Seeds of hope

It amazes me to see trees in hibernation, seeds covered in thick crusts of frost

That defy gravity and, instead, cling to the branch in icy embrace.

Just think how fragile the bond between ice and tree:

All it takes is a slight change in temperature

And the whole relationship crumbles, ends

Fluttering to the ground in a soft explosions of snow.

Just like human relationships.

Yet those seeds survive the cold, those Arctic breezes

To blossom out into flowers of hope when spring arrives.

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69 responses

  1. Lovely post! Beautiful capture! And such wise observations! I couldn’t agree more! Hope your week is off to a good start. Hope you enjoy warmth and laughter and beauty, each and every day! Have a great week, Lady Fi!

    Sylvia

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    January 26, 2010 at 06:26

  2. All it takes is a slight change in temperature

    And the whole relationship crumbles, ends

    substitute baby for change in temperature and yes, the whole relationship did crumble for me.

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    January 26, 2010 at 06:28

    • anamika

      but yes, dear by certain other reversed change in temperature will form the bond again…
      and isn’t this called hope?
      isn’t this hope another name for life?

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      January 30, 2010 at 18:58

  3. Lovely, as usual!

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    January 26, 2010 at 06:38

  4. Oh your illustrated poem (for such it is) is lovely.

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    January 26, 2010 at 06:39

  5. I am always fascinated by the leaves that hang on, even through blustery winds, blizzards, and wet snow falls. Beautiful photo!

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    January 26, 2010 at 06:51

  6. Amy

    Nature never stops amazing me…EVER!!! Great post Fi!! :-)) Have a super day!

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    January 26, 2010 at 06:53

  7. kelli

    beautiful images….both the words and the picture.

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    January 26, 2010 at 07:08

  8. Really beautiful, my friend…

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    January 26, 2010 at 07:59

  9. Cool!…Artistically done.

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    January 26, 2010 at 08:20

  10. Beautiful shot. They look nice with frost cover.

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    January 26, 2010 at 08:46

  11. Another lovely winter scene!

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    January 26, 2010 at 08:47

  12. I liked the way you linked your thoughts with the beautiful shot. 🙂

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    January 26, 2010 at 08:54

  13. It is a beautiful shot. Everything is very fragile – the fact we have life on earth is purely an accident – a few degrees warmer or cooler and we’d all remain the celestial dust we came from.

    I guess Scandinavian winters lead to very thick books – that looks interesting.

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    January 26, 2010 at 09:00

    • You’re right! Life is a miracle!

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      January 26, 2010 at 09:24

  14. Very beautiful and poetic post. Love the frost-crystal!

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    January 26, 2010 at 09:23

  15. Your world looks freezing cold, although beautiful ! I wait for spring !

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    January 26, 2010 at 09:41

  16. Quite haunting seeing a bare plant hanging with ice like this! Beautiful!

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    January 26, 2010 at 09:44

  17. Thanks for visiting my blog!
    Your shot looks very cold, but it`s beautiful:-)
    Wish you a great day!

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    January 26, 2010 at 10:59

  18. I´m always amazed at how untouched your world looks.
    And the analogy of the “fragility” of our relationships is great.

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    January 26, 2010 at 11:22

  19. the frost is gone now. Good you captured it.

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    January 26, 2010 at 11:33

  20. LadyFi: Wonderfully shown and written, life is so fragile.

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    January 26, 2010 at 13:49

  21. And human relationships often survive the cold and blossom when the spring comes as well.

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    January 26, 2010 at 13:50

  22. Gorgeous! Both words and picture.

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    January 26, 2010 at 13:55

  23. Beautiful photo, Lady Fi. I can see such detail in the snow on the branches.

    As I write this, the snowing is beginning to fall outside my window once more. I think we’re not done with winter yet, either.

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    January 26, 2010 at 14:05

  24. Gosh, that’s made me feel quite melancholy!!

    Gorgeous photo

    C x

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    January 26, 2010 at 14:31

  25. What a beautiful post. I love how you compared ice and trees to relationships. The photos are lovely as always. I think you must live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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    January 26, 2010 at 15:16

  26. and just like those seeds, relationships grow. it seems they have many different seasons. it is good to realise this as you go through them. we all have our favorite seasons, but each can be appreciated.

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    January 26, 2010 at 16:40

  27. Jen

    Great shots, and lovely prose.

    Jen

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    January 26, 2010 at 17:08

  28. To cling tenuously and then to let go…lovely expression both in words and photo.

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    January 26, 2010 at 20:38

  29. J

    The photo and the words go together beautifully. Friendships and relationships of all kinds are so fragile – for me the best destroyer seems to be going on holiday! Nothing like a few days in each other’s company to make you go off each other!

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    January 26, 2010 at 20:46

  30. Po

    What a stunning pic Ladyfi. And very poetic post.

