The castle even looks like a happy return! I like all of the images: Here the path beckons drawing one one across the river (moat), into the castle. It feels very welcoming. The Lv gives the feeling of having moved into the scene while the Ci allows us a deer's eye view across the river. Looking at the lake in the map view made me realize a big value of moats, they not only provide security from outsiders but also supply water. GLF, Pat
Everlasting (2019/12/09 06:27:00): what a lovely term of phrase, 'a deer's eye view', I have never heard that used before but understand immediately why you use it living in close proximity to deer
Ice gives a little mini history: After pond freeze, it's been windy scattering leaves and branches, then a bit of snow now the sun makes the smaller leaf cast such a sharp shadow that it looks like a cut. Next the side light casts long shadows and turns shaded areas blue.
I think the third may be my favorite. I like the green tones, the three sword-like blades and that frozen bit of fluffy seed on the stick in the upper corner. It looks like a little star. ......and here's another mystery. What sheltered the ice to produce just a snowy square? Finally I appreciate seeing your whole, not-so-small pond. Clearly a day of winter fun. A choice for me. GLF, Pat
Soon we obviously will know winter, real winter, only from our archieves ... Your photo shows it as it should be and a wonderful and impressive landscape. The layer of clouds is the cherry on the cake here. A good contribution to our theme of December!
Greetings from wet, grey and cool Westphalia!
This walk along the pond seems to have been inspiring. All the photos of your little series, all the shown details, illustrate frost, cold and somehow even silence in a wonderful way. Winter - real winter - is a beautiful season ... This series goes to my TOM choices.
Greetings from grey, wet and cool Westphalia! No winter in sight at all ...
This must have been an interesting and impressive river cruise. The people in foreground give the impression of being there to the viewer. These mountains in background simply are breathtaking. According to the ship traffic this region alreadyseems to be crowded by tourists ...
Greetings from wet, grey and cool Germany! No winter at all ...
Oui on dirait que la vie du site s'en va avec l'hiver.
Je reconnais y être également peu présent mais vraiment trop de boulot en ce moment.
j'aimais bien cauterets. Quand j'étais gamin on y allait souvent skier le dimanche.
Absolutely great series. The #8 should deserve a pano version for sure. All the pictures with the bears are also fascinating.
A bit dangerous no ?
Dyerco (2019/12/08 20:57:33): I did try a pano but I guess my megapixel count was too high because it threw me out and I thought I had lost the whole post. When I went back to gallery the images were there minus the pano.
Great stitching job. I would not have guessed it was a composite !.
Look also strange having the waterfall frozen while the surroundings are so green.
plimrn (2019/12/08 18:42:32): Merci pour votre temps. Le vert est principalement de la mousse (qui ne semble avoir besoin que d'eau pour rester verte). Bien sûr, il y a des arbres à feuilles persistantes et des lichens jaunes. P
What a great natural spectacle! By help of stitching 4 photos - you did it skillfully! - you were able to show us the dimensiions of this waterfall in an impressive way. This must be a worth visiting and amazing place.
Greetings from grey, wet and cool Germany! No real winter in sight....
plimrn (2019/12/08 18:37:33): .......and our winter is receding fast, temperatures are well above zero day & night and are predicted to remain warm. Thank you for your comments
Sorry I missed commenting this one earlier. The pale sky gradient and the bright mountains make a fine background for this anchored float plane. The long days make sleeping somewhat difficult but I can't image being there in winter. I did observe that most of the local residents with whom I spoke typically had a sunny vacation early in the year. HLJ x 4, Pat
Both images are great but I do prefer the closer proximity of the bird to the apple in your main. Your apple is a great! We have seed and suet feeders out, populated mostly by chickadees and nuthatches. Stellar Jays come periodically and somebody eats the apple cores that I put out. I will try an apple soon. The apple makes a much better image than an ugly feeder. Thank you for the excellent idea! GLV, Pat
So I've been going through looking for an image that I missed to comment, I found two that I missed the 'like' button and now here is one that I liked but didn't comment. I'm guessing from your comments that this is a cathedral that many have visited. The light and color is your usual perfection although the framing is not quite as balanced as your usual image. GLV, Pat
so you are now in Ecuador, the only South American country I have visited. the details and cours of the flamingo are great I am not sure of the composition though. Why not crop it down even further seeing as you don't have its legs, so the flamingo fills the frame, he looks it the right direction, I think it could work and be much stronger for it.
Chris Holt (2019/12/08 02:01:43): Hi Elaine,
Cath agrees with you, so that's two against one :).
In the original image I had the leg disappearing into water and a reflection which I didn't like. The reason I cropped it this way was I thought a short straight line offset the curves of the body plumage and especially the neck.
All the best,
I wouldn't like to meet these guys on a dark night, but they make a fine for the theme. I have never heard of this custom, here in the Netherlands we have Sint Nicholas and his controversial black piet's on the 5th December
Very nice series of the preholidays spirits. All the decorations and atmosphere, getting us ready for the actual holidays. the weather looks pretty cold judging from what the people wear, but the light is warm and cheerful. The main post is the most attractive. The pano version really give us a better impression of the overall market with cheerful lights before dark.
Awesome series, it is such an incredible experience to see them in the wild, especially when they congregated at the river during the salmon run season. It is hard to predict when the peak will be. Each year is different and we can only be there for a few day and you have to plan it way ahead of time....
We were pretty lucky we have seen many when we were in Alaska, both grizzlies and black bears...
Beautiful contrast of the icicles from the dark blue background. We're still contemplate where to take the kids to see and experience the snow and winter in the next few months. Perhaps, the Eastern Sierra or local mountain in So Cal.
plimrn (2019/12/07 21:02:43): We got our usual Thanksgiving snowfall. It usually means we'll have snow on the ground until spring but it's melting like crazy. Mt Bachelor has a kids ski free deal however the limitations are significant. They used to have a wonderful new skier deal but it seems to be missing at present. Here's a link:
When I was here some 20 years ago, I did the tour, at that time it was not as busy, but when I was here again 5 years ago, it was like a zoo, we didn't do the boat tour it was just too much, you don't feel the beauty of the place. Anyway, we hike along the river instead, but the smaller motor boats everywhere ruined the moments for me, although the landscape is beautiful regardless. You did the best of the image, especially in black and white.