Nearing the end of the year

Christmas is over and I hope that you spent nice and peaceful holidays. Generally I do not enjoy the Christmas time much but this year it was different and I feel deep in my bones that though I’ve gone through many difficulties lately, there is also the good I’ve received and I’m grateful for that.

During Christmas, dense fog was covering our surroundings and we were staying at home a lot. Yesterday sun appeared at last and we were eager to go out for a walk. It was a welcome opportunity to brush dust off my camera, though I knew that the road we follow on our walks in the village is always the same and there is not much to expect. Yet I managed to capture a few shots that caught my attention and it seems to me that every picture could tell its own story.


A meeting… that would be a caption chosen for the photo above.


In autumn, the village’s inhabitants were invited to come and pick sea-buckthorn’s berries for a charge in the local sea-buckthorn “orchard” but as you can see, there might not have been enough interested people. Plenty of berries stayed on the shrubs.

A nice decoration though, adding colour, isn’t it?

Have you ever encountered a magical forest? Darkness and light may tell spellbinding stories there…


Look at the autumn-like and snow-less weather we are experiencing these days. I loved the colours and light shining through.



If I saw the scenery in the photo above in someone else’s photograph, I wouldn’t recognise it. How little attention I pay to my surroundings and how much my own photos help me to be fully aware of it.


The photos above and below this paragraph were taken from almost the same spot, just perspective is different. Taking a few steps left or right, forward or back, turning the position of the body or angle of the camera… I need to realise again and again that perspective can make all the difference in the world and it’s always good to make that effort.


How do you feel while nearing the end of the year? I feel the urge to wrap the year, put it behind and embark on a new journey. A journey that will be new but will continue where the last one ended, being enriched by all the good and enlightening I met along the way. I hope that I will have more time to come here, to share my posts and enjoy yours. Thank you for coming back and leaving your nice and warm comments on my posts throughout the whole year.



    1. Roy, thanks for sharing your perspective. That’s true, it’s just a change of date and I always perceived that in that way. This year I’m feeling it differently and don’t know why. Perhaps I’m trying to separate the old I don’t wish to deal with any more and the new I hope that will be better or at least different…

    1. Marysia, you said it perfectly. Our photos may or may not be liked by others but anyway, they have their value if we feel they show or express something enriching us. Of course, if they are appreciated also by others, that brings added value… 🙂

  1. This was a fun set of images, Petra. My favorite was the "Magical Forest." I wasn't familiar with sea-buckthorn. Maybe the fruit will feed some critters through the winter. The lighting in the last photo is very pretty. As for the new year, I'm not one to make resolutions; but I do find that the sense of "starting fresh" as we enter a new year lends an atmosphere of hopefulness to the whole thing. We can put behind us the failures of the previous year and hope to experience more personal victories in the new one.

    1. Linda, thank you. I’m so glad you liked the “magical forest”, I found it quite “special”. 🙂

      Gardeners are encouraged to plant shrubs with berries like these that birds can eat during cold winters so I guess these ones will surely have their importance.

      I never believed in separating the flow of time according to old and new years but the older I am the more it helps me not to set goals at the turn of the years but to realise what I’d love to change in the new year, what to keep going and what to be grateful for from the old year.

  2. Red

    Not only do you live in a beautiful land but you get some great photos to show it off.
    I've missed your posts this last while and look forward to more in 2014.
    Best wishes for 2014.

  3. I love how you tell a story with your photos. Thank you Petra for a wonderful year, full of knowledge, stories, history and photos. I do hope you will continue to keep doing so and I love your posts. Take care and Happy New Year to you and your family. Lilly

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