Snowed In – In Search Of Hidden Beauty Part II

Winter is in full swing here in Vienna, the cars are snowed in, the children are having fun and my walks have a welcoming silence to them.

snowed in

The world is calm and soft under a pristine blanket of snow, sounds are muted and speed is reduced.

The Last Christmas Tree

Time to clear the air and the mind. Just let the white take over for a while.

Images: my own


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60 Responses to Snowed In – In Search Of Hidden Beauty Part II

  1. Tatiana says:

    It’s been years since I’ve been anywhere with snow. I used to love the muffled quiet that came with a snowfall. Thanks for sharing your photos and your experiences.

  2. Sandra says:

    Loving the snow today! I just cannot get enough of it. This is a proper winter this year. Wonderful pictures Birgit – they look so peaceful.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It is a proper winter indeed. I don’t get ecstatic about the snow in the city (my car is lost to the elements), but I’m trying to give in to the beauty of it all and just relax about the other stuff. 🙂

  3. Ines says:

    Sou, you’re snowed in as well? 🙂
    I was just thinking how I wrote a post on the amount of snow we had in December that was a first for Zagreb, but now we have another record fall of snow. Not that I mind. I’m enjoying both the quiet you mention and the smell. 🙂

  4. Civava says:

    We have snow to our knees. Only dogs and children are so happy about it. I would be happy to if I needn’t go to work.

  5. poodle says:

    Living where I do, I hate snow. Maybe if I didn’t have to risk life and limb to get to work in the snow and ice I’d feel differently but when I’m out there at 6:30am shoveling it is hard to like it much. It’s okay on the weekends when I can just watch it fall and deal with it after. On days like yesterday I had to shovel out to go to work and then had to shovel my way back in when I got home because my driveway has just enough of a slope to it so you can’t get up it sometimes if there’s just enough snow. Work ruins everything. I envy people who get to stay home on those days.

    • ringthing says:

      Ah, Poodle, I’m sorry and I sympathize. For twenty years I worked at schools that were always a half hour drive or more and I had to be at work at 6 am. So many times I would slog away to get there and arrived to find school had been cancelled! The superintendents that made those decisions took their sweet time. The only good thing about unemployment is not having to get up at 4:30.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I hear you, poodle! The unearthing of the car is horrible! Thankfully here in the city we can also rely on public transportation, I would despair if I had to shovel every day. It’ll pass… and to find a silver lining – you don’t have to work out on those days. 😉

  6. lucasai says:

    Here where I live also a lot of snow fell in the last few days, everything has a fluffy white cap.

  7. Mahesh says:

    Not so much snow yet in london. Its all melted whatever fell at very cold though!

    Guerlain songe is keeping me warm though… the smokey myrrh… I’m hunting for more.

  8. Annina (nina) says:

    Beautiful pictures! I live in an area that gets a lot of snow. We had a big storm in December, and it’s rumored that may get one next week. I love the cold, quiet power of a good blizzard. I am reminded that even as we have such avanced technology, we can become powerless to mMother Nature’s wiles and be forced to slow down – at least for awhile. Here, there is a ‘we’re all in this together’ mentality when we get a big snow. Everyone and everything slows down.

    • Olfactoria says:

      That sounds really nice actually (as long as no one gets hurt by the storm of course!). But I’m also always reminded of Stephen King’s The Storm of the Century… 😉

  9. brie says:

    Like Poodle I am not a big fan of snow for I am no longer playing in it but rather shoveling my very long driveway and it is exhausting! but thank you for putting it all into proper perspective for looking at the snow on the evergreens this morning outside my kitchen window was indeed a glorious sight!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m trying very hard to keep that positive perspective in sight, since I’m not overwhelmed with joy either, I’m freezing so easily and all I want is to stay in, but that does not fly with my children who want to bury themselves in snow for as long as possible. 🙂

  10. ringthing says:

    I love winter and cold dry air and lots of snow. Sadly, we are entering the second year of drought where I live and while it’s cold we have little snow. Every time snow is forecast it seems to miss us which is disappointing. I love the smell of a fresh snowfall.

