Thursday, March 5, 2015

Clad with radiance are the woods

It has been snowing all day and the schools are closed again. I figure this is probably the last significant snowfall we’ll have because next week things are supposed to warm up considerably. Through my window in the living room, I can see that it’s practically blowing sideways. The DirecTV dish has been out for hours and the only thing working on it are a few of the music stations. For some reason, they’re the last to go.

 

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I stood at my front door earlier today and took the few photos you see below. At the base of these three trees, I could hear what sounded like animals screaming. There were more than one, and I’m wondering if it’s a fox den. I was going to upload it to Vimeo so that you could hear it, but unfortunately, it will suck down way too much of my data plan as I still don’t have the internet going at my house (am using my mobile hotspot on the cell phone to upload this post).

I miss it, but not nearly as much as I thought I would.

And I’m reading a lot more. I’m in the 5th book of the Outlander series, the Fiery Cross. It’s as good as the first and second books.

 

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When it snows like this, I really miss my husband. He loved a good snow and when he was well, he would spend much time plowing and clearing it on the horse farms where we lived. And when he became disabled and we moved here, he still loved it. He enjoyed having me home on snow days and when he could still cook, he would spend time in the kitchen and the whole house smelled wonderful.

I’m not sad. It would just be nice to have someone to share a snow day with is all. I’m fine by myself, though.

 

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This spruce has gotten even taller since we moved here in 2008.

 

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As has this hickory (to the right) and the holly (to the left).

 

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I shot a few bird photos from the kitchen window but nothing was really worth sharing here.

 

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Sometimes I’ll sit by the window and read, knocking it on it now and then to make the flocks of starlings go away.

They are so annoying. They scatter the regular visitors, like this little juncoe (above).

 

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George is at my feet, resting. He’s been trying to make friends with the new kitten, but Kitten is having nothing to do with him just yet. At least there is no more hissing, which is very promising.

And so, back to my book and the soothing music coming from the television. For supper tonight, I’m making Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake, garden salad, and maybe some garlic bread. Yum.

Hope things are well in your neck of the woods ~

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There is nothing in the world more beautiful than the forest clothed to its very hollows in snow. It is the still ecstasy of nature, wherein every spray, every blade of grass, every spire of reed, every intricacy of twig, is clad with radiance. ~William Sharp

23 comments:

Lee Owenby said...

Beautiful photos - as always.

Cloudia said...

You and George are clad in radiance to my heart.

Nice of you to wrap a bit of it around us too....

<3


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Happyone said...

We got about a foot of snow today too. So pretty. A winter wonderland.

mudmaven said...

Such wonderful pictures you paint with your words. Thank you. Still snowing here off and on but I expect it will also end here and soon we will be experiencing the joys of rebirth. Spring will come and bring with it all the promise it always does. ~chris

The Weaver of Grass said...

Such good photographs.

I am so pleased to hear you speak about your husband with such words - having gone through the grieving process I can see that you are getting there - he would be so pleased for you.

Daryl said...

lovely photos .. i finished Outlander #4 but wasn't sure, it wasn't as good as the previous books, i was going to read #5 .. but if you say its good ...

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice snowfall! We've had bitter cold, but no snowfalls that stick to the trees, 'cause it's too cold!

Debbie From Illinois said...

It is 0 degrees this morning, I just checked the weather and tomorrow's high will be 41 degrees. Alleluia, let the melting of the snow begin!

Happy weekend Kate!


jo said...

Kate - your photos are wonderful! Can you tell me what lens you use for your bird photos. I have a crummy telephoto but it doesn't bring them close enough. I'm in Minnesota and we have had almost no snow all winter. I know what you mean about missing your husband in the winter. Me too. Mine loved to snowmobile! He loved blowing out our driveway. I just brought a barn kitty in in Dec and that has helped me a lot. Take care, Strong Woman!

JaneK said...

Beautiful! I will have to use these pics to help me pretend we actually had snow on our snow day :-/

donna baker said...

Kate, I just posted about the Outlander series, birds and all the winter stuff.

Kerri Farley said...

......Truly breathtaking!

mrs mediocrity said...

Oh my, you make it look so pretty. But I am so over winter, it's been a long, extremely cold one and I am tired of raking the roof and chipping ice dams away.

The birds help though, especially the cardinals with that bright splash of color in an otherwise grey landscape.

And a new kitty! That made me smile. He's very cute! xoxo

Things Are Looking U.P. said...

I love your birds. And your snow, even tho I'm tired of snow. I just want to climb into your photographs...

countrynmore said...

I love all the photos. I am so glad that you were able to share them without having the working Internet. I especially enjoy seeing the bird photos. We don't get snow where we live, so I enjoy seeing the snowy pictures. I know that many are so tired of the snow back east and that they can't wait for Spring.

R.M. said...

Outlander! First book read in 1991 but the second book was so thick it took me forever to read because it was too heavy to tote in my bag. The third is my favorite (if you get rid of the 'naughty bits' it could be a Disney movie!

sharon said...

love photos of snow.

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos ! We are in a melt down now temps are hitting 50F and sun is shining almost every day ! I am loving it as are my birdies and my Miggs . I watched the series on WNED tv of the Outlanders it was good ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

Charlotte Bader said...

Sending hearts and hugs

beth said...

you have an incredible way of making snow and winter look amazing!!!!

Bluebird49 said...

Hoping things are good with you and that you're managing all things inside and out at the Manor House with your usual smiling determination, Kate. Spring is just about here---bringing, hopefully, many thaws of all kinds....

A Scattering said...

I haven't been blog-hopping in months and I've been equally pathetic at posting to my own. So it was a real joy to visit yours again this morning. I swear you do birds even better justice than nature has!

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