Monday, December 7, 2009

Snow Blossoms in a Garden Lost Hunting Ground


The Blue Bird does not seem to mind that there is a storm brewing . . .  that soon his hunting ground will be covered by a thick covering of cold snow. Then again . . . while preening . . .  perhaps he senses the coming loss of his life of leisure,  and once satisfied with his cleanliness . . .  he takes a few moments to admire the landscape and all the open terrain.







































It is not long before the sky pulls the covers up over the face of the sun and thousands and thousands of tiny carefully crafted flakes fill the air and begin to stick on ground, trees and shrubberies. Carey Hill and the distant mountain ranges are erased from view as the thick white curtain falls incessantly from day into night.


As the sun sets in the west the moon soon rises in the east, shouting out its mirrored light from behind the racing clouds. It is as if the moon is tossed about in a turbulent sea. Casting its hidden light not as bright all through the long blue night.























The Blue Birds must be huddled together under green boughs of Hemlock and Pine or in a vacant cavity in an old tree, embraced in feathery friendship for warmth and safety. Flocks of Juncos may be perched one by one upon a branch wearing white night caps. I should love to see them all in their hiding places and know they are safe and tight, for the their journey through the snowy night.
























On an evening such as this, I turn on the outside lights. It is pure magic to gaze out the windows, while all cozy from the warm fire and see the falling snow and transformation of naked trees, shrubs and perennials, as their garments of white are stitched together one perfect flake, or in some cases clusters, at a time. The garden is dressed in a lacy mantle of snow blossoms unique to each plant form.
























The first blush of dawn reveals a wondrous winter landscape. I find myself out in the midst of it, whilst the sun rises over the Mount Holyoke Range. With each step I draw a path through the gardens and I hope you will follow my snow prints in a couple of days to see the land and gardens all dress in white.

30 comments:

Di said...

Carol, such a beautiful blue bird; please tell him to come our way. ;) What a delightful room in which you relax and read, bringing the outdoors within your space... nothing quite like being able to work and touch nature simultaneously. Love that almost birds eye view of the snow-laden tree tops. Stay warm

Luis G. said...

Beautiful photos, with this little bird illuminated of blue, while the evening encircled of white(target), it(he,she) gives step to the dusk, with the Sun tacking his(her,your) last mouthfuls of light.

Nice article.

OF SPRING AND SUMMER said...

Beautiful pictures of the bird, with wonderful colours and the water in the background. Living in the middle of London it is not often I get the opportunity to see such beauty! Have a nice evening. Love, Ingrid

Thomas said...

Winter looks to be coming Carol. We have some much-need rain today.

Roses and Lilacs said...

We are about to get our first serious blizzard of the season. Looks like you beat us to it. Beautiful stuff but deadly for some of our feathered friends.
Marnie

fairegarden said...

What a scene, Carol! How cozy your space is too, I love seeing where people sit at their computers, easy to imagine the blog posts coming together from there. The poor little clean bluebird. I often wonder where the birds are during storms and cold too. Yet they return every early morning, before the sun rises, calling and eating. The snow is ethereal.
Frances

Carole said...

To me the first snowfall of the season is always the best. There's a time to enjoy the beauty and the silence before having to worry about shoveling and people who should never be allowed to drive in the snow. Thanks so much for sharing your first snowfall. And bluebirds are among my favorites!

sweet bay said...

Bluebirds are such a beautiful color. Great picture of the storm-tossed moon -- that would make an excellent Halloween shot. The Bluebirds here pile into the birdhouses like Eskimos into a canoe -- it's unbelievable how many fit in there!

You have a beautiful view out onto the snow, especially with those outoor lights.

Your sunrise pictures are so lovely!

azplantlady said...

Your landscape looks magical with it's blanket of snow. Since we do not get snow, I do love seeing photos of snowy landscapes such as yours.

Eva said...

It's hard to believe that only 11 miles away, we just had a dusting of snow. The views outside your studio windows are stunning . . . as is the moon and "racing clouds." The bluebird added a wonderful spirit of the advent of the storm. Thank you for sharing your first snowfall. As for us . . . soon enough!

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

I do the same thing when it snows at night.... turn on the outdoor lights and sit and enjoy the show from the warmth of my living room.

