helleborus near winters end

Andre, Black And White Photography, Photography

You know, in the past I told you a bit about these nice plants. They are known as Christmas rose, because of their blooming time which starts in about mid-December.

This year, they were blooming the whole winter, and still do. But, in the meantime you can see, they had to pay their tribute to the winter. The blossoms don’t look that nice anymore. There are holes in the pedals and they look dirty and ugly in some parts. That’s why I picked this image from my archive.

This morning (while preparing this post for scheduling) I read an article in a news magazine summing up this past winter. The author wrote, the average temperature in Germany was +3.5°C. A winter without winterly weather. During winter 2006/2007 we even had +4.4°C on average in Germany. In Wikipedia, you can find some statistical data on the average temperature during winter even for the last centuries. So, in the period 1761 to 2017, there was an average temperature of  −0,2 °C (1961–1990: 0,2 °C). But, you can also see, that there were some peaks +2,7 °C in 1795/96, +2,3 °C in 1821/22, +2,9 °C in 1833/34  or +2,5 °C in 1868/69. But there were also some negative peaks: −5,0 °C in 1939/40, -3,9 °C in 1941/42, −4,6 °C in 1946/47 or −5,5 °C in 1962/63. You see, varying of average temperatures is normal, but there are some further conditions to consider. How about the amount of rainfall (snowfall) and the physical condition: liquid water drains away quite fast while the snow keeps the soil warm and saves the roots of plants from freezing during icy nights. At the end of the winter the snow cover dews slowly and the soil is able to absorb the water much better to keep it for summer (fill up the groundwater reservoirs).

There are some advantages and many disadvantages. First, plants and animals have more time for growing their descendants (fruits and offsprings). But, vermins also have more time. And, while it is still possible to get some frosty nights ’till April/May, sprouts can grow anew, while blossoms and fruit sets usually can’t be replaced when perished by cold.

 

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Limbs, Branches and Stems

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

A Lakeside Study © Steven Willard

A lakeside study, Woodbury, Connecticut.

Olympus OMD EM1MkII with 40-150mm f2.8 Pro zoom, processed in PS Express and Snapseed.

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Frozen pond with grass

Photography

Frozen pond with grass © Steven Willard\

The nearby pond has been frozen over for more than a month. In that time it has partially thawed and refrozen, been snowed on several times, and been rained upon. Each event has left its mark as textures and patterns that change daily and offer an endless variety of subjects for a photographer.

Olympus OMD EM1 MKII with 40-150mm f2.8 zoom, processed in Snapseed.

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fenced

Andre, Black And White Photography, Photography

People along the coasts try to save the beaches from getting lost during storms. So, the try to break the water streams by putting wooden piles in the sand.

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Waves

Andre, Black And White Photography, Photography

When standing on the beach and watching the waves rolling in you can every now and then find things. In the surf, you can find stones, shells, algae or other sea plants and even human waste. At the same time, the surf washes away footprints or any other mark in the sand. Heavier waves are able to form the beach and even the coastline anew. This happens usually during the winter storms.

Two and a half weeks ago, a new year started. A new year comes to us just like the waves on the ocean. Some waves are small others are bigger and some even might be shaking the foundations of life. You won’t know in advance what the year will bring to your life. You also won’t know in advance, what it will take from you. But, you have to take it and you have to cope with the changes.

So, I wish you a happy new year and may a gentle warm wind strengthen your back and dry up the tears remaining from the past year.

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