it just keeps getting better.
Posted in amsterdam, nature, pia's photos December 4th, 2010 by pia

This morning I woke up to find barrels of plump snowflakes tumbling from the sky. My little floating home is covered in blankets of the stuff, and the canal is a thick frozen slushy, as white as white can be. I could not wait to get out amongst it this morning, to feel the crunch of the snow beneath my rain boots. All this snow has lifted my spirits tremendously. The haze of exhaustion suddenly doesn’t seem as impenetrable, my body not as stiff. My camera though, is on its last legs – it’s been playing up for a few weeks but I have been willing it to work, desperately needing it to to get me through to the deadline. It will only work if I use the shutter release cable, and as awkward as that is to walk around with, it hasn’t stopped me taking these photos this morning, with clumsy gloved hands…

oh, I am a happy girl when it snows.

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  1. Marthe says

    You take the most gorgeous pictures! so calm and wonderful!

    The snow is almost gone here already, looking at your photos makes me miss the mute calmness snow seems to make.

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  2. Shaney Hudson says

    It’s delightful to see so much snow falling back home, and i have been begging my Holland friends and boy for snaps and twitpix all day, so thanks for posting.

    I’m torn between hoping it will stop so my flight can make it back to Holland this week, and wanting it to stay a winter wonderland as it is so lovely.

    Fingers crossed for a white Christmas in Holland!

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  3. Laurie says

    So beautiful! We have no snow here in Toronto yet. 🙁 L

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  4. Tiel says

    The photos are incredible. So wish I could be there to see it.

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  5. Tara Bradford says

    Snowing here too, but not nearly so pretty. Gorgeous pics! Enjoy the beauty. xo

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  6. secretfragileskies says

    oh so beautiful, beautiful!!

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  7. Li says

    wonderful, wonderful photos. the colors lightgrey, darkgrey and white looks like monochromatic. i love it much. the second photo looks like a optical illusion.

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  8. Jeanne Wolf says

    Pia, All across America stores are selling MADE IN HOLLAND EGGNOG. I bought some and added a shot of Rum and found it was so powerful I had to check the label on the eggnog. Our store bought eggnog usually doesn’t have any alcohol in it, but the Dutch Eggnog has about 15%—talk about a merry Christmas!!! Oh My~~~ Another Dutch product to hit the market this season tastes a lot like BAILEYS is CHOCOVINE~~~ another OH MY ~~~~Lots of good cheer coming from the Netherlands!

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  9. celine says

    wow! it is snowing A LOT! We hardly have anything, and we are in canada! these images are magical.

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  10. Will says

    I’ve not had the best week but this post sure has cheered me up a bit. Thanks, Pia.

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  11. gracey says

    beautiful photos! start of a white christmas 🙂

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  12. Amanda says

    Oh Pia, these are such beautiful photographs. The 2nd and 3rd are amazing!!
    I’m glad it finally came. 🙂

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  13. elissa, ebb & flow says

    i had a similar view out my window this morning as well. winter has officially arrived!

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  14. michelle says

    Absolutely stunning! I hope there’s still snow when I get to Rotterdam for NY’s.

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  15. Ariane Reichardt says

    Thank God, dear Pia, that you took these photos these morning! Wonderful…Congrats from Ariane.

    December 4th, 2010 | #

  16. MissHeliotrope says

    I do miss snow.
    I do not miss the grey sludge it turns into.
    Or the aching fingers…

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  17. Bria says

    After seeing your last post, I actually dreamed of moving to Amsterdam last night. I had been accepted to a grad school there and was frantically looking for a place to live… I’m hoping this dream will come true in the next 2 years. Thank you for sharing such lovely photographs to help my dreams along. 🙂

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  18. Eloise (Eloctre) says

    Oh what a winter wonderland it is! Your photos make it look perfectly fictional. I can’t believe such a place of beauty really exists! Thanks Pia!!!

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  19. Cassie says

    You’ve taken me into a completely different world today. I’m waiting for the snow queen to emerge from under the hazy bridge in the distance. Entirely enchanting!

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  20. Sally May says

    Oh my, I’m having palpitations over these winter scenes. To me this is the very essence of exotic. Enjoy your walk and don’t lose your mittens.

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  21. Beth says

    So crazy beautiful!

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  22. Mayya says

    Oh, your pictures just made me so happy. My best trip to Amsterdam was in the winter of 2005 (I think), and it snowed… It was so magical… I was slipping and sliding all over the city, couldn’t get enough of snow-covered canals 🙂

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  24. Lauren says

    this is crazy amazing.

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  25. Leanne T says

    beyond beautiful, seems like a dream to me as we experience high humidity here in Sydney. x

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  26. wendy says

    stunning photographs!

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  27. Regina says

    Hi Pia,

    Thank you for the most beautiful pictures of my city of birth, Amsterdam, they bring back many sweet memories…
    Regina, now living in Sint Maarten

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  28. Marte Marie Forsberg says

    Pia, this is just too gorgeous! What beautiful frosting landscape you live in. Wishing you a great Sunday, with some rest and recharging;)

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  29. vivian hoebe says

    amazing photo’s,
    i was working yesterday in the Utrechtsestraat, it was so white and wonderfull!
    it made me smile as well.

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  30. OrangeFramhouse - Maike says

    just amazing pictures of an amazingly beautiful white Dutch weekend! Thank you for sharing

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  31. nathalie says

    oh, why are u so happy with snow, i wonder=)
    it’s awful, cold, white and grey everywhere…
    come to msk and have fun after all 😉

    December 5th, 2010 | #

  32. Dee Purdy says

    unbelievably, magical pics pia. especially with the added gloved-finger-shutter-release challenge.

