Aug 212016

April 28. We’ve had snow that late in earlier years. Well, I can remember at least two occasions, one was even in early May. Never before was it that much though.

We had already brought most of the plants out, and it was arranged that in a few days the protective nets for the cats would be strengthened, in order to better survive next winter. They had suffered a little, even though we’d had an exceptionally mild winter.

Well, and then 15 cm of that wet, heavy slush fell down on us in a single day. It was even more in Klagenfurt, around 20 cm, and friends from Rosental, the valley where we lived for 20 years, told us a story of 40 cm of snow and almost two days without electricity.

3077 – Ice Winter Rock

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Mar 222015

Valbruna is a village at the mouth of a side-valley just south of Tarvisio. At the end is this, a steep cliff facing north, a place that looks like the home of winter 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Ice Winter Rock” by Ewan Dobson. Hear it on YouTube.

Feb 032015

When I saw the reflections of the morning sun on snow and ice in the parking area, I was not at all sure that I’d be able to get the effect into a picture. Indeed more post-processing than usual was needed, but I think the result was worth it. I suggest you click through and look at the biggest size, though. Otherwise the effect is pretty much lost.

The Song of the Day is “Snow Glow” by Stephen Green. Hear it on YouTube.

3008 – A Winter’s Night

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Jan 122015

Climate change. These images were made in Vienna on Wednesday. I was on my way to Carinthia, where I spent two icy days.

Saturday we had 14 degrees Celsius, that’s what we normally have in April, only to be followed by frost on Sunday morning, heavy rain in the afternoon, and for the next week temperatures in Vienna are expected to peak out at 8 degrees Celsius.

Crazy is the new normal 🙂

The Song of the Day is anything from Sting’s album “If On A Winter’s Night”. See the performance live at Durham Cathedral.

Jan 062015

Same river, same town, same bridge, same walk. Under this bridge I finally decided I had enough and it was time to go home. May I have an honorable mention for the effort? 🙂

The Song of the Day is one more time “Winter River” by So Far So Good. Hear it on YouTube.

3001 – Winter River I

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Jan 052015

We’ve finally got winter. This time snow and cold came in the right sequence: first the snow, then the cold. This image was taken on a short walk along the river and into town. I just couldn’t stay inside and thought, why not take the umbrella and take some pictures?

Well, I can tell you, in reality the concept of taking photographs amid falling snow is highly overrated 🙂

The Song of the Day is by So Far So Good (that’s the band, really!) and it’s called “Winter River”. Hear it on YouTube.

2980 – Step Up For The Cool Cats

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Dec 152014

Two cats and the new snow 🙂

We had maybe two or three centimeters of snow last weekend, call it an inch if it makes you feel better. Gamer made his first steps in that alien element while Kazuuu displayed the coolness of the experienced.

“Step Up For The Cool Cats” by Palma Violets is the Song of the Day. Hear it on YouTube.

Feb 232014

I still don’t have my new Olympus 25/1.8. Amazon already has the black one, but because most of my other Olympus lenses are silver, I wanted this one in silver as well. Still, I guess it will be in Villach when I return from Vienna next Wednesday.

This image has been taken on the day the snow came. Actually in Vienna it didn’t have much of an impact. It looked nice on the cars in early evening light though.

The Song of the Day is “Freshly Fallen Snow” from the 2013 Holy Innocents album “Letter to Lone Ridge”. Hear it on YouTube.

2681 – Snow Storm

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Feb 182014

Nothing wrong with snow at this time of the year, right? Yesterday we had 15 cm in the morning, and it was wet in the worst way snow can be. It was this kind of snow that seems to melt away when you just look at it. I put on my moon boots, took an umbrella and the camera, and then went out for a walk. Stupid idea 🙂

I simply came too late. The snowfall stopped almost immediately when I left home, turned to rain, and walking in the slosh felt kinda like wading in water.

In the end what you get is an image taken in the morning from our terrace.

Oh, by the way, not only did we have a wet snow storm, we had thunder and lightning all through the night and until noon as well. Can’t remember any thunderstorm in winter that lasted so long. May be my memory though 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Snow Storm” by Amarante, taken from their 2012 album “Fingertips That Would Dare To Paint Ghosts On Dirt”. Hear it from their home page.

2673 – Rain Into Snow

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Feb 102014

The good point: snow was not the problem today. The bad point … you see. I can’t say that it was a photographically fulfilled day. Oh well 🙂

The Song of the Day is “Rain Into Snow” by guitarist William Coulter. Hear it on YouTube.