Monday, 18 January 2010

La Loire in January

...fresh snow in Touraine...



Of the whole wonderful year we are affered year after year, January and February are the most difficult months for me...like for many others in the northern hemisphere. I am actually of opinion that the human was also meant to hybernate for the months of January and February, it will be an easy act for me! I have come to accept it now by, after fighting it for many years, and I know when March hits, it all changes; I wake up from my sleep, stretch out and move into the light. So you'll say I'm wasting two months? Probably. But then I do make up with gusto, the whole rest of the year!
In the meantime, life is still good, Beautiful. Especially the Loire.
This season we had exceptional snow and the Loire was spectacular, welcoming the opportunity to show off with swaggering flair.

...melting snow on a sunny day...


...footsteps...


...gentle winter flow...


...reflect...


...blanket of snow on ice...



8 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Gosh - that does look different from last October!

Lindsay said...

Ronell, I love how your beautiful river looks this month. I can already tell the light is starting, ever so slowly to shift.Happy Hibernating....I wish you a cozy quilt, a hot toddy and lovely books to read.

vivien said...

oh me too! I don't like the dark days and the cold :>&

Lovely photos though

Jeanette said...

I agree with your hibernation theory. I'd be there in a flash and not move til more like April or May here.

The river is beautiful in her winter clothes. The little reflections on a small thawed portion is wonderful, like a window into spring.

annie said...

Beautiful river. And even more lovely to look at when I try on your idea and think, now I will just cozy up in that bear skin and hibernate until spring... until I start wondering if my grandson will come visit Gramma, later, today, and what he has been up to. But it was a refreshing nap and we all need something like that to help us through the cold and dark winter hours.
annie

Sarah Wimperis said...

love the reflection, actual and thought wize. I get a big buzz out of winter but I think you might be right, we are vunerable in the dark months and it is good to mind that!

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Thanks everybody...nice to know I'd have company in my cave...should I get a little lonely..!
Actually, I think the winter gives much more scope for real GREAT art...much more than spring and summer where and artist can produce "nice/pretty" art. Maybe it is the hardship of winter that draws out the raw beauty of nature ,the force/power of it, the essentials. Even photoraphers find their biggest challenges and satisfaction in winter photography.
Now if only I could muster up the motviation, I could profit on all I've been thinking here and paint something with real winter substance...zut! So, come on Sarah...give us something with winter buzz!
Ronell

judy said...

Beautiful Ronell -- I love seeing your corner of the world in winter!
Your photo with the reflection is totally enchanting.