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  33. La Boheme says

    Hi Pia, just discovered your amazing blog. What a beautiful photography! Looking forward to following. xoxo

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  34. Natalie says

    Wow! So much snow. Beautiful. You didn’t have to worry last year while you were in Australia that you’d miss it after all! Enjoy.

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  35. kitchu says

    brilliant work. you inspire me. these photos are stunning and i’m glad the camera isn’t keeping you from them!

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  36. Adina Deen says

    oohhh.. this is wonderful..
    only black n white!! love it so much..

    thanks for taking this picture even it so cold out there..

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  37. Mandy says

    Your photographs just keep getting better Pia …. these are just amazing !!!
    I’m sitting in my summer dress on a very warm evening in OZ !!!

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  38. Andreia says

    So beautiful photographs ! I love to see photos of snow!

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  39. Ingrid says

    Waw, I was here in Amsterdam last weekend on vacations. Thanks for these beautiful pictures. They becomes a great souvenir!

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  40. judith b says

    Dear Pia,
    Remember how you were upset about missing the snow last year? It looks like the elements are cooperating with your travel plans this time around! Dreamy, fairyland shots.
    It has all melted in gay Paris BTW…

    xo Judith

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  41. Peter Bryenton says

    Thank you for persevering with your camera. These views of Amsterdam in the snow are worth a look.

    You live on a hosueboat? I have always wanted to document that lifestyle in a series of pictures.

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  42. Peter Bryenton says

    Sorry: houseboat.

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  43. raina kattelson says

    It looks amazing- even makes me wish for snow here in the states (and I have been dreading it!!)
    I never tire of looking at your amazing pictures- thanks!

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  44. ibabe says

    Photos are stunning, so beautiful, they seem to be in white and black, it is as if winter has stolen colours.

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  45. cindy says

    it looks so gorgeous, pia. a real winter wonderland and your photos are as lovely as always. xo, c

    December 6th, 2010 | #

  46. julie says

    The photographs are phenominal! There is just something about snow that makes me relax and become a child again – without a care in the world. Thanks for sharing your beautiful corner of the world.

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  47. shipbuilding says

    I do hope your camera holds out for you and that you have a lovely treat planned for yourself when all the hard work is done…hang in there : )

    December 7th, 2010 | #

  48. and flowers pick themselves says

    you’ve captured the mood of winter splendidly.


    xo Alison

    December 7th, 2010 | #

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  50. Sweet Freak says

    Woah… I think Amsterdam’s beauty in the snow is even greater than Paris!

    December 7th, 2010 | #

  51. Julie-Inspired says

    So beautiful,Pia. The snow has a way of really putting you in the holiday/winter mood. I can’t wait until it starts here…nothing quite better!
    Julie xo

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  52. Dani @ Cat People says

    These photos are so lovely. They make me miss the first snow when everything is so still and quiet. Even though that snow may have backed everything up and no one can get to work or do anything. The calmness from the snow was still a really nice feeling.

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  53. Joy says

    Loving your visual weather report – so much more evocative than words.

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  55. beauty comma says

    pia, that first photo is absolutely fabulous!!!

    December 9th, 2010 | #

  56. Denise | Chez Danisse says

    So amazingly beautiful!

    December 9th, 2010 | #

  57. kms says

    absolutely stunning!!! xo.

    December 10th, 2010 | #

  58. desiree - vosgesparis says

    I love de Utrechtse straat 😉

    December 10th, 2010 | #

  59. la ninja says

    oh, your pictures… fab.

    December 10th, 2010 | #

  60. Annika says

    These photos are so gorgeous. Love how you can almost feel the weather. You have a beautiful blog by the way.

    December 12th, 2010 | #

  61. Femi says

    I saw the first picture on someone elses blog, I knew immediatly that it was Amsterdam! how i miss my city! I’m currently in Boston with no snow! GORGEOUS PICTURES!! keep up the good work!


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  62. Justine says

    I could stare at this forever… xo

    December 16th, 2010 | #

  63. sheila says

    just found your blog and i’m so glad i did – your images are so magical – happy holidays 🙂

    December 16th, 2010 | #

  64. sandii says

    So nice to see the monochrome love of winter, I was thinking it was hell over there clearly not, meanwhile in the sweltering heat…

    December 17th, 2010 | #

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  67. Louise says

    Oh Pia! I was just looking at these glorious pics when I noticed the snow falling across the whole page! From someone who battles with the most basic tech stuff, I have no idea how you did that but it’s beautiful!

    Best of luck with that pesky camera.

    Louise x

    December 20th, 2010 | #

  68. Jill G. says

    I love popping on your blog after a couple of months and enjoying a handful of delightful stories, pictures and projects all at once!

    This post in particular made me smile and even gasp. I love snow. So far this winter, here in New York, we’ve only had a few flurries. I’m just itching for a big, beautiful white storm!(then quietly loathe the dirty, grey clumps of slush the day after) You captured your blanket of white so beautifully. Postcard perfect!

    December 21st, 2010 | #

  69. susanna says

    Ohhhh wow. Your photographs are absolutely beautiful. So soft, calming… And how on earth did you get the snow to fall? I feel as though I’m actually there with you. So glad that I found you through Crescendoh this morning.

    December 21st, 2010 | #

  70. Eva says

    I’m a happy girl when it snows too! Your photos are lovely and so is your blog!

    December 22nd, 2010 | #

  71. Jennifer says

    This post is absolutely beautiful! Thank you 🙂

    December 29th, 2010 | #

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