20 January 2011

Skywatch Friday

Those of you who've had true wintery weather lately will understand the thrill one feels when sun is visible again.  So Tuesday morning, when the day dawned brilliant and bright, I was right there to take a couple photos.  My sister sent me an email the other day saying something like "how about all this snow?".  She loves it!  I shake my head in wonderment.  Yes, I mean, it is beautiful to look at but not to drive in.  Just ask the guy down the street, or the FedEx gal or a recent visitor who all got stuck on our street.  Not particularly my idea of fun.  Some just endure winter, knowing that spring is just around the corner.  Some favour winter for the cooler temperatures, the pristine beauty of a crisp white blanket of snow, the winter sports.  I guess I am somewhere in between.  It's not all bad, especially now that I photograph it daily.  I have come to a new appreciation of this season.  I remember enjoying it as a child.  Tobogganing, skating, building snowmen and forts, and even the odd snowball fight.  So, now, when mornings dawn as glorious as this, I capture the moment in awe of the beauty, and the crispness of the morning air, mind you, as I do so.

I found a lovely Robert Frost poem that rallies me, reminding me to enjoy those tender moments ere they pass by.  Enjoy.
A Winter Eden

A winter garden in an alder swamp,
Where conies now come out to sun and romp,
As near a paradise as it can be
And not melt snow or start a dormant tree.

It lifts existence on a plane of snow
One level higher than the earth below,
One level nearer heaven overhead,
And last year's berries shining scarlet red.

It lifts a gaunt luxuriating beast
Where he can stretch and hold his highest feat
On some wild apple tree's young tender bark,
What well may prove the year's high girdle mark.

So near to paradise all pairing ends:
Here loveless birds now flock as winter friends,
Content with bud-inspecting. They presume
To say which buds are leaf and which are bloom.

A feather-hammer gives a double knock.
This Eden day is done at two o'clock.
An hour of winter day might seem too short
To make it worth life's while to wake and sport.

-Robert Frost-

 Enjoying those moments when winter suns brighten monochrome gardens and grey skies with the gang at
Sky Watch Friday.  Join us as we embrace the beauty or come participate by linking your photos with the rest.


Luna Miranda said...

for someone like me who has not experienced real winter, i am amazed at the sight of snow. but a glowing sunrise is always beautiful in any season.

Anonymous said...

I share the same thoughts! the sun returned only today and it has been really cold so it was a nice change. that poem is really pretty. reminds me of another one but I can't remember the title!

BraCom (Bram) said...

thanks for your kind comment

Beautiful sky Watch photos stunning colors and silhouettes

Rajesh said...

Terrific sunrise shots.

Shahz said...

lovely skywatch friday... happy weekend..

Vernz said...

wow, series of beautiful captures...love the monocrome garden.. we don;t have that sight in the Philippines...
Skywatch here

Emma Michaels said...

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Emma Michaels

EG Wow said...

Yes, I know the joy of sunshine! It has been most overcast here, sad to say. These shots are gorgeous!

Tootsie said...

beautiful photos!!! I agree that we should try to get some Proven Winners garden shows in our area...who knows...maybe we planted the seed that will get them here! Hey...and if they come to your city...we could meet up!

Rambling Woods said...

I hadn't read this poem and the photos are perfect...Michelle

Byddi - We didn't come here for the grass... said...

Beautiful photos! A great accompaniment to Robert Frost!


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