A frozen pond of water reflecting the feeble sunlight on a cloudy winter afternoon.
I didn't notice that pond until I heard a magpie singing close by. I turned to my left to observe that beautiful blue, black and white bird but it was already gone, leaving me there contemplating how come nature never ceases to surprise me. I couldn't stop looking at that golden pond and the cold colours around it.
The trees and the lower vegetation surrounding the pond were white, but it hadn't snowed previously. They call it freezing fog. On the ground a thick layer of brown leaves and surprisingly few green leaves that survived the end of the autumn.
The magpie was still somewhere around, I could hear him singing again. I got distracted for a few seconds.
The contrast between a warm colour and several cold colours was something I always wanted to have on a puzzle. I suddenly realised it was a matter of minutes before the sun disappeared behind the clouds so I grabbed my camera, took the picture and totally forgot about the magpie.
Believe it or not, it happened that another magpie showed up just in front of my garden exactly when I started this puzzle, perhaps wishing to remind me that without their help I would have never been there putting together those pieces.
As soon as I stopped thinking about magpies I realised I had perhaps underestimated the challenge posed by this puzzle. I got stuck assembling the edge pieces, a clear harbinger of what was expecting me.
Differentiated collection would have played an extremely important role here, I thought. All the brown and green pieces were set aside, and they would have been saved for last. The majority of those pieces had no recognisable patterns on them so it would have been hard to assemble them.
On separate containers I grouped the white pieces (the upper part of the puzzle), the golden pieces (the pond), the black pieces (the trunks of the biggest trees) and the remaining greyish pieces (whatever was not included in the previous containers).
First I assembled the upper part of the puzzle and soon afterwards the pond. Those areas were not easy at all and I got stuck a couple of times, but they would have been the less complicated parts of this project after all. It was important to complete those two parts first, as later on it would have been slightly easier to place and connect the greyish pieces between them.
As advised on MY TIPS section I sometimes proceeded one piece a day, with lots of music playing in the background. And when I finally got to the brown and green area, my patience had already been tested enough to ever feel intimidated again...I think I felt something similar while putting together the April snow puzzle.
I felt extremely rewarded by completing this puzzle, and since that moment I have been trying to find those dear magpies to thank them for the inspiration...
DIMENSIONS 98,5x75,5 cm