The cloths of heaven

It was cold, sub-zero temperatures — and yet the air was so alive with crystals of moisture. There, at the end of the street, I saw a rainbow, which later on went to weave its colours into the clouds and skies.

Bringing to mind one of my favourite poems by W.B. Yeats…

HAD I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

For more magical skies, please visit: Skywatch!

45 responses

  1. Marvellous Photographs

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    January 29, 2010 at 06:33

  2. certainly beautiful!
    have a great week!

    come and visit me sometime! Here’s mine:
    Skywatch Mosaic

    have a beautiful day!
    xoxo,
    fickle

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    January 29, 2010 at 06:38

  3. Fantastic captures! And beautiful words to match! Always a pleasure coming here for a visit! Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for your visit and your lovely words! Enjoy! Stay warm!

    Sylvia

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    January 29, 2010 at 06:41

  4. Oj oj oj, vakre bilder, og ditt siste her var jo bare så flott da!

    God helg.

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    January 29, 2010 at 07:37

  5. Both of these are beautiful — I want the second one for my wall! Well-chosen words as well. Just lovely.

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    January 29, 2010 at 08:22

  6. You live in such a wonderful part of the world, that I should be jealous of you. But since you take such stunning photographs and share them with us, I am only thankful that I stumbled onto your blog.

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    January 29, 2010 at 09:37

    • Oh.. blush! Thank you for your kind words!

      I love your blog too…

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      January 29, 2010 at 09:40

  7. I read a book called Tread Softly in school that quoted that poem. That 2nd picture is lovely – still you are like my polar opposite the way you actually like winter.

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    January 29, 2010 at 09:55

    • Well, if I didn’t like winter, I’d be miserable 8 months of the year… Since I started embracing winter and accepting it, I’ve really started appreciating it more and more…

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      January 29, 2010 at 10:03

  8. Fantastic winter shots.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    January 29, 2010 at 09:57

  9. Looks like rainbow in fire. The last photo is so wonderful:-)
    Have a nice day!

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    January 29, 2010 at 10:05

  10. I love the mixture of the words and images….beautiful (as always :-D)

    C x

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    January 29, 2010 at 10:55

  11. Beautiful picture!

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    January 29, 2010 at 11:37

  12. Beautiful colors – I’ve never seen a rainbow juxtaposed with snow. Lovely …

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    January 29, 2010 at 12:38

  13. A gorgeous winter.
    Happy weekend Lady Fi.

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    January 29, 2010 at 13:00

  14. Stunning photos and one of my favourite poems to accompany it – wonderful🙂

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    January 29, 2010 at 13:03

  15. . . . I mean ‘them’

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    January 29, 2010 at 13:03

  16. wonderful pics…and i loved that verse…laid at your feet…

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    January 29, 2010 at 13:25

  17. Wonderful pictures ! A rainbow and snow ! how amazing !

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    January 29, 2010 at 14:30

  18. Clive

    Beautiful photos and of course you struck a cord quoting WB Yeats. http://www.lissadellhouse.com is the house in Co Sligo associated so famously with him – unfortunately having opened to the public two years ago – it is currently closed due to a planning issue/agrument with the local county council. Such a shame – the new owners had done a fanstatic job restoring the house and it should be one of the main tourist highlights in the west of Ireland. Hopefully it will open again …..

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    January 29, 2010 at 15:20

  19. These are such beautiful captures, beautiful winter colour and your quote is perfect. Thanks for coming by.
    Smiles

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    January 29, 2010 at 15:51

  20. Beautiful silhouettes with the beautiful sky background!

    Quiltworks

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    January 29, 2010 at 16:56

  21. Wow.. that second photo is pure magic!

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    January 29, 2010 at 17:39

  22. Yes, this is also one of my favourite poems with beautiful pictures to enhance it

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    January 29, 2010 at 17:53

  23. Jen

    Oh so beautiful.

    Jen

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    January 29, 2010 at 18:52

  24. Lovely photos. We were treated with a 3 minute rainbow this week–it was a treasure.

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    January 29, 2010 at 19:25

  25. That second photograph is my favorite…such glorious colors.

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    January 29, 2010 at 21:18

  26. Both those photos are amazing but the second one looks like it came from another world!!

    And the more Yeats poems I read, the more I like him.

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    January 29, 2010 at 21:43

  27. I have a pic of a rainbow that is so incrediblw so surreal I have to shw it u. Amazing poem

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    January 29, 2010 at 23:19

  28. A winter rainbow! Very special. The sky looks like a spreading dream.

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    January 30, 2010 at 01:15

  29. Perfect words and photos .
    And you are right… there is so much winter, so sometimes we must look for the things to be grateful for during it’s grip on our world.

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    January 30, 2010 at 03:31

  30. A rainbow in the snow– How awesome! Perfect pics for a beautiful poem.

    thank you
    jj

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    January 30, 2010 at 03:57

  31. Hi LadyFi,

    I hope you’re doing good. I’m here after much long time.

    I liked the last picture the most. I has a fairy feeling!

    There’s an award for you on my blog. Take it and showcase it on your blog!

    Beautiful Walls

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    January 30, 2010 at 05:57

  32. I was hoping maybe that there was no snow in heaven..I am not real fond of it ..even though your photographs make it look good:)

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    January 30, 2010 at 07:10

  33. Love the traces of color in the clouds in that second shot!

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    January 30, 2010 at 08:21

  34. Kata

    That was the last poem I was able to share with one of my patients before she died and it really touched her. precious memories for me.

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    January 30, 2010 at 17:21

  35. Beautiful photos of the winter light. I love the poem, too.

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    January 30, 2010 at 19:15

  36. kelli

    the words and the photos complement each other so well…..

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    January 30, 2010 at 20:56

  37. Stupendous! With that cold air over there, you really do have the most beautiful skies…and you always capture the most beautiful photos of those skies! Marvelous. 🙂

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    January 30, 2010 at 22:12

  38. zem

    Fantastic shots, and I love your choice of poetry to complement your images. Excellent!

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    January 30, 2010 at 22:15

  39. That tree’s lit up like a beacon. Fabulous.

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    January 31, 2010 at 02:36

  40. Lovely poem! And your last shot with the tree and sky….Wow! Love it! Thanks for paying mine a visit.

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    January 31, 2010 at 07:03

  41. Nice photos! :p

    And oh, I love that Yeats poem!❤

    Thanks for stopping by

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    January 31, 2010 at 17:40

  42. A rainbow without clouds! That´s so rare. I always love your pic´s!

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    February 1, 2010 at 11:16

  43. Simply amazing- the colors here are so fantastic !!!

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    March 6, 2010 at 06:43

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