Winter sunflowers

I love the bare bones of winter. The windswept solitary landscapes that speak of cold and golden moments of stillness.

It’s a mistake to think that winter is a dead season. It’s a season of well-deserved rest for nature,

And beneath those bones, there is furious activity after a long period of sleep. Seeds are popping, roots growing,

Flowers waiting patiently to be born.

Beneath the weight of ice and snow, there is a feeling of something more…

Something is waiting there.

It’s just that we can’t see the whole story.


For more winter (or summer skies), please visit: Skywatch.

69 responses

  1. yet….and i cant wait…i got patience issues…lol…love that first shot…

    March 3, 2011 at 14:24

  2. Beautiful words and images, pure poetry. I agree with you completely on the sentiments of winter. It is tranquil and protecting unseen life.

    March 3, 2011 at 15:33

  3. So true. I love it too!

    March 3, 2011 at 15:36

  4. You said that so beautifully, Fi! You are a true artist the way you manage to catch those images with your camera.

    I only wish winter were a bit shorterđŸ˜‰

    March 3, 2011 at 15:38

  5. Oh, today the sun is so strong.. I’m a spring girl.

    March 3, 2011 at 15:51

    • Sun here too… deliciously warm. Making diamonds on the ice…

      March 3, 2011 at 16:49

  6. How very true, this year I felt the winter was a time of deep introspection, I am waiting too, for something in me to be born.
    Such a profound post. Lots to reflect, I love it. Thank you, ladyfi

    March 3, 2011 at 16:25

  7. LadyFi: I love your headers and you capture winter so wonderfully.

    March 3, 2011 at 16:43

  8. Hi there! Thanks for dropping by my blog & leaving a comment. The photos in your blog are absolutely stunning!

    March 3, 2011 at 16:52

  9. Breathtaking!

    March 3, 2011 at 16:54

  10. Oh yes, so true. It’s going to explode.. just not yet. Lovely photos and poetic words.

    March 3, 2011 at 17:03

  11. What an unusual shot. I love that you put it into context with both the words and the larger photo.

    March 3, 2011 at 17:08

  12. Beautiful, very poetic images.

    March 3, 2011 at 17:14

  13. How is it possible to make a dead sunflower look so beautiful dressed in blue?

    March 3, 2011 at 18:06

  14. Jen

    One of the coolest things about blogging is seeing bloggers grow, and expand their talents.

    Your shots are simply breathtaking, I love the direction that you are going in.

    It makes me almost yearn for those cold winter temps, notice I said almost.

    How is that backhoe doing digging in the snow?

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

    March 3, 2011 at 19:57

  15. So beautiful! Your words and images convey that sense of waiting and anticipation so well.

    March 3, 2011 at 20:09

  16. Amazing winter!
    Wonderful captures Lady Fi.

    Happy weekend.

    March 3, 2011 at 20:29

  17. and it’s amazing just how quickly it all starts coming alive with the slightest increase in temps!

    March 3, 2011 at 21:30

  18. so many subtle colours in that second photo! It’s lovely!

    March 3, 2011 at 21:41

  19. Love your images, but more importantly I love how you write. Have a lovely day.

    March 3, 2011 at 22:18

  20. Maggie May

    What a beautiful photo and of course even though everything looks dead under the snow, there is always life stirring.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

    March 3, 2011 at 22:27

  21. I think I can hear spring rustling through those dried grasses and sighing in the frosty pink glow. The layers in that last photo really draw the eye to the horizon.

    March 3, 2011 at 23:23

  22. “In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree, in cocoons a hidden promise….”
    With patience we see the beauty in each step.
    Lovely images! I especially like the second one.

    March 3, 2011 at 23:52

  23. Lovely pictures! Winter in pictures is lovely! Wish I were viewing it from Florida!!!:)

    March 4, 2011 at 00:38

  24. “Oh pretty.”

    Not a very eloquent sentiment, but evidently a very sincere one since I said it out loud when I saw your post.

    March 4, 2011 at 00:43

  25. that was lovely!!

    March 4, 2011 at 01:55

  26. Love the blues in that first photo. And I do agree with you that winter is a time of rest.

    March 4, 2011 at 01:55

  27. How in the world did you find a way to make those look so stunning … that first shot is gorgeous!

    March 4, 2011 at 02:04

  28. I love the look of a wintry landscape, yours are gorgeous!

    March 4, 2011 at 02:06

  29. … New life!

    Can’t wait till spring!
    Everything will be new again.

    March 4, 2011 at 02:10

  30. I love the mood of these, the texture, and the warmth that permeates the cold.

    March 4, 2011 at 02:44

  31. Absolutely gorgeous shots. I have not seen a sunflower in this color before. A lovely post and I did so enjoy your visit.

    March 4, 2011 at 03:09

  32. girl from cherry blossom street

    Another story yet to unfold.
    An awakening!
    Something to look forward to.
    Stunning photo of the sunflower!

