Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ready for the Winter Ball


Goodness knows why but this wonderful pine tree looks to me as if it is holding up the heavy layers of a ruffled ball gown.

 You know you can see it too...






"Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world."  John Muir


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

As darkness falls





















It would be easy to disappear in the dead of winter.
Stumbling through a frozen forest;
The trees silently witness your wandering.
A lone wolf beckons the night with a hungry howl.
Darkness falls.


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Be-dazzled!


Beautiful
Mystery
Just a dream

Follow
Follow the light

I'm just a dreamer
You are just a dream

Follow
Follow the light


From: Follow the Light
By: Sub Focus


My neighbour hung these colourful baubles on the bare branches of her tree.

They are the perfect distraction for this cold, sunny winter day.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The magic is in your eyes

























Don't go chasing the gold at the rainbow's end,
for it's the sun,
touching those tiny rain drops
on the blue horizon
 that brings such beauty
to your
eyes.



Sunday, January 22, 2012

It's temporary


These branches, weighed down by the snow,

remind me of life's burdens,

when it feels like the weight of the world rests on our shoulders.

We don't see the light
 peeking through,

Don't feel the change
around the corner.

Be patient,
it's coming.




Life, sometimes so wearying,
Is worth its weight in gold

The experience of traveling
Lends a widsom that is old

Beyond our 'living memory'
A softly spoken prayer:

"It's the journey that's important,
Not the getting there!"

From: It's the Journey That's Important
By: John McLeod

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Dream Protector


How are those dreams coming along?


November 2011












It was just a few months ago that I wrapped up the blueberry bushes and corralled the sprawling lavender plants into a stiff upright form to protect them from the snow.





Look at them now!
I bet they're happy to have me as their gardener!

Aren't you glad you protected your dreams?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Hear the tolling of the bells!


In the silence of the night,
How we shiver with affright
At the melancholy menace of their tone!
For every sound that floats
From the rust within their throats
Is a groan.

From: The Bells
By: Edgar Allen Poe

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow Storm





































The winter snow will rage and roar,
Pile up snow drifts at my door,
Howl and growl with all its might,
Bury everything in white.

From: The Winter Storm
By: Elaine Magliaro

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pinocchio



The birdhouses hang where they always have, their  bright colours and cheery attitude belying the frigid temperature outside.

"It's fine,
c-c-come on in,
warm as anything inside,"
says the birdhouse with the Pinocchio nose.

Not to be fooled, the birds have moved on to warmer spots until the Spring.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Like Icing on a Cake



























Ever wonder how a snowflake feels as it tumbles toward the earth?

"Now if I fall, will it be my lot
To be cast in some lone, and lowly spot,
To melt, and to sink unseen, or forgot?
And there will my course be ended?"


Who could have known these snowflakes would choose to decorate my deck and chairs.


Not unseen or forgotten, but appreciated and celebrated!


From the poem The Snowflake
By: Hannah Flagg Gould

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Kindness is like snow...



                                                 
It beautifies everything it covers.
Author unknown













Friday, January 13, 2012

It's a magical world!































When snow falls,
it is a magical event.

We are transported
to a whole new world.

If this is not enchantment,
then I don't know what is!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What's your story?

Throughout the Celtic world, trees, particularly misshapen trees, cast a long shadow in folklore and poetry.


This particular tree always catches my eye.


The bulge in its trunk is so curious.
The horizontal scar around its waist makes it look as if two different trees were spliced together.


Something definitely happened in the history of this tree.


What's your story?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Life is just a juicy game!

The Flame
Bland
Bold
Spicy
Plain
Life is just a juicy game
of brain and brawn
pain and pleasure
till we see
beyond the blame
of right and wrong
and things we measure
to the bright
and burning flame
we all so fully do contain.

Kelly Athena


Friday, January 6, 2012

Beware the Chink in Your Armour

























Everyone has a sore spot or two, a weakness.
They stem mostly from our insecurities and uncertainties.
When it comes to friends,
quality is more important than quantity.

Be careful who you let into your life.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How do you know you really love trees?


This is the time of year that I get to see the real tree: its history, architecture, network of branches, age and strength.  During the summer and fall the leaves hijack my eyes, they are high fashion and makeup, dazzling accessories.
So, here is the authentic tree.
Awesome!


Monday, January 2, 2012

What you see is what will be.


Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?
Maurice Freehill

After I took this shot, the sun moved out from behind the evergreen.
It touched the ice-covered branches of the tree on the right
transforming grey ice into shimmering diamonds.
From dark to light.

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