When Winter Just Isn’t Winter

There’s people walking about wearing T-shirts. And cycling in shorts. In Bavaria. In late December. Outside!

It smells like autumn. But it feels just like spring. Even the bees are busy, but busy with what…? Flowers are far and few between. Plant life is dormant. Or trying to be. The poor buzzy blighters can’t sleep – it’s too hot to hibernate.

This non-winter is a tricky situation not just for them, but also for faux photographers like me. Bavaria is pretty in the snow. In absence of a powdery white blanket beautifying the season’s barrenness, there’s usually at least an early morning dusting of frost gracing the trees, making them sparkle in the sunshine.

But this year, with temperatures persistently well above zero, everything is brown and (brownish) green. The gently rolling countryside, though easy on the eye when you’re standing in it, turns into nothing-to-write-home-about snaps of muddy fields and dead bristly bits. And my camera is way too crappy to capture the faint silhouettes of the snow-capped Alps towering above the landscape in the far distance, like ghostly dinosaurs.

I had to re-think my strategy. So, here it is: Big skies, small details, textures and splashes of colour where I could find them. And trying not to get myself arrested while loitering around people’s garden fences.

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Birch trees laden with mistletoe

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And I know you’ve all been waiting for this:

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Mum’s Christmas baking 🙂

 

Some of you may remember that last year’s winter-time shots of my tiny little village and surroundings were wildly different:

A stunning white Christmas: https://ladyofthecakes.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/a-white-christmas-after-all/

Followed by an equally dazzling New Year: https://ladyofthecakes.wordpress.com/2015/01/01/a-happy-new-year-from-narnia/

Apparently, there will be snow next week. Am not holding my breath…

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47 thoughts on “When Winter Just Isn’t Winter

  1. Debbie Smyth

    Now that may have been a challenge, but you have come up with some beautiful shots.
    But I have to say it feels very strange having this warm weather over Christmas.
    Enjoy the rest of your time there. I hope you get at least a little bit of that cold white stuff

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  2. joannesisco

    I too loved the 3rd photo of that fluffy ethereal looking plant. Beautiful!!

    I am really enjoying this no-snow version of winter. The last 2 years delivered enough snow to last me for a very long time.
    … but since it is important to you, I hope you get snow 🙂

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  3. Susan Foley

    Same here in the northern U.S. and I understand that above average temperatures will be the rule this winter. On Christmas I saw people wearing shorts and there were golf courses open. The high temperature was 67˚F (19˚C). The lawns are green but there are no leaves on the trees. I took a picture of my parsley last weekend, two days before the official start of winter:

    (I hope you’ll be able to see the picture. Photobucket was giving me problems this morning.)
    We’ll come back to Earth on Tuesday with our first bout of wintry mix (snow, sleet, freezing rain) that will eventually turn to all rain. Then temperatures will be in the 40s which is still above average for this time of year.
    Great pictures. Your mom’s cookies look scrumptious and I wish I had had more time for baking this Christmas season. I’m making cake pops for New Year’s.

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  4. NancyTex

    It was a green Christmas in Toronto, too. People were out in shorts and sandals Xmas Eve (which seemed a tad extreme to ne). Supposedly cooler temps are coming next week.

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  5. Jackie Cangro

    You did a terrific job with these photos! Not a typical Bavarian winter, but I think you captured amazing textures that would have been lost under a white blanket of snow. The wrinkles in the berries and rough edges of the pine cones are just marvelous.

    It’s really warm here too — there are new buds on some of the trees!

    Happy New Year!

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  6. anenglishwomaninmumbai

    It is the same here in the UK – all the daffodils are out early and bumble bees and butterflies have been spotted along with blooming blossoms and even….shock….. trains running on time! In Mumbai however another strange thing I never imagined would occur has happened – it is so cold at night my partner has actually switched off the AC!
    Lovely pictures!

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Daffs in December??? I am in shock 😦 …the only vague bit of comfort I derive from your comment is that if we’re burning less fuel, and hot countries switch off their aircons, maybe we can slow down this climate change thing. At least by a day or two.

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      1. anenglishwomaninmumbai

        England is making up for the lack of cold back then right now believe me! Minus figures and the river around my boat is frozen! My man in Mumbai is also freezing and reporting temperatures of 9 degrees at night there – shocking – especially considering the lack of heating and tolerance to cold in that part of India!

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  7. Kim in Fiji

    Magnificent captures! I see I’m not the only big fan of photo #3….. what the heck is that anyway? And what is it that looks like marshmallows? And, man alive, such rich reds! You set the bar way, way high! Happy New Year to you.

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      1. Heyjude

        I suspect it is a clematis – they grow all over the place alongside the roads here in UK, but you only notice them in winter when their seed heads coat the bare branches of shrubs and trees. Clematis vitalba (also known as Old man’s beard and Traveller’s Joy)

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  8. Anna

    Horseees! Actually, I feel ya. Moscow’s been the same. It only got cold in the last week and we just baaaaarely received a dusting of snow. This is what Russian (RUSSIAN!!! CENTRAL RUSSIAN!!! Not Sochi or Crimea!!!) countryside looked like when I was flying back from Berlin a couple of days before Christmas: https://www.instagram.com/p/_l8C22g_W7/

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