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Floating in clouds

 Henry David Thoreau once wrote, “You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.”

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Many years ago, I woke up to an amazing sight:

Fields and fields

Of foamy clouds in the sky!

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I had to stop and talk to those clouds

For a very long time.

(All photos from my archive of 2010.)

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For more floating clouds, please visit: Skywatch.

Pink heaven

I had planned to take my big camera into Stockholm to photograph the sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms,

But the hail and rain meant that the camera stayed dry at home. (All these photos were taken with my iPhone.)

I decided to revel in the pink beauty of the blossoms anyway,

And I’m glad I did.

Blossoms - alley

The blossoms on the north side

Remained curled up in bud

Deserted

While the flowers were blossoming on the south side,

Looking so fragile and pretty against the rain.

Rainy

My spirits soared at the sight

Of a dreamy pink canopy weaved

Of dreams and petals.

Canopy

“In the cherry blossom’s shade,

There is no such thing as a stranger.” — Issa

Dewy

For more beauty – pink or otherwise – please visit: Our World.

 

Dawn, unfurling

A couple of weeks ago,

Simson and I sneaked out of the house very early

To enjoy the soft, pink dawn.

Simson

We saw a line of ducks

Flung against the purple canopy of the sky.

Flight copy

They flew past like scattered leaves,

While we remained – marvelling at the way dawn unfurls.

Ducks

For more early mornings or late evenings, please visit: Skywatch.

Tiny beauties

A sure sign of spring

Are the tiny lilac beauties (wood anemones)

Blooming in the woods.

Bright petals

You can’t but help feel happy

When you see their merry heads

Nodding on the forest floor.

Purple and blue

Their petals become paper thin

In the sunlight.

paper thin

I notice a dry leaf glowing

Like a stained glass window.

Leaf

These flowers are protected in the Stockholm region

So you’re not allowed to pick them.

I’m happy about that —

As their beauty remains for all to enjoy,

Spread at our feet like a blanket of dreams.

Clock face

For more beauty, please visit: Our World.

Stormy

When a storm draws in

With curtains of cloud,

Stormy sky

It’s time to enjoy

The drama of the sky.

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For more drama, please visit: Skywatch.

With ears flapping

Spring is due here any moment…

I can tell by the grey days we’re having

Simson jetty

When branches drip

With rainy pearls,

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And catkins

Revel in melting snow.

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The little yellow suns of the crocus

Patiently wait for some sun

As do we.

Patience

In the meantime, I enjoy the orange pop of a boat —

I like how the lines on the boat match

The waves on the lake.

Orange pop

And when another hail or snowstorm rushes in

We meet it with ears flapping

And hair flying – in the hope that spring will soon arrive.

Ears flapping

For more dramatic stories, please visit: Our World.

Catching fire

The early morning sky caught fire

And spread its blaze of glory

To the mirror of the lake.

Fiery red 2

For more fiery reflections, please visit: Skywatch.

Doing the salsa

Winter is at its best during early spring.

Bright snow

After days of warmth,

A fresh snowfall looks so pretty.

Dogs in snow

The hazel flowers covered in ice

Captured my imagination.

Icy hazel

Spring is about taking two steps back

And one step forward —

So we may as well enjoy the spring salsa.

Glitter

Just like Ruby

And Simson (that’s him goofing around in the background) do.

Goofing off

For more spring dancing, please visit: Our World.

Spring sparkles

We celebrated the spring equinox

With snow and blue skies.

Blue skies

Ice drops

Sparkled from daring buds —

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The fuzzy catkins

Looked lovely in their cold diamond earrings,

Ice drop

And the hazel flowers

Glittered in the sunlight.

Even though it was still winter on a spring day —

Those sparkly skies were beautiful and uplifting.

Hazel copy

For more glittering posts, please visit: Skywatch.

Icy pearls

Last week saw freezing cold mornings followed by sunny afternoons.

frosted lilac

The constant freezing and thawing

Created the most delightful pearl necklace made out of ice.

(I was amazed how a single strand could hold such a heavy load.)

Necklace

Frost hung like jewels on the delicate strands of cobwebs —

frosted lines

Reminding us that the seemingly fragile

Can also show strength and endurance.

Single strand

For more inspiration, please visit: Our World.

 

 

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