Sunday, 22 December 2013

Towards Salzburg on an Ice Fog Morning
Merisi's Viennese Escapes


Ice Fog Morning
Woods covered with hoar frost,
captured from a moving train,
between Vienna and Salzburg
Photographed 18 December 2013
© by Merisi

27 comments:

  1. Oh, it does look COLD!! I'm glad you were on a train and not driving, Merisi!! Wishing you a very beautiful and Merry Christmas!! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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    1. It had been foggy that morning, and as I walk to the tram, I had to be careful not to slip. The fog had formed a thin layer of ice on the sidewalks, and the street crews had only started to sand them. No hoar frost in Vienna, though, that I saw about an hour and a half later, closer to Salzburg already.

      Merry Christmas, Sylvia,
      Merisi

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  2. Merisi, those icy views are so different from the alarmingly warm weather that has been bestowed on NYC this weekend.

    Still...your views and words reminded me that I have also been on a train on the route you mention.

    xo

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    1. Warm Christmas is not what we are dreaming of, and I hope your Christmas will be wonderful and maybe a little cooler, after all!

      A trainride from Vienna to the west of Austria is always a visual delight, and especially so through winter wonderlands. Merrry Christmas, Merisi

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  3. How this wonder takes me back . . . photographing from another moving train from Mittenwald to Salzburg. If all had gone well this year, I might have run into you in Salzburg. We were planning to go there as a family for Christmes but my almost granddaughter-in-law, a micro-biologist, has to work. It was all of us or nothing, so we are sweltering here instead.
    Have a wonderful Festive Season with your family and 'grüss bitte Salzburg von mir'.

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    1. I was on the train more than once, to meet other friends coming from afar, would have loved to see you too this year. Let's plan for next year!
      Wishing you love and peace this Christmas. I am thinking of you,
      yours, Merisi

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  4. That is so beautiful especially when viewed from the train! Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.
    Sarah x

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    1. Yes, I agree, riding through winter wonderland on a train is a beautiful experience. A very merry Christmas to you, too,
      Merisi

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    1. A beautiful sight, not seen too often around Vienna.
      Happy holidays to you and yours,
      Merisi

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  6. Ice is beautiful, but frightening to me, having gone through ice storms as a child. Hope you are safe and warm.
    Sam

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    1. Sam, hoar frost needs certain atmospheric conditions, high humidity and below zero Celcius overnight, along that line. It is different from ice storms, which are truly dangerous.

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    2. "Hoar frost (also called radiation frost or hoarfrost or pruina) refers to the white ice crystals, loosely deposited on the ground or exposed objects, that form on cold clear nights when heat is lost into the open sky causing objects to become colder than the surrounding air. A related effect is flood frost or frost pocket[2] which occurs when air cooled by ground-level radiation losses travels downhill to form pockets of very cold air in depressions, valleys, and hollows. Hoar frost can form in these areas even when the air temperature a few feet above ground is well above freezing. Nonetheless the frost itself will be at or below the freezing temperature of water."
      (Quoted from Wikipedia: hoar frost)

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  7. A great day to be inside under blankets

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    1. Oh no, that's when you want to get out into the fields or woods, too beautiful to miss. Atmospheric conditions are not too often just right for this kind of winter wonderland. ;-)

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  8. Just beautiful. Ours is anything but a winter scene...it is 70 degrees F here in NJ. So thank you for sharing yours...safe travels and Happy Holidays!

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    1. Oh, Francis has already lamented the warm weather you are under right now. Incredible!

      I have been on the (rail) road quite a bit this past week, but now I am home and warm and safe. Happy Holiday to you and yours, Merisi

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  9. Winter wonderland. Simply gorgeous.

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    1. Yes, I enjoyed it immensely. xxx

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  10. We get hoarfrost here as well from time to time... it's beautiful.

    This shot is like something from a dream.

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    1. William, it felt as if being in a dream. I reminded me of a similar train journey,from Rome to Salzburg, long ago. The whole stretch from South Tyrol over the Alps, down to Innsbruck and on to Salzburg looked like a white dream. And I remember my dad picking me up at the train station.

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    1. Peaceful, you are right. I don't even remember any noise, strange, isn't it?

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  12. Looks like a fairyland. ;-)

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  13. Beautiful!
    Were you going to visit Margit?
    It is absurdly warm here.
    Yesterday it was almost 70'F

    Warmest greetings!

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  14. exquisite! frohe Weihnachten!

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  15. Amazing and frosty. A winter wonderland.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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