Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Winter in Downtown

Finally winter came in. I wanted to go into the Saint Petersburg downtown to look at my favorite places in snow.



I went through the small park to the Mikhail Palace (Russian Art Museum). The Palace and its fencing was in snow and I turned my mind to cast iron flowers. They were expressive. 



I came to the Griboyedov Canal. My friend blogger Jason wrote a post about his visit to St. Petersburg, named "Venice of the North" and told about canals. I liked his post and photos.



Opposite the Cathedral of the Savior on the Spilled Blood is the entrance to the Mikhail Garden. Beautiful forged garden fencing was covered by snow too. If you carefully look at its design, you can see the tulips and roses. 



There were the mosaic pictures of flowers and birds on the columns near the garden gate.



I decided to go into the garden and take a picture of the fencing and the Cathedral on background. 
I had the post 'Autumn in Downtown' with the similar photos, which I took in fall. 



Then fog has appeared. Temp dropped up -8 C (14 F), the walkers hurried to their warm homes. Here's a view of the Cathedral and the Griboyedov Canal in the fog. 



I stood on the bridge over this canal, and paid attention at the bridge railing. It was very delicate, light, with a few flowers. Flowers looked like climbing roses with opening buds.



When I'd taken pictures on the river Moika, I loved beautiful bridge railing with golden flowers and leaves looked nice even in winter. Perhaps the poet Pushkin drove home here, his apartment had been not so far, now hidden in fog.



I looked at the other side. What a show! In a distance the huge Mikhail Castle disappeared in the fog. Castle’s dark red walls were vaguely visible.



The railing of the nearest bridge over the river Moika looked dark in fog.




I hope the weather will be sunny and clear the next time!

61 comments:

  1. What fantastic pictures. The buildings are incredibly beautiful. The detail on the bridge railings is so impressive, and it all looks so lovely in the snow.

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    1. I loved that snow day, thank you, Tracey!

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  2. Stunning pictures, Nadezda! I think that foggy weather gives nice atmosphere in your pictures.

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    1. Satu, when I went to take photos, the forecast showed sunny clear day. I'm glad you liked foggy pictures. Thank you!

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  3. What a beautiful place you live in! My husband was in "Leningrad", my mum too. They both say, it's so wonderful town. My imagine is working :-)
    Greetings!

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    1. Ewa, you live very close to my place, on the same sea. It's enough short trip here, about 1 hour flight, but better in warm season. Thank you!

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  4. What beautiful architecture only enhanced by the snow. Such great pictures. All that snow is wonderful to look at if one does not have to be out in it. LOL!

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    1. Oh, Lona, you're so right! To be out for hours in cold day is not good idea. But I had enough warm clothes.Thank you!

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  5. Those big impressive buildings look so light and delicate in the fog. The snow has decorated railings and buildings and walls so beautifully.

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    1. Yes, when fog had come down over the Castle (the last photo) I was surprised. It's a huge building and there was something mysterious there. Thank you!

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  6. You live in such a beautiful place! Thank you so much for these stunning pictures of Saint Petersburg. Your lovely images make me want to visit your gorgeous city!

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    1. May your dream come true. Thank you!

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  7. Oh, Nadezdo!
    I am very happy to read a post about the most beautiful of cities.
    I would like to see St. Petersburg.
    Sea dream come true?
    Beautiful winter photos.
    I kiss you hard and greet
    Lucia

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    1. Lucia, I'm sure all dreams come true, may should pass some time.I' glad you enjoy my photos. Thank you!

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  8. Beautiful photos Nadezda, the wrought iron fences are magnificent, topped here and there with snow. I love your shot looking down the River Moika.

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    1. Rosemary, this winter the river Moika was frozen very fast. Some years ago the winters were warmer, than this year. The rivers and canals (there are 64 of them) are not all frozen because of shipping on rivers.
      Thank you!

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  9. Gorgeous!! My husband want to go to Russia....and i would love to see that hermitage..thanks i have never seen these types of pictures.....

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    1. Sharon, thank you for stopping by! Here may be the warm weather too, especially in summer! ;))

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  10. Hi Nadezda
    What incredible photos! You have captured the beauty of the gates and brickwork and then the added dimension of the fog. Very well done. Everything looks so Christmas-y!

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    1. Astrid, it was cold and windy day with fog later. I appreciate you opinion very much!

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  11. Dear Nadezda, These are some of the most beautiful photos I have seen! Picture number three is like a painting on a Christmas card. Your photo of fencing with Cathedral in backgroud is breathtaking. Lovely detail of curved wrought iron, tracery of tree branches with snow and the beautiful cathedral. Thank you so much for taking these photos in the cold and sharing them with us.

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    1. Betty, you could print some photos for Christmas cards of course. I give you my written consent.
      Thank you!

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    2. Thank you Nadezda. That is kind of you.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful, amazing detail and the snow just ads to it. Envious to see such a site.

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    1. Yes, Barb, you're right! The snow highlights all details of railings, fences and buildings.
      Thank you!

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  13. Hallo Nadezda!!Glad to meet you!!My friend Betty send me to visit you!I follow you now!I have been in Moscow many times, my husband stayed there with his job!I remember the to much snow and how cold it was!!-15c!!!!I love your beautiful city!I have a book about your history!!Your photos are amazing!I would like you to visit my blog!I live in Athens Greece!!My blog is,
    http://decdimisaussi.blogspot.gr/Have a lovely weekend!
    Dimi..

