Posts tagged “Nature

Light, returning

The aria of light returning

Is beautiful music indeed.

Light returning

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier

For more music, please visit: Skywatch.


Crocus, rejoicing

Spring rejoices in the crocus –

Covering her with ice on those cold April mornings.


Spring comes dressed

As a single purple flower;


In a happy group

Of colours;

Happy group copy

Or in a trio

Of petals and shadow and beauty.

Crocus trio copy

For more joy, please visit: Our World.

Silver spring

Last week, spring was in full bloom

With no ice on the lake

And swimming dogs in the sunset.


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…


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.


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!

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.


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.

Silent snow

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.

Oscar buried

Twigs sprouted snow cones;

Snow hat copy

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.

Golden views

All bundled up for a wintry walk.

The sighing of the setting sun

Paints the trees with gold.

Golden copy

A lone skater – on thin ice – whizzes by,

Lone skater

His singing skates echoed

By the honking farewells of the last swans of winter.


For more golden thoughts, please visit: Skywatch.

Honey glow

In nature, light is the colour

And when the sun bursts through winter gloom

It makes everything glow –


Even the humble frosted bud

Glowing bud copy

And the honeyed tree,

Shining like a star.

Lone tree

For more glowing stories, please visit: Our World Tuesday. 

Feathered hope

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
Winter sunset
For more hopeful shots, please visit: Skywatch.

Grey matters

Sometimes winter wants to rest

– Not in a burst of colours –

But in silken tones of pearl.

Foggy dawn copy

There is a subdued beauty

In the grey –

Foggy dawn 3 copy

And, just as in life, the grey

Contains a promise of light and colour.

“It is not by the gray of the hair that one knows the age of the heart.” — Bulwer-Lytton

Foggy dawn 2

For more tones, please visit: Skywatch.

Branching out

November grey

Turns to a delightful pink;

Early morning copy

Branches showing the way

Pink 2

To an upside-down

Pink abstract dawn.

Branches copy

For more colourful skies, please visit: Skywatch.

Sky with a large helping of dog

To celebrate Oscar’s 11th birthday,

Oscar sunset

I’m showing some classic summer sunsets over our lake

Oscar -sunset copy

Decorated, of course, with an extra big helping

Of dog.

Oscar_jetty copy

For more doggone skies, please go to: Skywatch.

Golden thread

If I had needle and golden thread

I’d weave you a glorious tapestry

Golden dawn copy

Of clouds

And colour at dawn.

Dawn 2

For more tapestries, please visit: Skywatch.

Zen dawn

An early sunrise –

Blushing with fog;


The blank canvas of dawn

A perfect backdrop for a lone duck.

Misty duck

Autumn foliage,

Warm-stoned church

Remind us that we are all just

Eternal travellers in time.

Misty church

For more minimalism, please visit: Skywatch.

Ode to autumn

Leaves quietly cover a forest path.

Oscar leads the way…

Leafy Path

Around the bend, we come across the perfection

Of clouds, warm stone church and the flaming torches

Of the trees.

Panorama copy

The churchyard is ablaze with colour;

Leaves crunch underfoot.


The warm red of the priest’s shed

Matches the leaves.

Wooden hut

Time to head home

Under the canopy of a dramatic sky.

Moody tractor

Oscar is more than happy with his walk –

For this is the radiant joy that is autumn.


For more fall foliage and other stories, please visit: Our World.

Hot pink

I reached for a star …


But missed –


So I’ll just have to make do

With the magnificence

Of the sky instead.

Stunning pink copy

For more sky posts (cloudy or clear), please visit: Skywatch.


What better way to serenade

The late September sky of

Purple and gold


Than with a jump

Of joy –


Followed by a long moment

Enjoying the golden ripples

Of the reflected sun?


For more gold, please visit: Skywatch.

And for more amazing creatures, please go to: Camera Critters.


I love the light at this time of year.

It turns the ordinary into wonder –

Take the stem of a flower, for example.

Exquisite 3

Early morning flowers

Are turned into works of art

Exquisite copy

And dewy petals

Into perfection.

Exquisite 2 copy

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

Also linking up to the lovely I heart macro.


Life is full of surprises – but sometimes they can give us more than we bargained for.

Last week, I was out walking the dog

When a hot air balloon swooped over my head

And landed on the green before slowly teetering on its side.

(I’ve never been dive-bombed by a balloon before!)


Planes are a little more reliable –

Big and noisy but they manage to stop in time…


A couple of months ago, I was enjoying an early morning sunrise

When I heard a honking in my ear.

A duck shot past me, grazing my cheek

And nearly knocking the camera out of my hands.

(Can you see the duck in the bottom left of the photo?)


I’m always startled when those sticks in the path

Slither over my feet…

(Perhaps you could call this foot-bombing?)


My favourite surprise though

Is a glorious sunset and a balloon … in the distance.

Sunset balloon

Go and dive-bomb this site: Our World.

The peaceful dawn

The sun rises early in the summer…

But it’s the loveliest time of the day

With just the peace of still waters,

A bird skimming over the sea

Dawn at cottage

And the sun calling out our name.

(Pictures taken at the little cottage by the sea on my mobile phone.)

Dawn - sun

For more peace, please visit: Skywatch.

Rainbow joy

If you follow a double rainbow to the very end –


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


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

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.

Fairy faces

Orchids! Don’t you love them?

They are flowers, but so much more.

These are known as Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis) –


Although I think

They look more like purple-veined hummingbirds

Looking for honey than flying moths.


Up against the blue sky,

They regain their luminous wings of petals…

Into the light

But, if you lean in and take an intimate look,

You might be lucky enough to see the face of a fairy.

Orchid face copy

For more winged stories, please visit: Our World.

I’m out and about at a charming summer cottage by the sea this week, so may be a bit late in getting around to visit you all.

Paying attention

As the sun sets

Trailing behind a scarf reflected in the water –

Breathe in and out.

And pay attention to the those small golden moments.

If there is something Oscar has taught me, it is this:

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention to the small details of life.

Oscar -sunset copy

For more golden moments, please visit: Skywatch.

Summer is short and the sun calling my name, so linking up to: Camera Critters.


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