Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday Stroll - Ahead of Time...

Because we are having company today and I'm not sure how much time I will have to get outdoors with my camera, I am going to post photos of my walk yesterday. It was a very cold day, but so inviting with its crisp freshness that I had to get out and walk. I headed to the mailbox, but took the time to look around in wonder at how the beautifully the season was moving through these hills.

I stood at the end of the driveway and saw, through veils of snow, the sun shining softly above the lake.


In my warm, heavy boots, I walked north along our country lane, heading up toward the mailboxes which are about a quarter of a mail from the house. Snow fell in soft, fat flakes all around me.


As I walked, each bit of color caught my eye. Some color was provided my nature; some by my neighbors.

I reminded myself as I walked that winter, despite what our senses might perceive as evidence to the contrary, is a nurturing season. The heavy blanket of snow insulates the roots of the plants from bitter cold. Boughs and branches cradle their soft catch of snowfall. Eventually, though it seems a long time to wait, all of this snow will melt into the ground providing sustenance to the things that grow here.







A little handmade signpost points up the hill to the home of the farmers whose lands surrounds us on three sides. Wind and weather have torn away the words that gave meaning to this signpost, but it seems to me that this arrow just points me toward home.

At sunset I went out again. The air was colder, and the sky lit up with color.






When my oldest daughter, who was out with friends, called to ask if I'd seen the moon, I went out once more. The moon was astonishly large and lustrous as it rose on the eastern edge of the sky. My camera could not capture the white luminosity, nor the visible features, of the moon's face, but caught instead its shine and glow.




photos by Aisling, January 10, 2009


9 comments:

Nan said...

Oh, so wonderful! I love the signpost and what you wrote.

Aisling said...

Nan, Thank you! :)

Everydaywoman said...

What beautiful shots! It's so nice that you have a daughter who appreciates nature's beauty just as you do!

Aisling said...

Ruth, Both of my daughters have an appreciation of nature's beauty, and I'm so glad. Thanks for your nice comment! :)

Joyce said...

Aisling, Nan had a post up in the last day or so about the moon being especially close to the Earth right now. Your picture really captures that. Our cloud cover was too heavy to get to see it.
You live in such a beautiful place. I'd be strolling out there, too!

One Woman's Journey said...

What beautiful pictures. But I found them chilling. We have had no snow in my area. In fact I have a butterfly bush that is sprouting leaves. Stay warm and healthy. I love the picture of the moon.

Aisling said...

Joyce, I have to go catch up with Nan's blog and read about the moon's proximity to the earth. Thank you for your nice comment on my photos and my local.


Ernestine, Well, it certainly is cold here and expected to be colder still for the next week or so. Thank you for visiting me!

carolwarham said...

Beautiful pictures, many thanks for sharing them

Aisling said...

Carol,

Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed these photos! Nice to meet you!