Sunday, February 07, 2010

Sunday Stroll - February Light

On a cold, clear morning in February, the boards on the front deck creak under foot… but the air is still and quiet. Smoke rolls out the chimney, pearly white against a blue sky. Frost and slivers of ice cling to tree branches and blades of grass. Where the sun touches the snow, it sparkles.

It seems as if the entire world is sleeping, except for the rippling light and the shadows at play between the leafless trees. Then, the quick dart of a bright red cardinal and his blushing bride catch the eye.
A little mole, glossy and dark, scurries across the glinting snow, too quickly for photos. He drops through his half-moon door into a hidden nest.

Taking my cue from the mole, I scramble back up the hill, and scurry into my own warm nest.

Where you are, what ever the weather, I wish you beautiful light.

all photos by Aisling, February 7, 2010


One Woman's Journey said...

Aisling, I love visiting your little corner of the world.
My snow has melted and the sun is shining. Can almost sense Spring.
I am going out on the deck and sit in the sun - covered with my heavy jacket. Have a good day!!!
Wonderful images.

Aisling said...

Ernestine, Thank you! I love to have you visit. How nice that the snow is melted and the sun shining in your area. It must feel lovely to sit out on the deck! :)

Cloudhands said...

Love your pictures, they sparkle and shine so sharply. The birds each seemed to be fluffed out to the max. Here, farther east than Ernestine, it is overcast snowy and very nippy outside. It is the kind of chill that seems to seep inside and chill the bones.

Aisling said...

Oh Mom, I know all about that kind of chill! Brr! Stay warm and dry. Thanks for admiring my northern winter photos!

Prairie Star said...

Aisling, I'm smiling because I enjoyed the opportunity to stroll "with" you while sitting all warm in my chair.

I'm fascinated by the ice slivers. I'd never seen that before! Grinning 'cause I guess that really gives away my southern raisin', doesn't it?

Thanks for taking me along, friend.

Aisling said...

Prairie Star, Glad you could join me and stay warm while wondering over the icy world around me!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Ok, now I'm convinced. I need to experience this next year in Maine.

I especially love the frost on the grass (I think it is ice), also seeing the cardinal. Hurrah!



Aisling said...

Sharon, I know winter in Maine would be beautiful, so I hope you get that chance. Thank you for the friendly note. I loved coming home from a long day at school, and finding your "note on my door." :)

Jessica Monte said...

Just gorgeous Aisling. Absolutely stunning. You truly have the photographer's eye. And transcendental too.

Have you thought about signing up for bluebirdbaby's winter beauty challenge?

Aisling said...

Jessica, Thank you! I haven't checked out bluebirdbaby's winter beauty challenge. It sounds like it would be lovely, even just to go see everyone's elses photos. I'm not sure I can add another "to do" to my list at this point. I have a nearly overwhelming amount of homework these days!

Thank you for letting me know you enjoy these photos. When I start to grumble over winter, these posts help me remember what is beautiful about the season. :)

Mrs. Money said...

Wow, beautiful pictures! I am so glad I found your blog. :)

Aisling said...

Thank you! It was a pretty day. Come back next week if you'd like; we stroll just about every Sunday. I'll come by soon and return your visit. Nice to meet you!

Mandie said...

Those photos are beautiful. I think that the female cardinal is just beautiful with her green and the male, well, beautiful against the white snow. I also love the way snow glistens in the sun. Have a beautiful Valentine's Day!

Aisling said...

I agree with you completely about the cardinals! Thank you for coming by. I wish you a happy Valentine's Day too! :)