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Golden glow

Sometimes

All you need to see

Is the fiery golden glow of a sunset

To realize how magnificent life really is.

Glowing sunset dog copy

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Viking surprise

Every year, a replica of a Viking boat

Suddenly appears on our lake.

Boat reflected

It looked very pretty

As it rested in the sunlight.

Boat in sun

A man and his son make the boats by hand

And sail them too – even as far away as to Finland and Russia (from Sweden).

viking_sailing_away_Snapseed

I love the weathered look of the wood

And those cool dragon-shaped oarlocks.

Details copy

The heavy wooden oars and the mast

Are stored in the boat for safekeeping.

And – yes! – that’s Oscar checking the boat out.

Oscar and boat

For more heroic tales, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Silver spring

Last week, spring was in full bloom

With no ice on the lake

And swimming dogs in the sunset.

Swim

Today, it’s the spring equinox

And we celebrate with a silver dawn

And lots of snow.

Silver morning copy

The swans formed a heart

That seemed to be saying:

Don’t complain – just enjoy!

Grey geese

For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Colourful snow

As I write this, the ground is bare; the sky grey.

So, I’m looking back to January for some colour in the snow…

Sky

I found everything from rainbow skies

To hidden rubies;

Red house

Lemon-coloured houses for birds

Bird house

And turquoise chairs

Patiently waiting for warmer days.

Blue chairs

And look – I even found

A heart in the rough!

Heart face copy

For more colourful posts, please visit: Our World.


Snow sprinkles

This is a winter’s tail

(Excuse the pun!) 

Winter's tail

A tale of how snow decorates

And transforms.

Collage

How the bare bones of winter

Have their own stark beauty.

Branches

The woods have a deep magic –

Although it helps to have a sweet Rottweiler puppy in the picture too!

Puppy in snow copy

And here, a lone wooden cottage

Seems to be bathing in snow kisses.

Little house copy

There’s more s-now business like snow business over at: Our World Tuesday.


Mist-ical skies

Winter’s mystical skies

Are a balm for the soul.

Sunrise

Later on, the sun makes the

Winter boughs glow –

Glow

And then softly, the misty scarf

Settles once more over the lake –

Inviting us to rest and gaze a while.

Resting

For more misty skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Romancing the snow

Find a big sky and a frozen lake,

Oscar

Get a couple of chairs, some friends

And a view –

Picnic

Then sit back and enjoy the romance,

The company and the pink-tinged sunset.

Friends copy

For more romance, please visit: Skywatch.


Lavender skies

There is nothing as magnificent

As those big lavender and gold skies –

Big purple and gold sky copy

And the total joy

Of two dogs running through the purple:

Living as if someone left the gate open.

Purple sunset copy

For more royal skies, please visit: Skywatch.


The no sky sky

It’s been a mild winter

With skies of silver and grey.

No sky

The outlook from where I’m standing though

Is all good.

“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just weather.” — Pema Chodron

Ruby attention

For more silver skies, please visit: Skywatch.


Silent snow

A couple of weekends ago, it started to snow

And snow and snow.

Blizzard

Nature softened her contours

As everything – including Oscar – was buried in lovely white flakes.

Oscar buried

Twigs sprouted snow cones;

Snow hat copy

People and dogs frolicked in the blizzard.

(Look at those Yoda ears!)

Yoda

And afterwards, we enjoyed the silence

Of a fresh carpet of diamonds.

Sun

For more frolicking, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Pearls of gold

It was the magical ending to a day on the frozen lake:

Pearls of gold

And the deep silence that only snow can bring.

Magical snow copy

For more pearls of wisdom, please visit: Skywatch.


Of leaves and swimming

It continues mild here for the time of year,

So, you won’t need too many layers as you join us for a walk.

Let’s start off with a refreshing swim.

First swim

As the sun rises over the horizon, it creates

Copper mosaics,

Sun through tree

And electricity lines glow like

Golden necklaces

Lines

While the leaves on the birch trees

Shine like luminous earrings.

Luminous leaves

Breathe deeply – this is where we get our energy from.

Enough energy to finish off our long walk

With a splash.

Splash

For more meanders, please visit: Our World.


Dances with leaves

Last weekend dawned glorious and mild.

Bright tree copy

The autumn leaves lay heaped up and knee-deep…

Who could resist their invitation to dive in and take a leaf bath?