    March 4, 2011 at 04:49

  33. Beautiful thoughts and a wonderful take on a season I’ve never really experienced! When the genie grants me three wishes, I may ask to get dropped in to your winter for a few days, just long enough to experience what it’s really like. (I guess the second wish would have to be for an entirely new wardrobe ;>)…Florida stuff just wouldn’t fut it.)

    March 4, 2011 at 05:05

  34. I couldn’t agree more about winter. your photos just blow me away.

    March 4, 2011 at 05:14

  35. Wonderfully depicted.
    You are seeing the beauty of reality, I see the beauty of a dream.We are between seasons.

    March 4, 2011 at 06:18

  36. Thank you for helping me to see winter in a different light. I have always loved winters — until this year and for some reason I’ve had trouble dealing with the cold and the gray — maybe it has to do more with aging than climate, but whatever, you’ve helped me see as I did years ago. Have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!


    March 4, 2011 at 06:24

  37. Master of poetry and photographs.
    Joyce M

    March 4, 2011 at 06:30

  38. Great flow of words, very nice read and lovely pics.

    March 4, 2011 at 06:52

  39. beautiful shots, love the second one
    happy weekend

    March 4, 2011 at 07:27

  40. Ladyfi; I had a long, pondering look at the winter pictures. Like you said, underneath all this snow and cold and ice is a lot of activity as the roots of trees grow through winter. The scenery, birds, barns it is all life; here and wonderful. You are a great artist with words and pictures. Congratulations.

    March 4, 2011 at 09:09

  41. Oh gosh both photos are equally beautiful you have in deed captured the spirt of the moment. Thanks for sharing with sky watch friday and your kind comments on my post earlier.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:01

  42. Think I may be out on a limb here, but I like the second picture more – its just pure winter.


    Stewart M – Australia

    March 4, 2011 at 10:08

  43. great photos and wise words to match. have a great weekend.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:25

  44. The waiting for the end of the story is the hard part. It will come!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:31

  45. a different way to look at sunflowers.:)

    March 4, 2011 at 12:19

  46. Your photos are very dramatic!

    Thanks for dropping by…

    March 4, 2011 at 12:51

  47. Wonderful winter shots. Very nice perspective.

    March 4, 2011 at 13:03

  48. So soft, quiet, and lovely. Have a wonderful weekend.:)

    March 4, 2011 at 13:38

  49. Beautiful shots,for me winter is always special because i haven’t experience it.

    March 4, 2011 at 13:54

  50. Beautiful, poetic insight of how the earth works in winter, and breathtaking shots!

    March 4, 2011 at 14:34

  51. Beautiful pictures, but I long for spring skies now !

    March 4, 2011 at 16:33

  52. The first photo is AWESOME!
    I took a similar photo as yours (w/o snow)…
    Thanks for sharing.

    March 4, 2011 at 16:37

  53. Oh wow. The joys of following back. What a delightful blog you have. I shall be back. The mix of words and images is irresistible.

    March 4, 2011 at 16:51

  54. Awesome photography!

    March 4, 2011 at 20:49

  55. I’m with you–there is life going on right under the snow! Lovely photos.

    March 4, 2011 at 21:43

  56. Amy

    Such true comments and gorgeous photography!! I’m like a kid waiting on Christmas, only I’m waiting on spring!!! YEAH!!!!:-) By the way, another huge congratulations on AB1’s huge achievement, how exciting!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

    March 4, 2011 at 23:36

  57. We are just starting to see signs of the rebirth here. The will get covered with snow and continue to bloom. Amazing and beautiful.

    March 5, 2011 at 01:35

  58. There’s a Swedish Church in London, which I haven’t been to yet.
    I think I am a church geek!
    I love taking photos of stained glass windows!

    March 5, 2011 at 02:04

  59. what stunning photos….but how I wish spring were here….

    Gill in Canada

    March 5, 2011 at 12:24

  60. How I love this! I feel exactly the same way about winter and love winte images. You are so right, so much is going on deep inside, beneath the surface. Welcome winter.

    March 5, 2011 at 13:45

  61. Yes, it`s so wonderful! I think the clors is so delicate and romantic.
    Hope you have a nice weekend:-)

    March 5, 2011 at 16:32

  62. How true! I can’t until we can see it all! Love the buried sunflowers!

    March 6, 2011 at 00:09

  63. Beautiful sky and mesmerizing words. Deeply moving and reflective thoughts on winter. I really enjoyed this.

    March 6, 2011 at 00:49

  64. MAGICAL!! I don’t know which I like best…the first one is so surprising. How can something seemingly dead look so beautiful? And that second one makes me feel like I am there, breathing in the beauty…savoring the view…

    March 6, 2011 at 22:06

  65. On the first,how can something seemingly dead look so beautiful? And that second one… makes me feel like I am there, breathing in the beauty…savoring the view…

    March 6, 2011 at 22:08

  66. absolutely gorgeous!

    March 7, 2011 at 01:24

  67. Well said..but I am getting impatient! I bet you are too:)

    March 7, 2011 at 05:49

  68. Oh, my breath has been taken away:) WOW.WOW!

    March 10, 2011 at 14:44

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