Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday Ramble - The Small, the Blue, the Transcendant

She is a little weary of deep snow and icy cold, and at times, she is even a little tired of the color blue, no matter how intensely blue the blue happens to be.

It is at such times that something curved or fragile or delicately robed in snow shows up and begs rapt and focused attention, glossy bubbles suspended in the ice of the frozen creek, snow crystals frosting the evergreens over her head, an oak leaf in the trail at her feet, pine cones casting vivid shadows in pools of early morning sunlight.

Just when she decides that she will not sketch another icicle or take another photo of such things, another eloquent winter tableau presents itself to the eye. Small and perfect, complete within itself, it conveys an elemental peace and balance, lowers the blood pressure and stills the breathing, returns her eyes and focus to simplicity and grace and assent.

For a minute or two, her pain subsides into the background, and balance returns. It is a miracle that she is standing here at all, and her fleeting interval on the edge of the woods has to be enough. It is enough and more.

There are worlds great and small everywhere, worlds within and worlds without, and every one is a wonder to behold and remember and love with her eyes. Surely, she can do this for a little while longer.

10 comments:

Claire said...

Perfect words to accompany a perfect image...
Thank you :)

Tabor said...

Beautiful words and such a perfect still life. We all feel that way, in my area it is the end of hot sweaty summer when I beg for a cool breeze of fall.

Barbara R. said...

Lovely image. Yes, I understand the impatient feelings...and also those which traverse pain and beauty. Here we have this warm weather that all the birds and plants are responding to as if it's April. They may well be sorry. I just watch. And watch again and again. We are observers, and perhaps that's why we blog.

Lindsay said...

it is such a privilege to see nature through your eyes.

Kameshwari said...

This crystalized moment, so perfectly delivered. Hugs to you.

Mystic Meandering said...

"simplicity and grace and assent" - beautiful reminders for us all. Facing into life one day at a time... Am sorry for your ongoing pain - perfectly endured, like the cold of winter... <3

Riognach said...

"...love with her eyes..." Aaaaaaahhh. Blessings, and may your pain pass soon.

christinalfrutiger said...

Perhaps these winter gifts of nature are there for you to find them now and somehow ease a little of your pain with their beauty. I hope they do. I know you treasure them in sickness and in health. And hopefully good health will be restored back to you soon...
Take good care and know that "No winter lasts forever, No spring misses it's turn!
Such a beautiful photo!

Guy said...

A beautiful tableau to add to so many lovely thoughts and perfect photos here.

My best to you.
Guy

sarah said...

So beautiful. I wish you strength and comfort.