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    January 26, 2010 at 21:59

  31. Seasons are amazing in what they accomplish!

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    January 26, 2010 at 23:43

  32. Clive

    Beautiful – both the words and the photo!

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    January 26, 2010 at 23:43

  33. what an amazing photograph!

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    January 27, 2010 at 01:18

  34. Lovely and full of deep thoughts.

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    January 27, 2010 at 01:24

  35. Gorgeous. I love how you wove relationships into it–beautiful imagery.

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    January 27, 2010 at 03:27

  36. That is just what I needed to hear right now. Thank you. Such a beautiful photo and sentiment.

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    January 27, 2010 at 03:56

  37. Lovely.. Lady Fi..I personally can’t wait for spring..alas it is a long way off..thanks for your encouraging words..I do appreciate them:)

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    January 27, 2010 at 04:38

  38. Great image for a great post.

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    January 27, 2010 at 04:49

  39. I’m so happy not to be freezing outside, although we do have tons of rain here in California. The photo is beautiful though. Thanks for the publishing link. Am off to check it out.

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    January 27, 2010 at 05:02

  40. There is something about the winter garden that is so beautiful and magical. This is a gorgeous picture.

    Thanks,
    xo

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    January 27, 2010 at 06:55

  41. so very true……

    beautifully said and illustrated

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    January 27, 2010 at 07:29

  42. you are so right in the analogy..that’s a beautiful photo you got there:) have a good week!

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    January 27, 2010 at 08:45

  43. Absolutely lovely and worth of the POTW win in every way. You draw the likeness of humans and nature in a very eloquent way.
    Thank you so much for stopping by my place and for your kind words,
    xo
    Zuzana

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    January 27, 2010 at 09:49

  44. Man o man, if it’s that cold I would be surprised if things weren’t hibernating. That is not my natural habitat!

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    January 27, 2010 at 11:54

    • We’re all hibernating… at least mentally! And more snow and ice forecast for this week too!

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      January 27, 2010 at 11:58

  45. You are so great at choosing the right words and photos to go together. Just beautiful.

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    January 27, 2010 at 14:05

  46. Congrats on POTW from Hilary… so well deserved as this is a wonderful reminder of just how important nature is in our everyday lives, and how important it is to accept change.

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    January 27, 2010 at 15:46

  47. Just think – France is not so very far from you and I’ve got green shoots on the rhododendrons

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    January 27, 2010 at 16:36

  48. Land of shimp

    That is a lovely picture, and a wonderful concept. Wouldn’t it be lovely to hibernate through until our own season had returned? Probably not, we’d miss a great deal but I’ve always envied trees their ability to wait out the bad weather, and flourish when it’s warmer.

    Congratulations on your mention for post of the week. I think the picture is particularly lovely.

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    January 27, 2010 at 16:46

  49. Congrats on POTW from Hilary

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    January 27, 2010 at 18:26

  50. the fragile bond between ice and tree – that’s lovely
    the photo is beautiful

    congrats on POTW

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    January 27, 2010 at 19:21

  51. Congratulations on winning Hilary’s POTW

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    January 27, 2010 at 19:22

  52. That was a lovely post.
    Congratulations on POTW.

    Nuts in May

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    January 27, 2010 at 21:22

  53. I’m only thin because I work out six days a week. It’s the only way to keep my curves under control!

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    January 27, 2010 at 23:12

  54. Visiting the POTW for the first time.
    and the first time here.

    truly incredible. glad to have you.

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    January 28, 2010 at 00:26

  55. Beautiful! You so deserve post of the week. Congrats!

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    January 28, 2010 at 02:06

  56. That was wonderful!

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    January 28, 2010 at 02:24

  57. So painfully true but beautifully expressed.

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    January 28, 2010 at 02:34

  58. Beautiful branches – such lovely Christals on them!


    Quiltworks!

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    January 28, 2010 at 03:01

  59. Beautiful picture, lovely words. Congrats on being named Post of the Week!

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    January 28, 2010 at 07:13

  60. SirPe

    Such a lovely picture, and such wise reflections! This was definitely worthy of the “Post of the Week” award!

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    January 28, 2010 at 10:08

  61. lovely poetry. gorgeous photo.
    stopping by from Soul Aperture. one love.

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    January 29, 2010 at 01:18

  62. I found you via Soul Aperture. I love how many of us are roaming the blogroads stopping to say hello here and there. So, hello to you. Happy almost-Friday.

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    January 29, 2010 at 04:57

  63. Great post!

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    January 30, 2010 at 11:19

  64. There’s a lot of truth there. Relationsheips can be fragile!

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    January 30, 2010 at 18:55

  65. Beautiful photo, and great food for thought about relationships, loss, and renewal.

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    January 30, 2010 at 19:18

  66. Lovely photo and lovely poetic reflection.

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    January 30, 2010 at 21:19

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