Grace Peterson said...

Hi Carol~~ What a beautiful setting to call home--your little [or not so little] slice of heaven. The bluebird is sweet.

The Violet Fern said...

A Blue Bird! - I have not seen a Blue Bird since I was a little girl in Wisconsin. Although, this past Spring I was blessed with a visit from an Indigo Bunting! I love this sequence and truly appreciate the beauty and magic you have created in your garden. It is a beautiful world.

Kiki said...

Super beautiful Carol! Gorgeous post..all that awesome nature!Wow..that little blue bird..I am smitten..what a treat..we don't get blue birds here..so to see an array of photos of the little fella was awesome!

Tammie Lee said...

the light in your bird photos is magic. I feel like I went on a weather journey with this wonderful post. Thank you for sharing, that was fun.

Randi said...

Wonderful photos. I love your little Blue bird. I love watching the little birds eating outside my window but we don´t have such a colourful bird here.
Have a nice evening!
Love, Randi

Kate said...

Oh, how very special. I absolutely love blue birds. I try every summer to lure the Mountain Bluebird into my gardens. Never have very good luck...

Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing. :)

easygardener said...

I love the way snow transforms the landscape - making everything beautiful and absorbing all sound. You have a lovely room from which to watch all this happening.
I do hope the bluebird found somewhere cosy to shelter. I often wonder where all the birds go in bad weather.

Ingrid in Umbria said...

Cara Carol,

Beautiful, simply beautiful! Fabulous winter ambiente. Who needs all those Christmas decorations? Nature is all it takes to put you into the mood.
Bacione e buon lavoro! Ingrid in Umbria

FlowerLady said...

Oh Carol ~ What a wonderful winterland you live in. I love your warm, cozy, inviting room with a view. Wow! Fabulous photography. I almost feel like I am there. Looking forward to seeing more.

FlowerLady

LeSan said...

I just love your descriptions. You painted such a perfect vision of winter perfection. My favorite was the tiny carefully crafted snowflakes. What an enchanting image that brought to mind. We so often overlook the extreme nature of design present in our everyday life.
I enjoyed the warm interior shots combined with the cold winter outdoors. Your thoughts of the birds made me laugh at myself. I always worry about them out there in the freezing temperatures. I want to build them little heated houses. I know, I know. I have issues. Some of us just never grow up I guess. LOL
Thank you Carol for another lovely and enchanting post.

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

I love your picture of the falling snow, what a wonderful shoot. I would love to get some snow here too, even if it stops the whole town. I can't help being very Scandinavian and loving snow in the Christmas time!

James Missier said...

The blue bird is so fragile looking and stunning.
Above all, I thought I saw the moon sticking out the tongue :)

Thank you for picking on my post in Blotanical.

"Terima kasih dan jumpa lagi"

Kanak Hagjer said...

It's enchanting...that landscape dressed in white! Your bluebird images are beautiful. So is the moonscape and the view of the snowy outside all lit up. Thank you including the shot of the falling flakes too!

Lillebeth said...

Although I do not enjoy winter your pictures are lovely. Magical! Does that little beautiful bird stay the hole winter? He looks so exotic.
Your house, your place, dear Carol, by the window looks so cosy, so peaceful. Have a nice day, and I sure will follow you around.

Moa said...

So many beatiful pictures.. The bird but mostly the winter pictures.. I love it.. looks so nice and I wish the snow comes to us soon.. Have a nice week/Moa

Jean said...

I do wonder about the birds during inclement weather. I love your toasty indoor shots. Can't wait to see your next post.

oiadweller said...

Who is a lucky lucky girl then? ;-)
Bluebirds visiting you and your very own snow covered masterpiece outside your window... no wonder you always write as if you're smiling Carol.
Enjoy your beautiful wonderland !
Best from Oia...
M

ruma2008 said...

It is very luxurious to watch natural art at night and noon.

It is the best happiness.

Kathleen said...

Pretty little bluebird ~ I hope he weathered the storm. I'll have to look at your profile and see where your garden is located. I thought bluebirds all migrated south for winter? Do you see them all year long there? You do have a nice cozy spot to blog! (and watch the great outdoors)

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