3× winter coast

Yesterday, 13:30

After having lunch, Annika and I drove to Näsgrundet, where the Baltic Sea had been mostly clear of ice three days before. Still most of the sea was ice-free, only at the coast some meters of new thin ice had formed.

It had started clearing up and the temperatures dropped to -15 °C already in daytime. The cold air over the open water created sea smoke, that gleamed in the colours of the low sun.

Yesterday, 23:00

It continued getting colder and soon the temperature dropped below -20 °C. Before sleeping I was out again, this time to check for an optical effect, that can appear when it’s as cold as then: light pillars. Even though it was round -23 °C I wasn’t lucky, but I took some photos of the Rönnskär industry anyhow.

Today, 8:00 – 9:00

This morning was the coldest yet this winter with temperatures round -24 °C. That’s when I start wearing two pairs of gloves for taking pictures. The inner fleece glove for handling the camera and a thick woollen mitten for staying warm when I just wait or look for motives.

The first motive may look quite boring but I love motives like these: just different cloud layers and ice up to the horizon plus the first gentle sunrise colours.

Remember, this part of the Baltic Sea had been clear of ice the day before. Due to the cold weather it has frozen within a range of several kilometres within less than twenty hours. It still amazes me how fast this process can be.

After I had made the former photo I detected that purple-red spot beside of the island Gåsören. The sun started to rise. I changed the lens and made a telephoto shot. (It’s quite blurred due to the atmospheric conditions)

Then I waited for the sun to rise. And really – after some minutes the sun succeeded to rise above the lower cloud layer. But only seconds later the upper cloud layer, that approached from the southwest covered the red orb again and the sun disappeared for the rest of the day.

Though it was still below -20 °C it started to snow.

5 comments to “3× winter coast”

  1. Johanna 2018-01-23 16:15

    Es ist zum heulen schön bei Euch ……..

  2. way-up-north 2018-01-25 19:47

    Das ist es. Aber das ist es an vielen, vielen anderen Plätzen auch. Einige davon kenne ich, Millionen andere nicht.

    Mir hat es geholfen, eine Kamera dabei zu haben, weil es mich gelehrt hat, genauer hinzugucken.

  3. Johanna 2018-01-25 20:19

    Ich weiß , aber die Bilder versöhnen mich zur Zeit mit Schweden !
    Deshalb sehe ich vielleicht auch alles etwas zu verklärt……nimm`s mir nicht übel :)

  4. way-up-north 2018-01-25 20:23

    Nein, natürlich nicht, Johanna.

    Immerhin hat mich ja Skandinavien so gepackt, dass ich München den Rücken gekehrt habe und 2010 hier hoch gezogen bin. Trotz toller Freunde und gutem beruflichen Netzwerk in München.

    Das war allerdings alles andere als eine spontane Entscheidung. Von der ersten leisen Idee bis zum „ich mach’s!“ sind sechs Jahre vergangen.

    Aber für mich war es genau die richtige Entscheidung!

  5. Johanna 2018-01-25 20:29

    Ach , Schweden und ich ! Frag Annika …….

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