Wednesday, 20 January 2010

White Winter Wonderland

Last December and the first part of this month of January were particularly cold here in the Netherlands and in Europe in general. There was a lot of snow and frost, too. Everything looked really pretty and with it happening around Christmas time, I think it was a bit magical!

Now all the snow and the ice have melted and we have gone back to the usual kind of weather we have around here: rainy, misty, windy... Winter is not yet over and we might still get to see more of White Wonderland, but in case we don't, I wanted to share some of the photos I took around Christmas time and the first week or so, of this month. You can click on each photo to view it larger:

Ice-skaters having fun in one of the canals of Zwolle

Me taking a walk in the "Kuinderbos", in the Noordoostpolder region.

"Fresh" mushrooms I found while taking a stroll in the Westerveldse Bos, near my house in Zwolle.

A view of the pond in the Westerveldse Bos


A street in my neighbourhood after a heavy snowfall around Christmas.

A bicycle path completely covered in snow and a little girl trying to get home from school, pushing her bike along.

A nice car in the parking area of the shooting club we visited in the Kuinderbos, Noordoostpolder.

A bridge over a canal in my neighbourhood in Zwolle.

Farm houses almost outside Zwolle.
This view reminds me of the Argentinean flag!

I took hundreds of photos which still have to be edited, but I hope that you liked this sampler of the white winter in the Netherlands!

34 comments:

Sonya said...

So so sooo beautiful!! I love the neighborhood and the water ones the most!!! I wonder if we are going to get more snow?

Aledys Ver said...

Thanks, Sonya!! I hope we do! I'd like to see some more snow.. I know it's a lot of inconvenience to drive, travel, etc., but everything looks really beautiful!
Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

que lindas fotos eber...a pesar del frio se ve muy pintoresco

Elise said...

wonderful pictures - the snow is just stunning isn't it - as long as you don't have to get around in it !!!

Aledys Ver said...

Anonymous :o)
Sí, es muy bonito y el frío la verdad que no me molesta para nada!

Elise,
Thanks!! Yes, you're right - beautiful but it can also turn into a real pain...

oranjeflamingo said...

Mooi! I mainly saw the urban snow here in town, so it's nice to see some pictures with all the trees and fields covered in snow! I love the second picture of you with the snow-covered woods. How stunning!

I admit, I wouldn't mind a little bit more snow. ;) Thanks for sharing your photos!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots, Aledys!!!!
Hasta que uno no lo vé no puede imaginarse todo congelado y tanta nieve... qué fuerte, pero es hermoso!
Un saludo y felicitaciones por el blog!!
Claudia

Aledys Ver said...

@Alison,
Here in Zwolle, we get to see more of the countryside, there are so many farms around, not far from the city centre, actually.
Thank you for your visit!

@Claudia,
Si, es tan diferente a lo que nosotros estamos acostumbrados!
Gracias por pasar!

Anita said...

What still suprises me is the fact that in two days it can be gone. You have then to look back at your photos to believe it. Snow can delay the speed of your life (traffic jams, some plants die, your shoes get damaged), but it is so much fun !!

Presépio no Canal said...

Lindas fotos, Aledys! Magicas mesmo!!
Parabens!
Ja vi que vale a pena visitar Zwolle tambem quando neva!
Espero que ainda neve mais! Eu adoro neve!
Beijinhos

Aledys Ver said...

@Anita,
Well, I think that sth that was nice this time, is that it was very cold for quite a time and that made it last for a while. Normally yes, in one or two days is gone!
About the shoes: I got used to my snow boots and then when I tried wearing something else with high heels, I couldn't walk! :o)

@Presépio,
Yes, Zwolle has lots of open spaces, "boerderijen" and forests, so the landscapes are very nice!

Droomvla said...

Lovely, lovely pictures! :)

I think, we´re still gonna have more snow around Feb. I´m still nursing a cold though. grrrrr... lol

Aledys Ver said...

@Droomvla,
I'm sorry to hear you have a cold!
We'll see, I wouldn't mind a little bit more of snow before the winter is over, to tell you the truth!
Thanks for your comment!

Xoán-Wahn said...

Stunning photos! No matter how much I whine for summer when I'm freezing to death during the winter, one look at a photo of snow is enough to make me wish winter would never end. Unfortunately, we didn't get much snow in Ourense this year but some flakes did manage to hit the ground before melting. That's when I was outside dancing, lol.

Orangesplaash said...

Aledys, what lovely photos..specially the one of the Bos. I like the snow too and really enjoyed during the snow fall. The lake behind my flt had completely frozen and it was so amazing to get to walk on the lake :)

Vagamundos said...

Hi Aledys. Really nice Winter photos! Here we still have some snow and it´s expected more to come.
Besos

~Lopa said...

Mooi pictures :)

We have snow here again from last night and so back to while wonderland :)

Aledys Ver said...

