Pour me a pink martini
Out of the sky;
Let my eyes get drunk
On the beauty –
Or serve up the moon
On ice instead.
For more heady skies, please visit: Skywatch.
As I write this, the ground is bare; the sky grey.
So, I’m looking back to January for some colour in the snow…
I found everything from rainbow skies
To hidden rubies;
Lemon-coloured houses for birds
And turquoise chairs
Patiently waiting for warmer days.
And look – I even found
A heart in the rough!
For more colourful posts, please visit: Our World.
My favourite sky is the intense blue of winter
Crisscrossed with ice contrails.
(This photo was taken last winter.)
This year winter has been too mild (in comparison)
And so we’ve had to enjoy the misty blues of winter fog
Shrouding a Viking church.
Whichever way you look at it, it’s all good.
For more blue skies, please visit: Skywatch.
This is a winter’s tail
(Excuse the pun!)
A tale of how snow decorates
How the bare bones of winter
Have their own stark beauty.
The woods have a deep magic –
Although it helps to have a sweet Rottweiler puppy in the picture too!
And here, a lone wooden cottage
Seems to be bathing in snow kisses.
There’s more s-now business like snow business over at: Our World Tuesday.
Winter’s mystical skies
Are a balm for the soul.
Later on, the sun makes the
Winter boughs glow –
And then softly, the misty scarf
Settles once more over the lake –
Inviting us to rest and gaze a while.
For more misty skies, please visit: Skywatch.
Some people say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world.
It could be because of the magnificent views of old buildings;
Or the romantic bridges criss-crossing the Seine.
Whatever the reason, the bridges of Paris are famous
For their hundreds of love locks –
Most with the names of couples written on them
To signify eternal love.
One of the most famous bridges with locks is very near Notre Dame Cathedral.
It’s been standing for at least 800 years — a testament of love and faith –
And it makes the loves and losses of our lives
Seems like the brief and passing beauty of a candle flame.
For more old stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
Find a big sky and a frozen lake,
Get a couple of chairs, some friends
And a view –
Then sit back and enjoy the romance,
The company and the pink-tinged sunset.
For more romance, please visit: Skywatch.
Winter has been so brief this year…
Just like life, the ice crystals
Created art for only a short while.
Metal poles on the jetty
Became abstract things of beauty.
Ice turned trees
Into silver tapestries.
And at the foot of the ladder on the jetty –
A heart of ice
Warmed the day.
For more n-ice stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
There is nothing as magnificent
As those big lavender and gold skies –
And the total joy
Of two dogs running through the purple:
Living as if someone left the gate open.
For more royal skies, please visit: Skywatch.
As it’s the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse,
Some wisdom from the horse’s mouth seems appropriate.
I moustache you to embrace the year with open arms;
To remember that even if life seems to be going backwards,
We can try to deal with problems with grace.
Life has its moments of beauty –
And of tenderness and love.
A big dose of laughter will stop neigh-sayers in their tracks
And make life better –
Because it’s all about falling and then having the courage
To saddle up and ride again.
For more hay-zy wise words, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
It’s been a mild winter
With skies of silver and grey.
The outlook from where I’m standing though
Is all good.
“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.” — Pema Chodron
For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.
A couple of weekends ago, it started to snow
And snow and snow.
Nature softened her contours
As everything – including Oscar – was buried in lovely white flakes.
Twigs sprouted snow cones;
People and dogs frolicked in the blizzard.
(Look at those Yoda ears!)
And afterwards, we enjoyed the silence
Of a fresh carpet of diamonds.
For more frolicking, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
It was the magical ending to a day on the frozen lake:
Pearls of gold
And the deep silence that only snow can bring.
For more pearls of wisdom, please visit: Skywatch.
At last – winter has made its grand entrance with several days of blizzards,
Leaving the crooked jetty an abstract canvas.
The ladder at the end of the jetty
Now has two handles of ice,
Each handle transformed
Into a tiny landscape of ice crystals.
The supporting pole
Is encased in an icy boot.