  11. Suzanne says:

    Your photos capture the stilling qualities of snow so perfectly, Birgit. The choice of black-and-white was well made and really adds to that feeling.

  12. Beautiful photographs, Birgit! I love black and white photography. I forget sometimes that you can still do it with digital cameras.

  13. Lady Jane Grey says:

    And I’m snowed in at the Wienerwald…

  14. YAY!! See you SOON! We leave tonight!!
    Portia x

  15. Alexandra says:

    No snow here yet, but I love new snow, I can stand and watch it fall for hours (preferably with something warming to drink and a roaring fire). There is also a wonderful smell just before it snows…

    The pictures are lovely and I believe London is due to look something like that tomorrow…

  16. Tara says:

    Like Alex said, we are getting serious snow (to us anyway) tomorrow and Saturday. Like you and others I love the muffling effect it has and of course it’s gorgeous to look at from indoors. If it makes getting to work too tough I’ll re-direct the phone to my mobile and stay in, so I’m lucky like that.

    I LOVE seeing pics of Vienna. It looks like such a beautiful city. Can’t wait to see more.

  17. ginzaintherain says:

    Muffled, beautiful, and strangely sad.

  18. I’ve lived in the deep South all my life, and snow is a rarity, deeply desired but only a dream. Once I was on a trip to Chicago, and as we were nearing the airport you could see snow outside the little windows. “SNOW”, I yelled, excitedly, much to the amusement of the Chicago natives. To them it is a yearly challenge.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It must be strange to live without true seasons. But at least you also miss the negative aspects of lots of snow (as the Chicagoans undoubtedly would confirm).

    • brie says:

      May I add Anita that if you had experienced the two freak snowstorms we had this October and last October in the Northeast (we had no heat, running water or electricity for five days with two adults and three children in our house) you would be happy with just the beautiful sunny days in the South LOL! 🙂 !!
      Yet I can understand your wanting to experience snow as there is something quite magical about it… as long as it does not take away the “luxuries” (heat, electricity, toilets,etc) 🙂 !!!

  19. Undina says:

    Beautiful pictures! For me it’s all the snow I’ll see until the end of the year when I plan to go to mountains for a couple of days – just to spend those days “in Winter” (last time I did it, I think, two years ago).

  20. Eva S says:

    Winter really can be such a beatiful season! Right now we have a lot of pristine white snow, and all the trees are completely frosted with it, the branches looks like perfect white lace. And we actually get a glimpse of the sun now and then to see it by! It makes up for the bother of taking a shovel and ice-scraper to the car, and -28 C.

  21. Can report snow in London! Slush now and I am PRAYING it does not turn to black ice. Wrap up warm girls and boys! Thank you for the thoughts Olfactoria.

  22. Julie says:

    Send some of your snow here in down under. We are sweltering in record heat. A bit of Pamplelune does help though.

  23. Dionne says:

    So interesting to see other people long for snow, it’s a helpful perspective that there is beauty in it as well. I’ve been feeling grumpy about January, but your simple comment about going for walks in it gave me an aha! moment. I’ve been fighting a nasty viral thing the last few weeks and haven’t been getting out, I think a walk in the river valley will do me some good. Thanks for that, Birgit. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Dionne,
      I’m sorry to hear you have been unwell.
      I can totally understand that you have the more uncomfortable aspects of snow on the forefront of your mind, but giving in to the beautiful side can be very liberating (there is nothing one can do about it anyway, so one might as well enjoy it).

  24. Vanessa says:

    Lovely photos, all the more moody for being in b/w. We have snow here, and I am happy about it, because I don’t have to go anywhere by car for the next few days, and I can just stomp up to the local shop in my wellies. But I would be stressed to the max if I had to fly or drive any distance at the moment. : – (

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