you! I closed my eyes for a moment and felt and heard it all.

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  29. A kindred spirit~ I too treasure the silent morning and cherish the stillness of winter.

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  30. wonderful photography, that is the Ireland that I know and love. Lizzie x

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  31. Oh my, what beautiful pictures you take, and such scenes painted with your words! Something tells me I'll be returning to this space. A happy Sunday find indeed!

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  32. Your photography is simply beautiful... love the frosty lane...

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