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Icy Stream – River Elbe in Winter

A post from last winter (which was quite cold). So far, this winter was relatively mild, above 0°C most of the time (I am talking Europe here) , but maybe the really cold days will come in February.

The Asifoscope

On river Elbe, ice was drifting, sheets of floating ice. The sun was cutting through the haze, the drifting seagulls casting shadows, and the crows. Crystals of hoarfrost where coating the willow twigs and the tide was piling up the ice onto the sandy beach. There, under the ice, is the summer, the mud, the mussels, the summer’s gentle waves. Now, only the cutting winds are blowing, the cold cutting winds…

The opposite shore

was fog-hidden, I believed

this was the sea-shore

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2 thoughts on “Icy Stream – River Elbe in Winter

    • Thank you.
      This one started a couple of years ago in winter when we had frost and fog at the same time. At the river, one could not see the opposite shore and I came up with a Haiku about it (in German, see one of the comments below the original post). Last year, I then tried to translate that haiku into English. I had to make some changes but the English version is at least similar to the original. I think this poem-translation brought me into the poetic mood and the rest of the text suddenly emerged spontanously. I did not have a photograph that really shows that magic of frost and fog, but at least this is how the river looks when there are prolonged episodes of freezing temperatures.
      This year it looks like all the cold was concentrated in North America. But who knows.

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