Thursday, January 22, 2009

SKYWATCH FRIDAY – The Heart of Winter


All through December we had very little snow, plus some unseasonably mild temperatures here on the north shore of Lake Erie. But once the calendar and the year flipped over, like much of the rest of the continent, we got huge falls of snow, and very cold temperatures. We are now deep in the heart of winter.

The day I took this photo of my front window, everything seemed white. It was calm at the moment, but high winds in the night had spackled snow on the sides of all the houses and trees. Deep drifts and hoarfrost robbed the day of its colors almost as surely as the moon blanches the colors at night. When I went out with my camera to capture this monochrome world, for a brief moment the faint sun broke through. The pale floral tints held captive in that looking-glass world seemed to promise, “Look for us to bloom in spring!”




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36 comments:

Lin said...

lovely photo you are brave to get outside to see the frozen world. very poetic words in your post.

me ann my camera said...

Spring you say? How soon can I expect it? Can I put in an order for it to arrive sooner? I am always ever hopeful and optimistic with each blush of the distant sun. I love watching for and seeing signs of spring at this white, frozen, time of year. Thanks for the view :-)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Love that reflection in the window, Deb... THere is a little 'hint' of spring there---just a little!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Squirrel said...

I always think of the heart of winter starting around now (George Washington's birthday and ending around the first day of March) March is the trickiest month ever! it gives us 78F days and Blizzards! (and here, April sometimes acts all Marchy for a week or two. but by the time mid March arrives the heart has long gone out of winter. We have our seed catalog selections made, and deliveries of bare root roses are planned, and so it's over in a sense, even if a Nor'easter blizzard howls through on April fools day we just wave it off and smirk, as we know we'll be planting peas soon.We are not in a winter frame of mind, even as we shovel snow. I laugh at spring snow HaHa! and shovel it happily! let winter have one more fling. Spring comes in our hearts first anyway, before the equinox.

Squirrel said...

kind of like the grinch not being able to wreck things for the woos,, nothing can freeze the spring inside our hearts when March arrives. Look how time flies past us...

Coming Soon: March!

bobbie said...

Delightful! Both picture and words.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes, please, Spring, come soon! Your photo is beautiful as always and so are your words -- as always! Thanks for sharing Deborah!

ellen b said...

What a lovely photo. Boy you do have winter where you are! Happy SWF!

Mojo said...

Great photo, but what I really love is the way you describe it! A word picture if you will. Nicely turned both photographically and liter...arily(?)

Pearl Maple said...

Cool photo of reflections, thanks for sharing your view of the sky with us all. Hope you did not get too cold.

Dewdrop said...

Such hopefulness... the sun is such a symbol of hope. I hope you're staying warm, Deborah!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Very nice reflection in the window. I didn't realize winter waited so long to reach you. We've been snow covered since November here in central Ontario.

Photo Cache said...

Looks very cold. Lovely reflection.

Guy D said...

Great shot Deborah, thanks for sharing.

Cheers!
Regina In Pictures

Michele said...

Neat idea with the reflection... turned out quite nicely! A beautiful post...
Mountain Retreat

Cloudia said...

"The pale floral tints held captive in that looking-glass world seemed to promise, “Look for us to bloom in spring!” "
Well done!! aloha

Raven said...

Lovely shot. Isn't it amazing how subtle the colors of winter are - and how some days the white and gray of the snow seems to wash all the color away even when it's there...

Tranquility said...

Ah, a perfect, quiet moment. Lucky you!

vincibene said...

Beautiful reflection picture!

Bradley Myers said...

It is cold here also, but we don't have that lake snow you get. Good shot for sky watch, stay warm.

Quiet Paths said...

Such delicate tracery of frost cover. Great idea for the reflection of winter sky.

Kallen305 said...

I love your idea of the window reflection to capture the sky. Very creative and pretty.

Rose said...

I like the picture but you worded it just right...

Wren said...

Lovely photo and fit reward for venturing out in the winter weather.

Ruth said...

I love interesting reflections and this one fits the bill! Yes, we have had a lot of snow this month and quite enough winter for my liking.

PJ said...

It looks like you're feeling the cold! I love the reflection in the window I get a feeling of domestic bliss seeing it. Happy SWF!
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Avid Reader said...

is it like Lawrence of Arabia except with snow?

magiceye said...

looks pretty

gel(Emerald Eyes) said...

This is very interesting shot. white on white. mmmm
Plus: beautiful writing!(I love to write and photograph.) "Spackled snow" .... "as the moon blanches" ...."looking-glass world".

Indrani said...

Farewell Winter?!
I know it is too cold out thee, but I have enjoyed your white winter shots very much and that is because I will never get to see it in real.

SandyCarlson said...

Deb,
I hope you enjoy Edna's poetry. She is really something. I have a recording of her reading some of her works. So much drama in the voice!

I love this view. We are deep in the heart of winter. I love the cold and stillness. There is a silence in your image that comes right through my screen and envelopes me. It very, very nice.

And it must be very nice to be on the other side of that window looking out on the wonderful sky, too!

Arija said...

A perfect captur in the window, with such a clear landscape reflected as well! Great shot.

HorribleLicensePlates said...

I cannot wait for spring. I do like a good snow though. Just the first couple of hours, before the salt trucks make it look dirty.

Mary said...

Brrrrr! It IS beautiful in it's own way, isn't it? But yes, I'm ready for spring, or at least a little taste of it... Have a great weekend!

Kathiesbirds said...

How nice of you to brave the cold just to capture a skywatch photo for us! I hope you had some warm tea waiting inside!

floreta said...

taking pictures of winter beauty is the only reason i go outside in the cold :D thanks for sharing.