Sunday, December 5, 2010

Gray Beauty, 73/365


Gray beauty surrounded me yesterday.  The warm air clashing with the cold caused mist to rise, creating a surreal atmosphere as one walked around our neighborhood lake.  The above is for Black & White Wednesday - amazing I didn't use b&w film nor change it on the computer.  This IS what it looked like.


One would almost think I was using b&w film if it wasn't for the green lilly pads.


I wonder what these geese thought of the snow and blast of cold after flying so far south to escape such circumstances!


This is our tail wagging, year-round resident duck (or goose?).  He's not much to look at, but he is very friendly.  Does anyone know what kind of duck he is?


Natural Sculptures.  The above is for the Sunday Creative challenge.  This week's word is "frozen".  It is truly surprising that it is this cold in NC in December!  As happy as we were to greet the snow, I hope snowfalls are few and far between.  43 years of "northern" winters is enough for me.

17 comments:

Patty Ann said...

Oh, I do love winter, as long as I am safe and warm inside where I can observe, appreciate and imagine.

Carol Blackburn said...

Awesome photos, Margaret. Love the green lily pads, too.

George said...

Lovely photos, Margaret, especially the first and last. You appear to live in a beautiful place.

Margaret Bednar said...

Patty Ann - it is fun to get out in it and feel the fresh crisp air - and put on the new gloves and hat... but it can drag on and on. And I hate the heating bill...

Carol - The day was so gray - really haven't ever seen anything quite like it before.

George - Those were my favorites too! I took the last because I remember what Ruth said about snow on her dried flowers and grasses and how much I loved looking at them in Michigan. Who knows, we might not get any more snow here in central NC, so I'm glad I took the time to take pictures.

Ginnie said...

The gray days of winter have their own beauty, Margaret, especially if accompanied by white snow. You have some gorgeous winter images here...for someone who has had enough of winter. :)

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful pictures, Margaret! That's a Muscovy duck, by the way.

Linda said...

Beautiful Images of winter....thank you!

Lou Belcher said...

Wonderful photos. Very appropriate for the prompt.

Ashley Sisk said...

These shots make me so cold! That shot of the goose is really interesting. The red on his nose is incredible.

Rosie said...

Beautiful photos - I love the atmosphere!

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

I love the photo with the lily pads.All that monochrome and then surprisingly there is a touch of beautiful green.Just lovely!

Margaret Bednar said...

Ginnie - Like I said, I had a feeling the snow wouldn't last long, so walking around Saturday morning was enjoyable.

Vicki - Thank you for telling me it is a Muscovy. He/she? is very, very friendly. I'm sure the weather is similar (and lasts longer) up in the mountains!

Linda, Lou, Ashely, Rosie, Tierra - The goose, the lilly pads, I just never tire of that little lake or is it a big pond? Thank you for your admiration!

Amy said...

Wow, I love the first 3 photos. They just exude quiet and cold.

Maegan Beishline said...

These are gorgeous images! And that is most certainly an interesting goose! I would be interested in knowing what type that is as well!

Margaret Bednar said...

Amy - It was quiet and serene that day - And not too cold - perfect for bundling up and going for a walk.

Meagan - Muscovy Duck! That is what a fellow blogger told me.

potterthompson said...

Wonderful photography, Grey can indeed be beautiful!

Margaret Bednar said...

Potterthompson - thank you. I think this is the first year I have truly seen how beautiful the land can be without a lot of color.