Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Out of the Snow, a Reminder

For all the white stuff deposited here this winter, the endless shoveling and heaving, our weariness of the season and all its trappings, it gifts us with surprises now and then, sometimes like this morning's image.

Pleasing bits of gnarly magic poke their heads out of the snow, and they are always wonderful to see. Desiccated remnants of last summer that they are, they are powerful reminders of its warmth and light, its glorious coloration and fragrance, and they awaken something within.

The dried fronds, wands and seed heads coming back into the light of day have curving, sinuous shapes and just a hint of the vibrant hues they once wore, and they are signs that winter is "getting old". We perch in towering snowdrifts, bear witness to the long white season's passing, think about springtime and nesting owls, about maple syrup gathering, about snowdrops and songbirds. We (season and humans) rattle and creak and go on.

Perceptions totter, wither, fade and take on strange shapes in late winter, and we need reminders of the earth's own wonder, magic and infinite change, in this case a strand of last summer's common tansy with flowing arty curves against a background of deep blue snow.

4 comments:

Barbara Rogers said...

Such a good reminder, the seasons turn oh so slowly. Last fall we waited and waited, and then boom, she was gone in a flash...no real autumn season at all here. I'm not waiting in snow as much as greyness and rain and more rain and more greyness!

Tabor said...

Sunny today with browns and grays everywhere. Snow in a few days, but mayot be enugh to be beautiful for long. That seedy plat looks like it is dancing.

Mystic Meandering said...

We don't get too many 'big snows' here near Denver, Colorado - just in the mountains of course. Today a light dusting of slowly falling snow. Just enough to cover the ground. We have crazy winters here that often start in October with a big whoosh, then fizzle out til Jan/Feb. Then March and April turn out to be our big snow months - usually. We'll see what this year brings...

Lilian Nattel said...

A beautiful reminder, image and words.