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This month’s Challenge theme is “Winter Activities”. With a good load of snow this year in Europe, I want to see your best shots of professional / amateur sportsmen or kids and families taking part in all sorts of winter activities.

 

Usual rules apply: 3 pictures per person from your Alamy portfolio.

 

The Challenge will close at midnight on 28th February.

 

A few samples:

Skiing in Davos / Klosters resort, Switzerland Stock Photo

 

Skiing in Davos / Klosters resort, Switzerland Stock Photo

 

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Nice one, for those of us who have to suffer the stuff!

 

Penshaw monument snowball fight

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Santa Special, or North Pole Express, Tanfield railway

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Hardy girls cross country race

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Snowman and snowbaby with a trolley full of snowballs. Whilst mum is being hit in the face with a snowball during a friendly family snowball fight!

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Winter hillwalking in the Scottish mountains

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My three entries:

 

Walking and taking photos of an Icelandic waterfall

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A glacier walk

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Enjoying the ice rink in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh (I love the envious expression on the other child's face)

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1 hour ago, Bryan said:

Nice one, for those of us who have to suffer the stuff!

 

Hardy girls cross country race

herrington-country-park-sunderland-uk-23

 

 

Hay! Bryan! I used to know the Hardy girls, how are they getting on?

 

Allan

 

Sorry, just can't help myself.

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Hay! Bryan! I used to know the Hardy girls, how are they getting on?

 

Allan

 

Sorry, just can't help myself.

 

 

 

They look a tad young for you bonny lad. ;)

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SHPG - congrats on your win!

 

Here's my entries:

 

1. Riding out on Newmarket heath on a frosty winters morning:

 

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2. Ice skaters in Bruges, Belgium:

 

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3. Child and mother sledging, Leysin, Vaud, Swiss Alps, Switzerland

 

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Kumar (the Doc one)

 

 

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For an instant this morning I thought that "Quandary" was the topic. Then I looked further and saw that it was "Winter activity", which is fine because here in Quebec we get winter, lots and lots of it. My three then

 

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My son and daughter sledging on the first snow of the year.

 

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Back country ski-ing in gorgeous conditions in the Parc de la Gaspesie

 

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My boy, who considers a day without accumulating a bruise a day wasted, jumping on his sledge. Seriously, the things he gets up to. And his sister slips on grandma's carpet - and breaks her arm. 

 

Colin

 

 

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First one.

 

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Earth mover shifting snow to clear driveways. Well it is a winter activity isn't it?

 

Second one.

 

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Blackbird feeding on berries. (He actually tossed that one in his beak away it being too old and wizened.) Fauna winter activity.

 

Third one.

 

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Learning to ice skate on temporary ice-rink. (Yeh! one with human activity.)

 

Allan

 

 

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21 hours ago, wiskerke said:

 

 

http://c7.alamy.com/comp/CTJ4JY/dutch-ice-skaters-in-front-of-five-of-the-19-windmills-at-kinderdijk-CTJ4JY.jpg

Kinderdijk (near Rotterdam) in winter.

 

 

 

wim

 

This image is great, reminds me of a certain Dutch artist but can't think who at the moment.

 

Allan

 

 

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5 hours ago, spacecadet said:

I'm seeing Breugel in my head (far out, man). Probably the younger.

Can't actually find ice and windmills in the same painting, though. It's a stunning image.

 

Looks like the style I am thinking of particularly this image. 220px-Pieter_Bruegel_d._%C3%84._093.jpg  Although no windmills. Sure I have seen skaters and windmills together though.

 

 

5 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

 

Hendrick Avercamp perhaps?   The figures remind me of Lowry.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrick_Avercamp

 

Pretty sure it is not Hendrick Avercamp although one of his pictures does have one windmill with skaters.

 

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It’s a beautiful photo.

Made me think of Van Dyke.

 

All the pictures in this thread are absolutely fabulous, particularly for Floridians who know little about snowy weather. :)

 

This month will be another difficult challenge for the voters, I’m sure.

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11 hours ago, Vincent Lowe said:

 

Hendrick Avercamp perhaps?   The figures remind me of Lowry.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hendrick_Avercamp

 

It was a deliberate attempt to create my own Avercamp including the slightly elevated viewpoint. Which I have since used a lot for images here.

This one was my initial reference.

 

The winter scene with ice skaters is a distinct Dutch 17th C genre because of the Little Ice Age.

@Brueghel the Elder/Younger - One of the most copied of all ice skating paintings is the one that started it all. Text explains it all.

Do have a look at the lovely Avercamp sketch books (2). If you look at 2 or 3 or more Avercamp paintings at one point you'll start recognizing people: the Carnival bunch; the hockey players; the boy and girl; the man urinating; the older couple figure skating; the sleighs; toboggans; the sunken boat where people  put their skates on and so on. He copy pasted long before photoshop! And they're all in his sketches: his street/ice photography  ;-) Because it was all done from life. Not his oil paintings though: these were done in his studio in summer. His panorama's also were bits and parts - not an existing landscape. Most of the parts are more or less recognizable though. E.g. the towers of Deventer and Kampen.

The genre lasted well into the 19th C with hundreds of painters trying their hand and their luck. And now me.

 

wim

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