Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Festival of the Equinox

vårdagjämning
One of the more poetic words in Swedish, and one of my favorites is Vårdagjämningen. Or in English, the spring equinox. If you have survived another long,dark,snowy, and cold Swedish Winter, Spring is something you long for. We got the first snow fall of the season in late November. Since that day we have had snow on the ground. That is more than 110 days. That is a long time. Last week we suddenly had a few warm days and I was hoping that Spring would arrive. Sadly that didn't happen. The cold spell is back and now in combination with three days of snow fall. This photo is from a couple of days ago. It is the narrow birch alley at Söderby in Handen. Festival of the Equinox.

17 comments:

brattcat said...

this is beautiful. we, too, had the hope of an early spring dashed with a record-breaking snowstorm yesterday. still, we both know spring is coming.

Kate said...

The photo is balanced beautifully with the trees on either side of the path. Celebate the vernal equinox...spring really is here!

Julie said...

I cannot imagine 110 days of snow on the ground, Steffe. And the blue-funk that must put everyone in.

However, this birch alley is a joy to behold. Your eye picks out such treasures for us. In this image though, we must not overlook the power of the carriage tracks, and that delightful 'wobble' out the other end. The perspective ties the image together.

Thank you for your contribution to the Festival of the Equinox. May it warm up for you very soon!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wonderfully symmetrical image Steffe. That really is a very long spell of snowy weather, I have a feeling that in a few weeks you'll be showing us spring flowers popping up all around. Let's hope so..

wilf said...

Beautiful shadows casting on the snowy ground, happy spring equinox!

Dianne said...

Orderly and symmetrical .... lovely balance in this image Steffe but oh! so cold.

Gert Jan Hermus said...

Aaah... Beautiful composition! !I love the shadows in it ;-)


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Linda said...

Beautiful photo! Hope your spring weather arrives soon! It's a little late in Virginia too. We had snow on Monday, it melted yesterday, but the wind has been blowing ever since.

LOLfromPasa said...

Such a beautifully framed photograph. Lovely (as I seem to say again and again. But it is.)

CaT said...

ooh, but this looks so pretty! we had snow too, in boston. spring will never come, it seems.
but we didnt have that many days of snow...

cieldequimper said...

Maginficent photo. Still no spring here...

Stefan Jansson said...

Thanks people. Looks like we are having a blue sky today, but it is still a little to cold for my liking. Spot on Grace I have already taken my first two spring flower photos, it was two crocuses that I spotted in the snow! Now they are buried under the snow...

Been very windy here as well Linda.

JM said...

Fabulous shot! I really like it.

Joan Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful image, like a ladder. I'm with Julie I could not imagine all that snow. But even with our mild winters we look forward to spring.

Buck said...

A beautiful, wonderful path to spring!

Merisi Vienna said...

Beautiful birch alley, make me ponder why they trees were planted so close together.

Birches are such beautiful trees, in any season. Do you have wild daffodils in your area?

Stefan Jansson said...

I have asked myself that very same question several times. Very unusual. It goes uphill from here and ends at the entrance to the old Söderby Estate. We do have "Påskliljor" here, but it looks like it will be a week or three before I can see them. There are a few growing close to the old tree.