The kids couldn’t…

Autumn kids copy

And neither could I!

My daughter caught me dancing with leaves.

Me

Meanwhile, Oscar enjoyed the autumn sunshine

In a more dignified manner.

Oscar copy

For more autumn (or spring) fun, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Serenade

What better way to serenade

The late September sky of

Purple and gold

Lake

Than with a jump

Of joy –

Oscar-equinox-jump

Followed by a long moment

Enjoying the golden ripples

Of the reflected sun?

Ripples

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Swirl

When dawn breaks

In a purple swirl

Swirl

And the promise of

A beautiful day –

Cloudy dawn

Then the best thing to do

Is say thank you

And dive right into the present.

Jump Oscar cloud

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Reflecting clouds

The nights are drawing in,

So Oscar and I made some time to enjoy

The calm of a beautiful evening,

Oscar sunset

Making sure we studied the clouds

From several different angles and jetties.

Oscar jetty

A bird flew by,

The clouds kissed the water,

Serenity and silence settled in for the night.

Peace

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Rainbow joy

If you follow a double rainbow to the very end –

Rainbow

You might be lucky enough to find that pot of gold!

Rainbow-Oscar

I’m still away in England. Back next week!

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.


Radiant sparks

I have a confession to make…

I love the lowly ‘lion’s tooth’ –

Or dandelion.

Dandy copy

They grow in fields and gardens

Like cheery suns

Or radiant sparks of light

That have fallen from heaven.

Sunny dandies

And if you’ve ever rolled in

Dandelion-studded grass,

Then you know that it’s like being

Kissed by golden suns.

Photobombed dandies

For more sunlight, please visit: Our World.


The golden

Come sit with us a while –

You don’t need to speak –

It’s enough to let our hearts swell

With golden joy.

Oscar on jetty copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.


Wonderful firsts

It’s always exciting to experience the first stirrings of spring.

And even though they happen every year, it feels as if I were experiencing them

For the very first time.

It’s magical when the ice finally melts …

Dog and girl

When the first patch of crocuses appear in the neighbours’ garden…

First spring flowers 2013

When we can finally get out into the woods again

Oscar trees

And witness birds singing on trees.

Tree and bird

Even the faded beauty of an old cottage in the woods

Takes on new beauty

Old door

And the old window

Reflects back a stately tree.

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. -Alan Cohen

Window with tree

For more fresh starts, please visit: Our World.


The many shades of cold

Since we’ve had fresh snow and sinking temperatures –

Down to minus 19 C this week –

I am inspired to show you the colours of cold.

Cold fog

Sometimes the cold is a golden fog,

Sometimes an intense orange framed by trees.

Freezing orange fog copy

When the dawn is really cold,

The fingers of the sun paint the treetops

With frosted red.

Cold and orange

My favourite winter colour

Has to be the diamond carpet of snow

Topped off by dazzling blue skies and sun –

It’s moments like these that lift my spirits.

Blue skies and Oscar

For more winter/summer shots, please visit: Skywatch.


Spring Schpring!

People want to know if I’m tired of winter and longing for the spring.

The answer is no.

Snow dazzle copy

Late winter is a fabulous time of dazzling sun;

Of lacy art made out of ice and rainbows:

Art

Of exhilarating days of trees made out of curtains of lace.

Curtain of lace

It’s still minus 14C when we wake up

Making it pleasant to walk on the iced over lake

To enjoy the sight of sunken boats and endless blue skies.

Sunken boat

The secret to happiness is not to long for something you don’t have

But to enjoy fully what you do have.

Oscar rolling in snow

For more bedazzled posts, please visit: Our World.


Frosted freedom

For nearly three weeks,

My world has been wrapped

In shades of silver and grey.

Frosted freedom copy

I can never get enough of

One of my favourite winter scenes –

Silver-haired trees

And hoar frost on birdhouse and bridge.

Frosted view copy

The scene has both thrills and beauty

When a sudden snow shower

Sprinkles Oscar, my dog, with diamonds of snow.

Snow shower copy

For more frosted shots, please visit: Our World Tuesday.


Feeling the joy

Oscar may be over ten years old now,

But he never loses his joy for life –

And teaches me so much

About just living in the moment.

Running in snow copy

The only sign of spring around here

Is the spring in our steps

As we rush out to play in the snow.

Hop

For more Zen, please visit: Camera Critters.


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