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    1. DIMI, thank you for stopping by, I love new faces! It's nice you read the history of Saint Petersburg, and you've been to Russia before. I will visit your blog too. Thank you!

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    2. Hallo Nadezda!I'm bach again!Thank you for visiting my blog!!I'm so glad you came!!I use napkins and ricepaper on my decoupage creations,i order from internet in Athens hobby shop!I'll be happy if you want to follow me too!!My love to your beautiful city Saint Petersburg,i want so much to visit it one day!Have a lovely Sunday!
      Dimi..

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    3. DIMI, I follow your blog as well. Thank you!

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  14. The architecture is beautiful there. I love the graphical colors too. It is so much different than here and looks great in the snow.

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  15. Such beautiful architecture and fences. I love getting a glimpse of your wonderful city. The fog adds such mystery and depth. Thanks for bearing the cold and taking these lovely photos for us.

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    1. Hillary, you understood well,cold and foggy weather was that day. But if I decided to take photos, nothing could stop me 0)). Seriously, my camera and lenses did not let me down in cold -8 C. Thank you!

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  16. Good Evening dear Nazezda ! I am the newest follower and I found from Betty 's blog ! I am glad that I met you ! Nice blog full of beauty !
    Olympia

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    1. Olimpia, thank you for visiting my blog!
      I will read yours too.

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  17. Such a grand city and beautiful in the snow!

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    1. Oh, it's a large city and situated very northerly. Thank you, sweetbay!

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  18. What a beautiful city. Your winter wonderland photos are gorgeous Nadezda!

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    1. Thank you, garden girl. Have a nice weekend!

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  19. Hi, Nadezda
    What q beautiful senery!! As a matter of fact, I know little about your country, but I'd love to visit this wonderful place someday.
    Thank you for stopping by. Of course I'm following:)

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    1. Keity, Thank you for stopping by! I follow your blog now.

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  20. Such beautiful photos, thank you for letting me take a trip around with you :-)
    The photos reminded me of the old part of Oslo, where I used to live (I am Norwegian, but live in London), but in Oslo we don't have the famous onion domes of Saint Petersburg of course!

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    1. Helene, I've been to Oslo in Spring. I loved it, was my dream to visit Norway. Thank you, I'm glad you love my pictures!

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  21. Mieszkasz w pięknym i dziękuję za wspaniały zimowy spacer po nim. Wspaniałe zdjęcia zrobiłaś. Pozdrawiam.
    You live in a beautiful and thank you for a wonderful winter walk through it. Great pictures done. Yours.

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  22. Nadezda girl hello there !
    This is a fantastic post because I so enjoy seeing all the iron work on the gates and the bridge railings .. the snow makes me think of my favorite movie Dr. Zhivago, the old one .. St Petersburg has such atmosphere : )
    My butterfly spent it's time in my fridge in it's cocoon .. that is the natural stage for it before it comes out of the cocoon in the Spring .. but I was never sure if the temperature was right .. now I know and I want to try again because it was such an amazing experience .. I would send you more information if you e-mail me .. glencross50@gmail.com
    Joy : )

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    1. Joy, I love the book 'Dr. Jivago' by Pasternak. I will write you on e-mail. Thank you!

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  23. What beautiful - in fact downright gorgeous - photos. The city is made for snow, I think, it enhances the fairytale atmosphere but I love the way you have caught particularly beautiful details. My favourite, perhaps, is the final picture, because the building in the distance seems almost to glow against the white.

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    1. Jenny, the last one was taken as a surprise, the cold and fog were coming up fast and I hurried to take pictures. I'm glad you liked them Thank you!

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  24. Thank you Nadezda for allowing me to print your photos. You are very kind. I will try them on my printer, maybe use next Christmas.

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  25. I love your new look blog Nadezda, and these images are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Karen, glad you liked the blog new design!

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  26. Esta ciudad es muy conocida gracias a la literatura. Me atrae estas imágenes de la nieve ya que en mi ciudad no suele nevar, incluso en invierno podemos tener cielos azules, recientemente hemos tenido unos días de lluvia.

    Te deseo que tengas una Feliz Navidad junto a tu familia y amistades.

    Un beso.
    http://ventanadefoto.blogspot.com.es/

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    1. Me da un placer de saber que conoces mi ciudad por la literatura.
      Gracias y Feliz Navidad!

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  27. This looks like a beautiful and fascinating city. Very picturesque in the snow! I'm sure that you find snow easier to deal with than the people in the UK. I love the snow but everything grinds to a halt! I notice you speak Spanish, are you from Spain originally or can you speak a few languages?

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    1. Anna, 'to deal with snow' is not easy! It can be very deep. Last winter we went to our summer cottage after big snowfall and had to walk in deep snow some meters, I arrived home tired. This winter we haven't a lot of snow, and the roads are clean. Yes, I can speak few languages. Thank you!

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  28. What an amazing castle! Thank you for sharing your photos... just amazing! We are just beginning to get some snow! We have not had very much at all this year... my kids are ready for it! Merry Christmas!
    ~Julie

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    1. Julie, I hope you had white Christmas and your lovely kids played with snowman! Thank you!

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  29. So hauntingly beautiful! I've never seen such amazing photos of St. Petersburg. Wow! Thanks so much for sharing--I feel like I want to go back and look at the lovely images again and again!

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    1. I agree, my city is nice in Fall and in Winter, despite the snow and cold weather. Thank you!

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