The beauty of grey skies

By December 24, 2015Exploring, Weather

grey skies, Søvang bathing bridge, Dragør. Copyright Maria Fynsk Norup
Before the rain. Søvang bathing bridge, Dragør

The December weather this year has been truly strange and unseasonal! Here on our island cherry trees have started blooming and the bulbs are sending up green leaves. Roses are still flowering, vying for attention amidst the fairy light adorned evergreen trees. Unfortunately the sun is mostly hiding, and the skies are grey and hanging low – but then it IS the season for staying inside, cozying up with loved ones, tea, crafting and board games.

Although we miss the traditional white winter weather, we really do enjoy that full winter gear is not needed every time we go outside. And the grey skies still makes for pretty pictures (but please send a smidgen more frost please?). So I’ve decided to embrace and celebrate the greyness with a round-up of some of my favourite grey skies shots from the past couple of years – preferably with clouds for that extra drama!

When the clouds lend mystery a hand…

 

grey skies, fog, Ærøskøbing. Copyright Maria Fynsk Norup
Those days when we were all hidden in fog. Ærøskøbing, Ærø

That empty feeling… 

 

grey skies, Voderup klint. Copyright Maria Fynsk Norup
Undecided afternoon weather. Voderup Klint, Ærø

Forces of nature at boiling point

 

Scottish highlands. Copyright Maria Fynsk Norup
The magic of mountains. Scottish highlands. PS: see more images from my trip to Isle of Skye here

So… cloudy days are okay, I think! But never the less I,m still crossing my fingers for a patch of white winter this year ;)

Great ways to while away a grey day indoors:

Reading: “Shades of Grey” by Jasper Fforde – always ingenious, amazing and fun, this chromatic tale of a society where one’s fate and status is determined by your level of colour perception is one of my favourite Fforde novels.

Drinking: Anything hot in my gorgeous cups from Danish ceramic artist K. H. Würtz

Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Ruth says:

    Hi Maria, I am not a fan of grey skies, although I do love clouds (maybe this is a bit contradictory) but I need to say that your pictures really emphasized how much beauty can be in a grey landscape. Congrats! Love your blog. Ruth

    • Maria says:

      Thank you so much Ruth! <3 And thanks for following along here too dear! It makes me happy that you appreciate the photos despite not being a big fan of grey skies :) I'm not a huge fan either! But living in this end of the world, I've found it to be necessary to make some peace with all the greyness ;)
      Much love xxx Maria

  • Søren Davidsen says:

    Hej Maria
    Tak for dine fantastiske billeder, fra en af de smukkeste øer på denne klode.
    De vækker en masse minder, følelser og ikke mindst tanker, fra min egen tid på Ærø.
    Jeg tilbragte hver eneste sommerferie (7 uger) i de første 15 år af mit liv på koloni ude
    i Oldemark, og fortsatte sidenhen med at komme på øen.
    Boede i Ærøskøbing i et år fra 1979-80, hvor jeg arbejdede for den lokale murermester.

    Jeg er københavner (Amager) med Ærø i hjertet og blodet, ..og jeg synes det er vildt spændende
    når andre, falder for øen og vælger at bosætte sig.

    Jeg er også lidt nysgerrig, ..hvorfor valgte i lige Ærø.?

    Glæder mig til at følge din blog se flere af dine billeder fremover.

    Kh. Søren ;-)

    • Maria says:

      Hej Søren,
      tusind tak for din fine besked! Jeg er rigtig glad for at høre at du nyder billederne fra Ærø – og kan godt forstå at øen er gået dig i blodet efter så mange ferier herovre :) Det var præcis det, der skete for os også. Vi startede med at komme herovre i 2011, som hus-sittere i sommerferien i min venindes forældres hus på Lindsbjerg. Både min mand og jeg er store naturelskere, og kombinationen af naturen herovre, den utrolige umiddelbarhed hos beboerne, det kreative miljø og den dejlige ro – og vi var solgt. Da vi sidste år endelig kunne sælge vores lejlighed i Kbh kiggede vi både i Kbh og omegn, men endte med at konstatere at det vi gerne ville have faktisk nok lå herovre :) Så vi tog springet, min mand fandt et job, og så flyttede vi i juli. Og har ikke fortrudt det ét sekund! Det er skønt med hav, natur, et givende og kreativt samfund (hvor folk, som vores 8-årige kommenterede forleden, rent faktisk hilser på hinanden ;)).
      Mange hilsner fra den lille ø,
      Kh Maria

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