@Xoán,
Ourense doesn't strike me as a place where it snows very frequently, does it?
I wanted to see a bit more of snow and my wish has been granted, for it snowed last night!
Thanks for your visit!

@Orangesplaash,
Thanks a lot for leaving your comments!!
For me it's still a new experience to see frozen lakes and waterways. WHere I come from, we don't get to see that at all.

@Vagamundos,
THanks a lot!! We got a bit more of snow last night, it looks nice! how about there?

@Lopa,
Yes, we're back to White Wonderland for a while.
Thanks a lot for your comment!

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Very pretty! I heard this was the most snow the NL has seen in 30 years. I'm glad I was here to see it.

We got a little snow here Saturday night, but it melted yesterday :-(

aggieLap said...

Beautiful photo set, my friend! I'm glad most of us are enjoying this white winter at the moment because although it's cold the snow makes ordinary places look so much nicer! :)

MIGUEL NONAY said...

Aledys, que casi no llego, jeje, sigo en Belgica, y al ver tus lindas fotos y el frio que esta haciendo hoy... y no se si mañana no amaneceremos asi, jejee.

Besitos desde Namur, y te aviso cuando vaya a holanda.

A salto de mata

Aledys Ver said...

@JaPRA,
Yes, it's been an unsually cold winter. And you were here to see it! :o)
Thank you for visiting the blog!

@Aggie,
Yes, all this snow does make a difference! Many people are not happy, of course, about driving on the ice and snow, but at least everything looks pretty.
THanks for your comments!

@Miguel,
Ya estás en Bélgica? Espero no te congeles y que lo pases genial.
Saludines!

buday said...

Brrrrr. That wasn't just a blanket of snow, that was a whole set of beddings! :)
Great pics, Aledys, and you made me grin with that comment about the Argentine flag because what came to my mind was Maradona's uniform, LOL.

Aledys Ver said...

@buday,
Oh dear - what a joy it was, in the olden days, when we could see Maradona donning the Argentinean colours...! And what an embarrassment it is today! :o)
Thanks for your comments!

BLOGitse said...

wow, that looks like in Finland! :)
Here in Cairo the weather suddenly changed cold, at night +12 and at day hard, Northern wind...
But better than snow....brrr...
Have a great day!

A Touch of Dutch said...

Wat ziet je witte wereld foto's er heel mooi uit! Erg gezellig zo ;-) Ik wens je een prettig weekend!

Aledys Ver said...

@BLOGitse,
Yes, I think that it looks like Finland! This winter has been particularly cold and... white! over here.
Thanks for stopping by!

Dankjewel, Isabella!!
Prettige weekend voor jij ook!

Presépio no Canal said...

Go to my blog! An award is waiting for you!
Beijinhos!

mamaayanna said...

Oh that is magical! The one winter I am not there and my parents are visiting me in NY , USA (to experience real winter) and you get so much snow there. the frozen waters, the flat land... oh I miss!!!

Nice post! thanks

Aledys Ver said...

Thanks, mamaayanna!!!

Patricia Sgrignuoli said...

Querida Aledys... al fin pude entrar en tu blog y tomarme un tiempo para verlo... Me encantó como lo tenés armado, hay muchas cosas, es muy interesante!!!! Me encantan las fotos que has posteado, leerlo me llevará un tiempo (si bien me arreglo bien con el inglés te imaginas que no es lo mismo...)
Esta en especial, con tanta nieve te imaginarás que es de las que mas me gustaron (por ahora)... Espro poder seguirlo mas asiduamente....
Besos desde esta más que lluviosa Buenos Aires!

Alejandra said...

Síiiii, siguen los días grises en Buenos Aires, hermosas fotos... la de la segunda foto sos vos??? Besos porteños y lluviosos!!!

Aledys Ver said...

@Patricia,
Gracias, me alegro que te guste! No hay apuro y además, no hace falta que leas todo, sólo lo que te guste :o)
Un beso!!

@Alejandra,
Están llovidos por allá? Y sin luz! Sí la de la segunda foto soy yo.
Gracias por pasar!

Aventurer@ said...

Estimada Aledys, me encanta haber descubierto tu blog, reune los ingredientes necesarios para hacerlo interesante, aparte de unas fotos que me encantan. Y digo esto porque eres argentina y vives en Holanda y esos dos paises son de gran valor para mi, el primero porque lo visite hace escasos meses, fue un viaje precioso por la Patagonia y B.A. del que guardo muy buenos recuerdos y pude conocer mas fondo su idiosincrasia y las bellezas que esconde. El segundo, Holanda, es mi segundo hogar, suelo ir al menos una vez al año pues tengo familia alli y estuve viviendo unos dos años en Rotterdam... Te mando un saludo muy grande desde Barcelona en tot ziens!