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

    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!

    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!


    January 29, 2010 at 06:41

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

    God helg.

    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.

    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.

    January 29, 2010 at 09:37

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

      I love your blog too…

      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.

    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…

      January 29, 2010 at 10:03

  8. Fantastic winter shots.
    Have a nice weekend.

    January 29, 2010 at 09:57

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

    January 29, 2010 at 10:05

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

    C x

    January 29, 2010 at 10:55

  11. Beautiful picture!

    January 29, 2010 at 11:37

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

    January 29, 2010 at 12:38

  13. A gorgeous winter.
    Happy weekend Lady Fi.

    January 29, 2010 at 13:00

  14. Stunning photos and one of my favourite poems to accompany it – wonderful:-)

    January 29, 2010 at 13:03

  15. . . . I mean ‘them’

    January 29, 2010 at 13:03

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

    January 29, 2010 at 13:25

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

    January 29, 2010 at 14:30

  18. Clive

    Beautiful photos and of course you struck a cord quoting WB Yeats. 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 …..

    January 29, 2010 at 15:20

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

    January 29, 2010 at 15:51

  20. Beautiful silhouettes with the beautiful sky background!


    January 29, 2010 at 16:56

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

    January 29, 2010 at 17:39

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

    January 29, 2010 at 17:53

  23. Jen

    Oh so beautiful.


    January 29, 2010 at 18:52

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

    January 29, 2010 at 19:25

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

    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.

    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

    January 29, 2010 at 23:19

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

    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.

    January 30, 2010 at 03:31

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

    thank you

    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

    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:)

    January 30, 2010 at 07:10

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

    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.

    January 30, 2010 at 17:21

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

    January 30, 2010 at 19:15

  36. kelli

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

    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. :)

    January 30, 2010 at 22:12

  38. zem

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

    January 30, 2010 at 22:15

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

    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.

    January 31, 2010 at 07:03

  41. Nice photos! :p

    And oh, I love that Yeats poem!❤

    Thanks for stopping by

    January 31, 2010 at 17:40

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

    February 1, 2010 at 11:16

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

    March 6, 2010 at 06:43

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