Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tired of paddling in the frigid pond
the ducks are on the move.
Spring has tickled the earth beneath the snow
and they forage for the vegetation that begins to grow.
these forest ducks,
wiggling their way
around branch and tree,
maneuvering over root and snag.
With bright orange snowshoes
they waddle along
With an occasional stumble and flap
when one foot sinks too deep.
They look at home,
in their warm brown
Of course they'd like the snow.
It's nothing more than frozen water :)
Monday, March 25, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
First day of what?!?
All the birds showed up for the first day of Spring.
Unfortunately so did 30 cm of new snow!
Miss Cardinal did not appreciate
how the snow was messing with her well-styled hair.
I heard the boisterous and distinctive calls
of this cloud of Red-Winged Blackbirds from inside my house.
I imagine they are reprimanding spring for her delay.
Like this dove,
all we can do is patiently wait
while winter gives us one last hurrah.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Trees are the ultimate story tellers.
Hidden between their rings of time are tales of: injury, drought, hardship, growth, peace, insect invasions and forest fires.
Dendrochronology, the study and interpretation of tree rings can tell us everything we need to know about a tree's history.
When I came across this fallen tree I couldn't help stopping to count its rings.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered it is about the same age as I am;
Middle age for me, but quite young for a tree.
A roadmap of life,
Filled with light and dark, highs and lows,
Reflects a beauty that comes with time and age.
The tree's stump tells us the final part of this story.
You can see why it had to be cut down...
It remains in the ground,
a marker for a tree that held this spot for fifty-some years.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Friday, March 1, 2013
Although it doesn't seem possible, we received another huge snowfall yesterday.
Earlier, before the storm hit, the sun came out and with it
I felt the gentle touch of spring.
Here are my favourite clematis seed-heads wearing ice diamonds,
whose beauty is both rare and ephemeral.
"They say diamonds are forever,
Yes forever and a day,
But if diamonds are forever,
Then they must be here to stay.
I think love will live forever,
Way beyond forever's day,
It's not diamonds as eternal,
No matter what they say.
Diamonds are a fleeting fancy,
As soon they will be gone,
But if love is your true diamond,
It will ever linger on.
So if you are seeking diamonds,
And I know you always will,
Then just find the kind of diamonds,
That your life,
"Diamonds are Forever"
By: W. Diane Van Zwol
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