The Lonely House

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The empty birdhouse.

No nest inside.

The silent tree.

No cheery chirping.

The wintry cold.

No bird seeking shelter?

The black hole at the front.

No curious head popping out.

It waits and waits….looking so lonely.

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Preserved in Snow

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Warm spells in winter

Cause icy snow to retreat;

Surprises revealed!

 

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Last week, for about a day and a half, the temperatures in our area moved up high enough that a good deal of the layers of snow and ice melted down.  As I was walking along the pathway toward the front door of our house on that warm afternoon, I noticed this still greenish oak leaf lightly embraced by retreating snow – but not withered and dry.  Still somewhat soft and pliable due to the preserving affect of the ice and snowy layers during the cold period.

 

 

 

 

Sunset in January

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Walking in snowshoes,

Through the quiet woods in back;

Just crispy snow sounds.

 

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Sunset at 5 p.m.  Last Wednesday.  My son, Stephen, and I went for a little snowshoe walkabout in our back woods, both of us with our 35 mm cameras in hand. For some snowshoeing fun…..for some creative photography fun…..for some fresh air…..it was a nicer temperature….the snow was still fluffy in parts, crispy in others…and white! 🙂

And as we were making our way back towards the front yard, both of us went crazy on capturing the sunset. This photo I particularly like, because of the equally colourful and layered sunset reflected in the van’s windows (as was painted in the sky). 

Yep. Did that on purpose! Haha!

 

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A few more photos from that walk:

 

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When I look at this birdhouse, there’s always the thought that at any moment a tiny bird will pop its head out to peek at me!

 

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In this one it looks as if there’s an antler coming out of its head.

So, can you see the white dog face in this image? Gazing off to the right….the two eyes and the nose….?

 

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Stephen walking up the hill….

 

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And beside where we were snowshoeing, in a few places we saw some animal tracks.  Here, some deer had passed through…..and also someone’s canine friend?

 

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And…..here I snuck one in, peeking over Stephen’s shoulder as HE was taking a photo!  🙂

 

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Ice is…Nice?

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Temperature drops,

Thin layer of frozen rain;

Smooth and rough textures.

 

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With all of our fabulous and pretty looking white snow, there are also days when the temperature dips well below zero Celsius, and precipitation then turns into ice instead of snow.

As with everything there is beauty to behold in the layers of ice on trees as they sparkle in the sunshine and in the icicles that form along doorways and roof eavestroughs.

However, in terms of transportation and mobility, sometimes that beauty is overlooked with the arduous chore of scraping layers of ice from doors and windshield and windows for safety and visibility reasons – and on occasion they can be quite thick!

One morning just over a week ago, my little blue car was sporting a light layer of ice.  Most of the thicker bits had already started to melt down.

Ice designs always fascinate me.

 

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Photo Study #1 – Icicles

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Ice water crystals,

Molded to the dormant forms

Of twigs, buds, and stems.

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Last year in January I went outside a couple of times with my camera to capture icicles – shimmering and reflecting in the winter sunshine…..also including one overcast day.  And yet, somehow I didn’t get to posting any of those on my blog.

I carried that little twinge of regret around for a while.

So, today another opportunity presented itself – albeit briefly – to run outside with camera again to get some shots of icicles.  As the temperature had warmed up some, the ice in places was melting quickly.  Even though I know there’ll be more snow coming our way here, as I walked along the walkway in the front yard, I didn’t want to pass on today’s crystalline gems.

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The top photo and this second one show ice crystals on the common lilac just outside the front door.

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The next ones are from various shrubs in the front yard garden….

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The above icicle is wedged snuggly in a V-shape of small branches.

 

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Above – fascinating to see the thicker opaque icicles alongside the thinner and more translucent ones.

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This triple drop icicle – seen above – caught my eye.  I kept thinking….from which one will the next water droplet fall?  Except these were solid ice, so it just looked as if….

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This one – below – I kept for last, as it looks the most like a work of art; nature’s own ice sculpture.

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Everything weather-wise can change so fast!

In the relatively short span of time….some 10-15 minutes?……of my going outside – with the sun shining at first….then the clouds blocking the sun….and then things getting darker….and then LOTS of snow……I was impressed at how fast the weather changed.

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Sun in Trees

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The orange circle

Suspended in the forest;

It has me spellbound.

 

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Once nature finally decided to give us our share of snow and wintry temperatures, we have once again been able to enjoy the beauty of the white blanket everywhere on the ground, the white garlands and dresses of the trees, and the crisp or muffled sound that snow makes when we step on it.

The always fresh and endlessly enticing magic of winter.

 

 

 

 

Snow Sparkles!

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Morning light on snow,

White with black shadow patterns;

Twinkelings galore!

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One morning about two weeks ago I went outside, to take out the recycling at the front of our lane way, and noticed how the snow was smiling and twinkling at me……everywhere I looked it was glistening on the smooth snowy surface.

Along with my favourite sound….the crisp and crunchiness of my steps on the hardened snow.

I was itching to get all the recycling out – fast!

You can imagine the fiddling I did with my camera settings so that I could capture those twinkles!  So much fun!  And it was worth it!

I hope it has you smiling.  🙂

 

 

A Winter Moon

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Bright orb…with halo

Suspended in the dark sky;

Quietly glowing.

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This winter’s moon is shining so brightly tonight!  And with that halo, it also adds a feeling of spookiness.

I enjoy looking up at the sky during daylight hours for pretty clouds and sunrises and sunsets, as well as, on occasion late at night, looking at the moon and  stars…..

Just now, a little after 3 a.m. I took out the garbage to the edge of the driveway (for pick-up later today), and as I was walking towards the far side of the house, I kept looking up to the sky, because tonight the moon is full and has this magnificent bright halo all around it with no clouds obscuring it from my sight.  So, after putting the garbage in its spot, I ran back to the house and grabbed my camera and shot through the silhouetted black, spindly branches to capture that glowing moon orb.
What a neat effect!

What I saw in passing…

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Dark tree silhouettes,

White snow on the ground with the

Sky bursting alive!

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This sunset occurred just a couple of evenings ago, and I only happened to notice as I was passing from one room to the next, busy with some tasks, and I glanced out the window.

What an explosion of colour!  Pinks, blues, a smidge of orange, and a glimmer of the descending sun’s yellow.  I immediately ran to get my camera and took some photos from the front door.

This artistic display disappeared all too quickly before darkness settled in, so I was even more glad that I happened to catch it when I did.

 

P.S.  I’ve been working away in spits and spurts on my next post…..you’ll see why soon…..stay tuned!  🙂