Surprise is a brief emotional state experienced as the result of an unexpected event. Surprise can have any valence; that is, it can be neutral/moderate, pleasant, or unpleasant. If a person experiences a very powerful or long lasting surprise, it may be considered shock.
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It has been theorised that the essence of humour lies in two elements or factors, the relevance factor, and the surprise factor. First, it is necessary to present something familiar or relevant to the audience. This accounts for gaining the involvement and scrutiny of the audience, who may believe they know the natural follow-through thoughts or conclusion. Next, the actual amusement results from the presentation of some twist on what the audience expected, or else from interpreting the original situation in an unexpected way. These twists and unexpected interpretations may be summarized as the surprise factor..etc..wikipedia
* see WSs another choiceThe Snow covered up my neighborhood and our surprise was great! the sudden visit View other images such as experienced from the balcony of my house!
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jurek1951 (42196) 2012-01-08 11:41
Wonderful winter scenery presented here. Looks very interesting. Great colours, point of view and details of winter season.
mesutilgim (92414) 2012-01-08 11:52
Allthough taken in December 2010,we must be ready for such nice surprises every day !
TFS and best regards
emilbo (22616) 2012-01-08 12:25
Même si la photo est prise en 2010, c'est une réalité encore aujourd'hui, c'était un peu comme çà chez-moi ce matin mais sans le palmier qui semble avoir froid. Intéressante présentation.
Tous mes amitiés et bonne semaine,
parvatibb (1387) 2012-01-08 13:16
It is really surprising to see a palm three covered with snow! that's why I like this one more.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-01-08 13:52
A very beautiful winter shot you have captured from your balcony. I like the pov and colors.
gunbud (34066) 2012-01-08 18:38
Here in the northeastern part of the U.S where we usually get plenty of snow there is none and its almost mid-January.
I see you have it on your palm tree. The weater seems to get stranger by the year.
Love how the wet snow clings to the trees and shrubs.
jjcordier (79295) 2012-01-08 23:24
Ces palmiers sous la neige....étonnante vision! Cette année, l'image serait certainement très différente!Chez nous, temps gris et pluie en permanence!
Graal (101774) 2012-01-08 23:45
amazing winter view in Greece. Good title and WS also. Photos well done.
Have a nice day.
danos (94346) 2012-01-09 0:27
Γιώργο γεια σου,
ωραίο το Χειμωνιάτικο σκηνικό που μας παρουσιάζεις,και είναι το πρώτο Ελληνικό που βλέπω για εφέτος.Απ' ότι βλέπω το χιόνι ο Αλμυρός είναι από τα μέρη που τα πιάνει το χιόνι με το πρώτο.
sacimar (26205) 2012-01-09 7:14
this was a big snow, It is not very common to see a palm covered by the white snow, I like these winter images, well seen,
saxo042 (37792) 2012-01-09 8:39
A fine picture with all this snow, must have been quite a surprise for you all! Last year was indeed a different winter than this year. Actually, we had the first snow of this winter just today here in Gothenburg. We had a bit of cold weather yeaterday and when a new low pressure front hits the cold air, snow falls. But always the front will bring warmer air and the snow usually melts very quickly here on the west coast. Right we have plus 2 degrees...
mkamionka (34663) 2012-01-11 0:47
it is a surprise indeed even for me to see such a view from Greece. The abundance of snow works incredible here.
Especially the palm tree covered with snow looks somehow contradictory.
Great effect, congratulations!
Ricx (13495) 2012-01-11 23:36
Hi Giorgios, Yup a Big suprise.. If someone said that one of the few snowscapes this winter was coming from Greece I would have been suprisaed. There has been very little snow this year.. So nice to see a covering.. Have a good day Rich
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (38216)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Humorous, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D Rebel XTi, Canon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/10 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-08 11:40