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Sunday, 28 February 2010


The sign on the house translates "Glazier's Workshop".
The picture was edited in Photoshop Elements 2.0

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Friday, 26 February 2010


(The headstone below the tree marks the grave of my great-grandparents.)
"A people without the knowledge of their past history,
origin and culture is like a tree without roots."
Marcus Garvey

Thursday, 25 February 2010


There is not much open water in the river lately for the ducks to play around in, but this dam has become a gathering place.

Sometimes in a not-perfect picture I see an artistic challenge:

Even this one...

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The Graveyard Chapel

We had A LOT of snow over the past weekend.
The snow in the forground is on top of a hedge!

Now these are some "serious" icicles...!
But there is no path underneath them now so no real danger that anyone get hit by them.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010


I had a collage of penguins as illustration in a post entitled Waterhole at my other blog (The Island of the Voices) yesterday. Sandra commented that she would have liked to see them bigger, so I thought I'd oblige. I took these photos at the Zoo back in August last year.

Sunday, 21 February 2010

More Snow (Again)

We've been having another snowstorm over the past few days, with a lot more snow, and strong winds on top of all. And they say even more is coming...

The picture above is from 2½ weeks ago. I tried to go out for a while yesterday but had to turn around, it was too difficult to walk. Well, it's hard anyway to take pictures that will really show the difference. Over the past couple of weeks, many lorry-loads of snow from the town streets have been driven away to more out-of-the-way places. So any pictures taken today would probably look very similar to the ones from two weeks ago. Snowy trees, snowy streets and snowed-in cars, and snow, snow, snow...

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Typically Swedish

A red wooden house with white corners, in rural surroundings - as "typically Swedish" as it gets! Whether we really want that kind of home and life or not, it is somehow inscribed in our national soul as the image of what it should be like...!

Friday, 19 February 2010

Two Winter / Summer Comparisons

Two winter/summer collages from the Nature Reserve behind the Mill in yesterday's post.

The bush or tree that you can see between / behind the two trees in the foreground is a hawthorn. The picture to the right is the same hawthorn in September last year.

Ice formations in the river. The bottom left picture was taken at the same spot in September.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

At the Old Mill

This old mill is situated at a nature reserve not far from where my Dad lives. My brother and I went for a walk there while visiting on 14 February.

The long-lasting cold this winter has created some spectacular snow-and-ice formations in the river behind the mill.

Here's a link to a collage of early autumn pictures from the same place, if you'd like to compare.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Summer And Winter Barn

Left: Mid September. Right: Mid February

Getting closer...

Barn roof with a fringe!

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Under Cover

The rest of this week I'll be showing pictures from a sunny snowy Sunday walk in the countryside.

 Have a guess what this is! (answer below)

Hard to believe that in a few months the inhabitants of these little houses will be busy buzzing about among the flowers again.

Why Do Bees Make Honey?

Honeybees are special in that they over winter as a colony unlike wasps and bumblebees. The colony does not hibernate but stays active and clusters together to stay warm. This requires a lot of food stored from the summer before. Although a hive only needs 20-30 lb of honey to survive an average winter, the bees are capable, if given the space of collecting much more. This is what the beekeeper wants them to do. Bees have been producing honey the same way for over one hundred and fifty million years.

Quote from http://www.britishbee.org.uk/faq.php

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Courtship Collage on St Valentine's Day

“In courtship a man pursues a woman until she catches him”

~ source unknown ~

Thursday, 11 February 2010


As if it wasn't enough that you have to keep your eyes on the ground all the time to watch where you put your feet. Now you have to be constantly aware of danger lurking from above as well!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

A Really Snowy Day

This was a week ago, but there is not much difference.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Mosaic Monday: Experiment with Multicoloured Tulips 2

See more Monday Mosaics at Mary's Little Red House.

If you would like to see more collages by me, the whole of last week here at DawnTreader's Picture Book was also dedicated to collages and "experimental photo art".

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Sunday Art

"Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime."
Martin Luther

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Experiment with Multicoloured Tulips 1

I have been in playing-around mode (mood) this week, using Picasa 3.
Below is the original tulip photo.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Snowstorm Collage 2

Another collage from the snowstorm last week. These are all macro flash shots through the window, and the only editing done to them is putting them into a collage (auto-cropped by the Picasa software to fit the chosen format).

Thursday, 4 February 2010

A Colourful Snowstorm Collage

In the snowstorm last week I got some interesting shots without actually going out. If you like, read more about it in the post Indoor Experiments on a Snowy Day at my blog The Island of the Voices

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Experimental Photo Art

Freshly fallen snow on the spirals of a high chimney created some interesting effects. It got even more interesting when experimenting with multiple collage frames in Picasa...

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

More Snow

A couple of lines from Paul Simon's song I Am A Rock came to mind as I put together this collage:

Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
(These pictures, however, were not taken through the window. I had to go out there to get them!)

Monday, 1 February 2010

Mosaic Monday: A Bouquet of Tulips

To make a bouquet of flowers last forever - take photos! :)
For more Monday Mosaics, visit Little Red House.


Awards given to DawnTreader's Picture Book

Over-the-Top Award from NPT @ The Nature..., 3 November 2009.
More info at The Island of the Voices.

'Blog of the Week' from Brett @ 365 to 42, 9 November 2009.

From Scriptor Senex @ Rambles From My Chair, 22 November 2009

About Me - DawnTreader

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Västergötland, Sweden
(March 2011) PLEASE NOTE that my two main blogs have been moved and continue here: Beyond the Lone Islands and here: DawnTreader's Picture Book 2

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DawnTreader's Picture Book

For this blog, I have chosen a template that allows me to show pictures as big as possible . Some of the things you usually find in the sidebar, you will find here at the bottom of the page instead - Blog Archive, Followers etc.

My camera is a Nikon Coolpix 4600.
For basic editing of most photos and collages I use Picasa 3.
Sometimes I also experiment with some more "artistic" effects in Photoshop Elements or Paint Shop Pro.


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