And who make those dog prints out there on the lake?
These two friends, of course!
(I call this shot Love in a Cold Climate.)
For more symphonies, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
All bundled up for a wintry walk.
The sighing of the setting sun
Paints the trees with gold.
A lone skater – on thin ice – whizzes by,
His singing skates echoed
By the honking farewells of the last swans of winter.
For more golden thoughts, please visit: Skywatch.
Dogs can teach us many lessons in life:
Test new waters – don’t be afraid to try new things,
Love unconditionally and be yourself,
Always always live each moment to its fullest
And don’t be afraid of silliness (it’s fun)!
For more goofy shots, please visit: Our World.
Swirls of strawberry and lilac
Swept across the December sky at sunset;
And then transformed
Into a sizzling, red tornado:
A sky canvas brimming with possibility.
For more fiery skies, please visit: Skywatch.
In nature, light is the colour
And when the sun bursts through winter gloom
It makes everything glow –
Even the humble frosted bud
And the honeyed tree,
Shining like a star.
For more glowing stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
New Year’s Eve: so mild that it was warm enough for swimming
In the pink sunset.
Reminding me that it’s always good to jump into the waters of wonder.
Because once you’ve experienced new things, your mind can never go back to its old dimensions.
Only then can you really appreciate the true beauty
Of the setting sun.
For more wonders, please visit: Skywatch.
My friend Eileen has a new meme called Saturday Critters - so go visit!
Out with the old and in with the new?
Yes, out with old worries, grudges and bad habits
As long as you’re not replacing them with new ones.
As for us, we have something new for the New Year –
Meet Ruby, Oscar’s great-granddaughter.
We’re fostering her for a few months before she’s due to go off to the breeders again for another litter of puppies.
As for the old –
Well, Oscar makes life golden with his sweet, white face
And humour and grace.
He doesn’t really have white hair – these are his wisdom highlights!
Wishing you all a new year filled with light, strength, beauty, good health and laughter.
For more good wishes, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
An early golden sunset;
Birds flying off into the horizon; echoes of their flight left on the water.
For some reason, this simple scene
Filled me with hope for the future
And peace in the present.
‘Hope is the thing with feathers -That perches in the soul.’– Emily Dickinson
Christmas Eve is the big day in Sweden – with present opening and feasting.
However, the weather isn’t co-operating this year: no snow, just rain, grey clouds and plus degrees.
So to get into that festive mood, I’m pulling out some photos from my favourite town in Norway: Røros.
It’s a very old mining town full of pretty, wooden houses (and snow in April).
Many of the houses date back to the 1700s or 1800s and are still lived in today.
They are very well taken care of – although that statue looks a little frightened of the icicles hanging above him!
The tiny huts where the miners lived next to the copper mines
Are now one of the star attractions of the town.
(I know I’ve shown this picture before but it really is one of my favourites.)
Wandering through the streets, peeking into secret courtyards,
You might even find Santa’s sleighs…
And with that, I wish you all a wonderfully magical Christmas –
I hope that you give and receive the gifts of love and time.
For more festive stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.
With such short days, sometimes the dawn
Is a silver coin of moon instead of the sun.
It is the misty blue hour
Of moon rising
When all seems possible
As a heron skims across life’s surface.
It brings to mind a lovely verse written by Rumi:
“Some nights stay up till dawn,
as the moon sometimes does for the sun.
Be a full bucket pulled up the dark way
of a well, then lifted out into light.”
For more lovely shots, please go to: Skywatch.
Last Friday, December 13th, was a special day – the festival of Lucia.
Every year around Sweden, churches are full of music and light.
It’s a very special feeling when the lights are turned off
And the Lucia procession enters the church.
The children sing their heavenly songs,
Faces lit by candlelight only –
Spots of dancing hope in the mid-winter darkness.
As they leave the church, the sun has managed to rise
Casting its golden glow on people and building alike.
It’s a wonderful and metaphorical festival
Reminding us that no matter how vast the darkness,
We must shine our own light.
For more festive stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday.