Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

This clematis sent up two fireworks of her own in the fall,
the end of the year for her.
She sleeps away the winter waiting for her rebirth in the spring.

While our part of the world
is covered in a layer of ice and snow,
we plan,
and dream
about how we will spend
the next 365 days.
Happy New Year to all!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter apples

This bounty of glowing apples
 contrasts beautifully
with the leafless grey tree branches.
Capturing the moment with my camera,
I wonder why these apples have not fallen.
Nature continues on.
Luckily for us she is not consumed with why.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The royal Fleur-de-lys

This symbol, historically representing French royalty, is said to signify perfection, light and life.

I like the way it brings an ancient mystique to my barren winter garden.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Shine the light!

You're just standing there,
nothing special, overlooked,
 and then the sunlight finds you...

Wow, now you are spectacular!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Winter's magic wand

Winter waves a magic wand over the land, and behold, everything is more beautiful!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Your shadow speaks

The reputation of a man is
like his shadow:

it sometimes follows
sometimes precedes him,
it is sometimes longer
sometimes shorter
than his natural size.

French proverb

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Protect your dreams

"Tread softly because you tread on my dreams."
William Butler Yeats

Take your dreams and prepare them for the cold.  Wrap them in burlap so they don't get crushed by the snow.  Tie them up tight so they remain intact and keep their form.
Once the storm has passed and the season is over, release them into the universe where they can become a reality.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mr. Hitchcock would approve

The twisted tree branches against the dark grey sky create a sinister backdrop for the crow sitting atop the chimney.

"There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it."
Alfred Hitchcock

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hey, rebel in the back, get in line!

The pond plants have been placed in the empty vegetable garden, their winter home, for more than a month.

Everyone seems to have understood what this hibernation is all about, except the one rebel in the back.

Maybe it knows something we don't!

Monday, December 19, 2011

A certain slant of light.

Leaves float in an icy bath,
their rich gold colours preserved
from the first day they fell.

The light shifts.
The leaves are now rotten and dark.
I love it!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Uh-oh, someone kicked the wasp's nest!

   So, here we are, a week before Christmas and Montreal is snow-less!  I took this picture today.  Notice the green grass...

   This is a dream come true for many Montrealers and they are deliriously happy to have finally received the one thing that is always on their Christmas list - No Snow.  

Photo taken December 2010.

I remain suspicious,
and concerned.

Bring on the snow,


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