Friday, 11 November 2011


After two loong cold winters, it seems that this one will be reverting to the long-term trend: generally humid days with intermittent snow or slush, soon to be gone again and replaced by periods of milder weather. November has hitherto been exceptionally warm, foreboding a relatively benign holiday season. With warm days and cool nights, fog is building up at dawn, to be dissolved only later in the day. When I stepped out on the balcony this morning at 11 AM, this enticing scenery met my admiring eyes. As you can see, I did not forget to document a picture for your benefit at the mystical date of 11.11.11. 

The scenery and foggy air reminded me somewhat of Summer mornings in San Francisco and Berkeley, when temperatures were not that much higher in the morning. There too, they could hover around 10 degrees C. Of course, later in the day, they would rise rather harshly towards the twenties and thirties, whereas it was not getting any warmer here in Hammarby Sjöstad today. The fog cleared off eventually and the late afternoon brought with it another nice scenery to admire. The setting sun illuminated, just before 4 PM, the clouds over Hammarby Sound in a kind of cosy Alpenglow that is rare to behold around here. 


Hans Christian Cars said...

Dear Emil,

Hope you forgive me to say that I fail to see what's so mystical about the 11th of November of this year. You will have another equally "mystical" date in a little more than a year on the 12th of December 2012 on which date you can allow yourself to sleep one hour longer.

Anyhow, thanks again for two new beautiful pictures, which may not be that mystical either, but you are for sure a magical photographer.

Hans Christian

Emil Ems said...

Dear Hans Christian!

Thank you for your kind compliments and information about that forthcoming date.

I have to agree with you that "mystical" may not be the right word to describe the present once-in-a-century event, so why not stay with "magical"? In contrast to 12/12/12 the present date can be read backwards as well as forwards and that unique property will not re-appear this side of the "noughts".


Eva said...

Dear Emil,
Thanks for the lovely pictures of dawn and afternoon from your kitchen window. As a matter of fact I enjoyed the same scenery when taking my morning walk along the sound and later in the afternoon coming home from town over the bridge. Concerning the numer 11 I do not know what is special about that number (only the fact that you already pointed out: that you can read 111111 even backwards) - however, I remember many couples wanting to get married on July 7, 2007 because the numer 7 is supposed to bring you luck for the future.

kari_lantto said...

In Egypt they closed the Cheops pyramide last friday, so nobody could fly away with it that "mystical day". Yeah serious stuff.