Friday, January 25, 2013

Gazing Into A Wintry Landscape of Wonder

Though the wintry landscape palette is not as colorful as other seasons,
 the raw sky does spread out a bright cloth with vivid rose and lavender hues 
each early morning and just before night.

Winter's beauty can be mesmerizing, though wind chills of -13 F do challenge the spirit.

Somehow we all adapt.

We are all creatures of habit. 
Late afternoons and early mornings, I often find our resident Red-tailed Hawk perching 
on the same branch, in more or less exactly the same location, within a stately Oak, 
which solidly stands in a clearing dotted with native blueberries not far from the forest's edge.

The Red-tailed Hawk stands out in a striking way within a foggy, snowy landscape.
Its underwing white mirroring that of the powdered coating etched upon the Oak's limbs
and shrouding a forest of Hemlocks and White Pines.

Winter's white and light can be beautiful and we acclimate to its frigid ways sometimes longing for warmer days.


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What serenely beautiful photos.

Hope you are doing well there in your winter wonderland.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Carol:
One can hear the stillness in these beautiful photographs, dearest Carol. As always you capture the very essence of your subjects. That painterly eye of yours sees every detail and the myriad of colours that we lesser mortals overlook.

The Red Tailed Hawk in flight is truly magnificent, especially when set against that snowy white landscape. How all the wildlife that you have at Flower Hill Farm must be grateful to you for thinking of their essential needs when it is so bitingly cold and foraging for food must be so difficult.

We hope that you are keeping warm indoors whilst the weather is so hostile. Take great care of yourself, we do worry so!!!

Country Gal said...

Awesome photos ! Winter has a peacefulness to it as well as beauty ! Stay cozy and have a good day !

Foxglove Lane said...

Just beautiful I am so happy I dropped by:~))

Carolyn ♥ said...

Lovely Winter scenes Carol.

Tammie Lee said...

red tail hawk was the first hawk i learned to identify, so lovely in color. It truly is beautiful amongst your winter.

Rohrerbot said...

Love your shots! You had me at Red-tail:)

Eva said...

You certainly communicate COLD in your photos. The morning light is lovely, though. Best seen from the warmth of the indoors.

I had to do a double-take on the following two images of the red-tailed hawk. So I appreciated your humorous comment, "We are all creatures of habit." Spectacular view of his underwing.

HELENE said...

Beautiful pictures! It looks very serene and peaceful - and cold :-)

Les said...

I love that the only color in the hawk pictures, are coming from the hawk. Stay warm!

By Nela said...

Preciosas fotografias!!!


By Nela said...

Preciosas fotografias!!!


sweetbay said...

A pair of Red Shouldered Hawks have been hunting near our house all winter and have gotten used to us. Winter does have its own brand of beauty but can be hard to bear!

Jennifer Richardson said...

oh what a handsome hawk....your camera and eye do him justice:)
i can't even imagine the subzero
as you watch for Spring
but i imagine your thaw
and summertime beauty
are magical.

Kalantikan said...

Hello dear Carol, I also you are doing well despite that cold. Your environment now is so alien compared to the previous landscape of the same Flower Hill Farm. I am sure you know i haven't experienced winter, nor a simple snow in the natural setting, so this is already 'alien' for me! And how beautiful it is to read an artist's words, sometimes i envy their way of putting words together! Take care Carol, best regards.

RobinL said...

Every winter I try to find the beauty, but I do struggle as it goes on. I do love those red tail hawks, I see them all around this area, even hovering over traffic with no one noticing but me.

Anja said...

Kära Carol!
What amazing visitor! And your shots are ...I have no word for it...amazing too... have to say.. I am impressed both of the visitor and your way to handle the camera..:)!
Gorgeous! /Kram! Anja

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